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Crimes and Misdemeanors


Overview - CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is Woody Allen's most mature, most profound film. Martin Landau plays Judah Rosenthal, a successful ophthalmologist having an affair with Dolores (Anjelica Huston), who is threatening to reveal their relationship unless Judah commits to her and leaves his wife.  Read more...

 

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Overview

CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is Woody Allen's most mature, most profound film. Martin Landau plays Judah Rosenthal, a successful ophthalmologist having an affair with Dolores (Anjelica Huston), who is threatening to reveal their relationship unless Judah commits to her and leaves his wife. He admits his sin to Ben (Sam Waterston), a friend, a patient, and a learned rabbi who is losing his eyesight but not his faith. Judah turns to his brother Jack, who is connected to the mob and can make Dolores disappear. Allen plays Cliff Stern, a documentary filmmaker who accepts an assignment to film his pompous, successful brother-in-law, Lester (Alan Alda), a comedy star; both Cliff and Lester fall for Hallie Reed (Mia Farrow), a producer involved in the documentary. Allen the director brings all the characters together in a fabulous mix of comedy and drama, deceit and delight. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is a marvel of complexity, with fascinating, well-written characters; deep, complicated relationships; and thought-provoking examinations of religion, infidelity, morality, murder, comedy, and tragedy.

Cast List

Sven Nykvist - Swedish Director Of Photography/Director
Woody Allen - Actor/screenwriter/director
Allan Stewart Konigsberg - Actor/screenwriter/director
Caroline Aaron - American Supporting Actress
Jerry Orbach - American actor
Anjelica Huston - American actress, THE GRIFTERS/THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
Jenny Nichols - Child Actress/Mike's Kid
Sam Waterston - American Actor
Santo Loquasto - Woody Allen's pd
Mia Farrow - American actress, ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow - American actress, ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
Martin Landau - Oscar winning actor, ED WOOD
Claire Bloom - British Actress
Claire Blume - British Actress
Robert Greenhut - Producer
Susan E. Morse - Editor
Joanna Gleason - American film, stage and television actress
Alan Alda - American Actor/Director
Alphonso D'Abruzzo - American Actor/Director
Jeffrey Kurland - Costumer

 
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  • UPC: 027616862662
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

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Synopsis:
In this uneasy blend of tragedy and comedy, two crosscut plotlines--one a "crime" and the other a "misdemeanor"--investigate modern moral codes. In one, an adulterous ophthalmologist (Martin Landau) hires a hit man to kill his scheming mistress (Angelica Huston) when she threatens to destroy his perfect society marriage by exposing the affair. In the other, a screenwriter (Woody Allen) agrees to pen a tribute to his brother-in-law (Alan Alda), an obnoxious comic, while postponing a more worthy project, a documentary about a Judaic theologian. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is one of prolific director Woody Allen's most complex films.

Notes:
The film was shot on location in New York City; its estimated budget was $13 million. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS screened at the Berlin Film Festival, February 1990. Allen has said that this film is a companion piece to HANNAH AND HER SISTERS. HANNAH centered around the relationships among three sisters, where brothers are the focus in this later film. Daryl Hannah makes an uncredited appearance as Lester's new actress, in an early party scene. The film marks Mia Farrow's 10th straight leading appearance in a Woody Allen film. Theater director Jerry Zaks appears in the film as Man on Campus. Writer-director Nora Ephron makes a cameo as one of the wedding guests. The film includes clips from MR. AND MRS. SMITH, THIS GUN FOR HIRE, HAPPY GO LUCKY, THE LAST GANGSTER, and FRANCIS, THE TALKING MULE. Although they have no scenes together in CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, Sam Waterston and Jerry Orbach went on to star together in the television series LAW AND ORDER.

Reviews:
"...In this risky, riveting film, our most prolific and provocative moviemaker uses his wit to touch a nerve. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is so funny it hurts..." - 11/02/1989 Rolling Stone, p.35


"...Allen's most securely serious and funny film to date....The writer and director continues to be his own most vital on-screen force..." - 10/13/1989 New York Times, p.C19


Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1989" List - 12/24/1989 New York Times, p.II,11


"...Brainy, poignant....Landau, Huston and Jerry Orbach give the story a dark, pathetic edge..." - 10/13/1989 Los Angeles Times, p.C12


"...Woody Allen's masterful oddball -- half-morbid, half-uproarious..." - 05/16/1997 USA Today, p.3D


"[T]his is an ambitious blend of comedy, drama and ruminations on humanity that Allen juggles with the skill of a director on top form." - 08/01/2001 Uncut, p.141

 
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