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Manhattan

  • Comedy
  • 1979
  • Woody Allen
  • 92 mins
  • 15
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over

Summary

A neurotic New York television comedy writer feels uneasy about his relationship with a 17-year-old girl and escapes into the arms of his best friend's mistress, all the while coping with the unsettling presence of his ex-wife. Romantic comedy, written, directed by and starring Woody Allen. With Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep and Mariel Hemingway.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Setting the tone and style for many of his later movies, this early masterpiece from Woody Allen celebrates, as ever, his beloved New York. Allen stars as Isaac, a neurotic TV writer who's taken up with 17-year-old Mariel Hemingway, but who's being diverted by fast-talking Diane Keaton and - more dangerously - by the book about him written by his lesbian ex-wife, Meryl Streep. Allen and his fellow New Yorkers swan in and out of the cultural byways of the Big Apple, indulging in psychiatric therapy that's never quite the cure-all they crave. The characters could have become over-articulate bores, but the wonder of Allen is that he manages to invest them with the saving grace of humanity. This is a wonderful film, with a George Gershwin score that adds just the right amount of poignancy.

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Details

Released on
2006-12-08
Language
English
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white

Credits

Cast

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Isaac DavisWoody Allen
Mary WilkeDiane Keaton
YaleMichael Murphy (1)
TracyMariel Hemingway
JillMeryl Streep
EmilyAnne Byrne
ConnieKaren Ludwig
DennisMichael O'Donoghue
Party guestVictor Truro
Party guestTisa Farrow
Party guestHelen Hanft
Guest of honourBela Abzug
Television directorGary Weiss
JeremiahWallace Shawn

Crew

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DirectorWoody Allen
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