Manhattan

Manhattan

Woody Allen (1979)

92min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

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.

Cast & Crew

Isaac Davis Woody Allen
Mary Wilke Diane Keaton
Yale Michael Murphy (1)
Tracy Mariel Hemingway
Jill Meryl Streep
Emily Anne Byrne
Connie Karen Ludwig
Dennis Michael O'Donoghue
Party guest Victor Truro
Party guest Tisa Farrow
Party guest Helen Hanft
Guest of honour Bela Abzug
Television director Gary Weiss
Jeremiah Wallace Shawn
Director Woody Allen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Dec 2006
Comedy