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Manhattan - 1979

Director: Woody Allen
Production Company: Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 96 minutes
Tag Line: Woody Allen's New Comedy Hit

Film Synopsis

Issac Davis (Woody Allen) is torn between two girlfriends: the very young and earnest Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), and indecisive pseudo-intellectual Mary Wilkie (Diane Keaton). During this time, Keaton also has an on-off affair with Davis' married friend Michael Murphy.

To complicate things further, Allen quits his day job to write a novel, all while he is trying to stop his ex-wife (Meryl Streep) from publishing a tell-all book of their marriage.

Main Cast Noteables

Woody Allen
Isaac Davis
Diane Keaton
Mary Wilkie
Michael Murphy
Mariel Hemingway
Meryl Streep
Anne Byrne
Karen Ludwig
Michael O'Donoghue
Victor Truro
Party Guest
Tisa Farrow
Party Guest
Helen Hanft
Party Guest
Bella Abzug
Guest of Honor
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Movie Remarks


Released in , Manhattan endures as Woody Allen's love letter to the Big Apple. Allen clearly goes all out, beginning the film with an uplifting narration of the city, photographing it spectacularly and painting the final results with a rich George Gershwin score.

This is Woody Allen fueled by his growing success in the 1970's, who still received carte blanche backing from the investors who had the success of Annie Hall fresh on their minds. Teaming up again with Diane Keaton, as well as Michael Murphy, who seems during this period of time is doing nothing but cheating on his wife (An Unmarried Woman), fans are treated to an ensemble set of focused unforgettable performances that appear to happen as effortlessly as walking.

Mariel Hemingway's portrayal of the 18 year-old Tracy is sweet, and her nominations for an Oscar and a Bafta for Best Supporting Actress were well deserved. She may not have been in a finer film, however I still enjoy watching her in the tragic life of Dorothy Stratton in Star 80.

Of course, Manhattan started the what was going to become a frequent theme in Woody Allen movies: infidelity, paving the way for Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors and Husbands and Wives. Unlike his later movies, this one's characters finish the plot on an optimistic note, as opposed to the darker outcomes in later films.

Manhattan Trivia

Many fans already remember the beautiful letter-box format which Manhattan was filmed in. But did you also know....

$39.9m (USA), SEK 4,029,440 (Sweeden)
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