A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead.

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Woody Allen
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Larry Lipton
Diane Keaton ... Carol Lipton
Jerry Adler ... Paul House
Lynn Cohen ... Lillian House
Ron Rifkin ... Sy
Joy Behar ... Marilyn
William Addy William Addy ... Jack, the Super
John Doumanian John Doumanian ... Neighbor
Sylvia Kauders ... Neighbor
Ira Wheeler Ira Wheeler ... EMS Doctor
Alan Alda ... Ted
Anjelica Huston ... Marcia Fox
Melanie Norris ... Helen Moss
Marge Redmond ... Mrs. Dalton
Zach Braff ... Nick Lipton
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Storyline

Larry and Carol are fairly normal New Yorkers who have sent their son off to college. They meet an elderly couple down the hall and later in the week find that the wife has suddenly died. Carol becomes suspicious of Paul who seems to be too cheerful and too ready to move on. She begins her investigation. Larry insists she is becoming too fixated on their neighbor as all of the irregularities seem to have simple non-homicidal explanations. Ted, a recently divorced friend helps her investigation and Larry begins to become jealous of their relationship and agrees to help her. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, and for elements of violence in a comic murder mystery | See all certifications »

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Larry and Carol discuss the murder during the overture of "Guys and Dolls." A revival of the musical opened on Broadway in 1992 and ran through early 1995. See more »

Goofs

When they review the plot for the perfect murder, they all agree that Mr. and Mrs. House stood to gain if the "other woman" died. However, then it doesn't make sense for Mrs. House and the other woman to switch identities, pretending that Mrs. House died instead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Larry Lipton: C'mon, you promised to sit through the hockey game without being bored,
Carol Lipton: [overlapping] I know, honey, I promised.
Larry Lipton: and I'll sit through the Wagner opera with you next week.
Carol Lipton: I know.
Larry Lipton: I already bought the earplugs.
Carol Lipton: Yeah, well, with your eyesight I'm surprised you can see the puck. Wow, yay, come on.
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Connections

Referenced in Wild Canaries (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Have You Met Miss Jones
(1937)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Art Tatum-Ben Webster Quartet
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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"I'm gonna break this thing wide open!"
28 December 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

One of Woody Allen's winners from the 1990s (albeit on a minor scale) reunites him quite snugly with Diane Keaton; the two have such a lived-in rapport (with plenty of jabs but no fatigue) that the sight of them together again in a comedy is an automatic uplift. They portray the Liptons, a regular New York City couple who suspect foul play from their elderly apartment neighbor whose wife has suddenly died. Smooth, smartly assembled nuttiness with sensational support from Alan Alda as a playwright (with a crush on Keaton) and Anjelica Huston, putting off terrific comedic heat as a novelist. Wrapped up wonderfully with an homage to Orson Welles' "The Lady From Shanghai". Great fun, and perfect lightweight fare. ***1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manhattan Murder Mystery See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,015,360, 22 August 1993

Gross USA:

$11,330,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,330,911
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Dolby SR (Mono)| SDDS

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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