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Crimes and Misdemeanors - 1989

Director: Woody Allen
Production Company: Orion Pictures Corporation
Crimes et délits
Tagline: A film about humanity.
Genre: Drama
Run Time: 107 minutes

Film Synopsis

Woody Allen's Oscar-winning film about the difficult decisions people must make in life. Here Allen combines two distinct threads of comedy and drama. Successful optician Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) must contand with an affair that threatens to destroy his marraige, while, in another story, unsuccessful documentary filmmaker Cliff (Woody Allen) tries to woo Halley (Mia Farrow). Allen's point with his own subplot was that good intentions mean nothing. In order to earn the gratitude of others, what actually matters in life is success and acomplishment, as represented by Alan Alda's character. The second point, as illustrated with Landau's storyline, is that there is no God, and morality is purely up to the individual. Who lives happily ever after?

Main Cast Noteables

Bill Bernstein
Testimonial Speaker
Martin Landau
Judah Rosenthal
Claire Bloom
Miriam Rosenthal
Stephanie Roth
Sharon Rosenthal
Gregg Edelman
George J. Manos
Photographer (as George Manos)
Anjelica Huston
Dolores Paley
Woody Allen
Cliff Stern
Joanna Gleason
Wendy Stern
Alan Alda
Sam Waterston
Zina Jasper
Dolores Sutton
Judah's Secretary
Joel Fogel
T.V. Producer (as Joel S. Fogel)

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Movie Remarks

by February 10, 2012
Woody Allen: Moral Life Sucks

After watching this movie in the theater during its original 1989 release, a friend who was with me turned and observed that Woody Allen had officially moved from making movies with optimistic outcomes to the exact opposite. Allen had always been famously nihilist and existential in his films, to the point of opening mocking himself over it. But if you watch Annie Hall or Hannah and Her Sisters, Allen makes it a point to insert something hopeful.

Not in the case of Crimes and Misdemeanors. Allen clearly draws his lines with the characters of Cliff Stern, Allen's starving artist seeking to do good in the world, and Judah Rosenthal, the optician played astonishingly well by Martin Landau. Stern puts up a good fight, but by the movie's final scenes he's completely crushed. Contest over.

Allen's story comes from a similar idea in the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, with an alternative resolution. People will also recognize the theme of getting away with murder in Match Point.

Martin Landau's bravura performance presents a man attempting to deal with his conflicts, ultimately compartmentalizing them so that he may proceed enjoying life. Landau earned a well-deserved Oscar for his role, leaping up out of his chair when his name was called. Overcome with emotion, he stammered through an acceptance speech until the orchestra shut him down.

Crimes and Misdemeanors Movie Trivia & Awards:

Many fans already know that Daryl Hannah's scenes were edited down to a brief cameo. But did you also know....


Budget: $19m (USA)

$18.254m (USA), SEK 1,722,069
Release Date: October 13, 1989 (USA) February 21, 1990 (France - Crimes et délits), March 16, 1990 (Finland), February 23, 1990 (Sweeden)

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