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Manhattan Murder Mystery
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Manhattan Murder Mystery

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Director: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston

 

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Woody Allen fans know that he releases new films on the average of one a year. Manhattan Murder Mystery is his 1993 entry, and just as this film came and left theatres with very little fanfare, so too did the DVD release. Filled with very few extras, the most exciting thing about this disc is the fact that it's two-sided and offers either the 1:85 widescreen or

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Woody Allen fans know that he releases new films on the average of one a year. Manhattan Murder Mystery is his 1993 entry, and just as this film came and left theatres with very little fanfare, so too did the DVD release. Filled with very few extras, the most exciting thing about this disc is the fact that it's two-sided and offers either the 1:85 widescreen or full-screen versions on different sides. As is customary with Woody Allen releases, there is no commentary track and no interviews from the man himself. There could have been thoughts from some of the film's cast, which includes Alan Alda and Diane Keaton, but no such luck. Even the interactive menus look cheaply produced. A theatrical trailer to the film is included, as well as a trailer to his 1992 entry Husbands and Wives. For the true Allen collector, a better purchase is The Woody Allen Collection eight-pack DVD of his earlier work. Language and subtitle options are in English and French.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Manhattan Murder Mystery is not a standout in Woody Allen's prolific oeuvre, but it blends well with his perennial goals, exploring the neurotic foibles of aging New Yorkers amidst a plot that's slightly chaotic and ludicrous. Diane Keaton gives the most winning performance as a bored upper middle-class woman who is both shocked and invigorated by her own obsessive curiosity. As she haphazardly embarks on risky detective missions inside her neighbor's home, Allen is left pleading and tagging behind, nearly fainting from nervousness. It's a hilarious setup that gets deliciously exacerbated by the encouragement of Alan Alda and Angelica Huston, both of whom are perfectly suited to Allen's talky dialogue. Never one to fully buy a traditional mystery, Allen incorporates this wariness into the jokes, writing for himself so many wisecracks about what's supposed to happen next that it's all the funnier when they actually do. Even though his dialogue is stylized according to his own distinct patterns, it remains natural enough that Allen pulls off the idea that these are real people embroiled in surreal events. His handheld camera creates a realistic, documentary-style feel, further supporting the effort. It all makes for a darn fun movie, continuing to prove the superiority of even Allen's lesser-known films.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/1998
UPC:
0043396713994
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
2,667

Special Features

Interactive menus; Languages: English, French; Subtitles: English, French; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections; Widescreen and full-screen formats

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Larry Lipton
Diane Keaton Carol Lipton
Alan Alda Ted
Anjelica Huston Marcia Fox
Jerry Adler Paul House
Joy Behar Marilyn
Ron Rifkin Sy
Lynn Cohen Lillian House
Juliet Taylor Actor
John Doumanian Neighbor
Sylvia Kauders Neighbor
Ira Wheeler EMS Doctor
Marge Redmond Mrs.Dalton
George Mason "21 Club" Staff
Linda Taylor 21 Club Staff
Aida Turturro Hotel Day Clerk
John Costello Policeman
Frank Pellegrino Policeman
Philip Levy Policeman
Wendell Pierce Policeman
Steve Randazzo Policeman
Yanni Sfinias Hotel Night Clerk
Gloria Irizarry Hotel Maid
Al Cerullo Helicopter Pilot
Zach Braff Nick Lipton

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Marshall Brickman Screenwriter
Fern Buchner Makeup
Daniel Davis Production Designer
Robert Greenhut Producer
Joseph Hartwick Co-producer,Production Designer
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Dick Mingalone Camera Operator
Susan E. Morse Editor
Carlo Di Palma Cinematographer
Richard Patrick Asst. Director
Thomas A. Reilly Associate Producer
Helen Robin Co-producer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:24]
2. Meeting the Houses [5:31]
3. Swap meet [1:13]
4. Heart attack [1:48]
5. At Elaine's [2:00]
6. Suspicious [3:39]
7. The first clue [10:48]
8. Hide & Seek [3:49]
9. Larry & Marica [5:58]
10. Stakeout [3:59]
11. At the theaatre [5:13]
12. Liptons meet Marcia [1:31]
13. Wine-tasting [1:57]
14. Spotting Mrs. House [5:23]
15. Tracking Lilian House [2:37]
16. Poker lessons [4:45]
17. Room 611 [5:12]
18. "Larry...the lights!" [:52]
19. Back to 611 [2:11]
20. In the elevator [4:32]
21. "Sing, Sing, Sing" [5:39]
22. How to catch him [6:55]
23. The audition [1:56]
24. Cut & splice [6:58]
25. Phoning Mr. House [1:25]
26. Calling his bluff [1:08]
27. The Lady From Shanghai [2:58]
28. Marcia explains all [4:52]
Side #2 -- FULL SCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:24]
2. Meeting the Houses [5:31]
3. Swap meet [1:13]
4. Heart attack [1:48]
5. At Elaine's [2:00]
6. Suspicious [3:39]
7. The first clue [10:48]
8. Hide & Seek [3:49]
9. Larry & Marica [5:58]
10. Stakeout [3:59]
11. At the theaatre [5:13]
12. Liptons meet Marcia [1:31]
13. Wine-tasting [1:57]
14. Spotting Mrs. House [5:23]
15. Tracking Lilian House [2:37]
16. Poker lessons [4:45]
17. Room 611 [5:12]
18. "Larry...the lights!" [:52]
19. Back to 611 [2:11]
20. In the elevator [4:32]
21. "Sing, Sing, Sing" [5:39]
22. How to catch him [6:55]
23. The audition [1:56]
24. Cut & splice [6:58]
25. Phoning Mr. House [1:25]
26. Calling his bluff [1:08]
27. The Lady From Shanghai [2:58]
28. Marcia explains all [4:52]

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Manhattan Murder Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Manhattan Murder Mystery for the first time about three years ago and has since then become not only one of my favorite Woody Allen films, but one of my favorite films of all time. It's fun, often hilarious, and at times even suspenseful. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie! For me, it's all the things I love in a Woody Allen film - hysterical, fast-moving dialogue and classic physical comedy; great sub-plots; a diverse cast of characters; memorable one-liners; and a satisfying conclusion and final scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember seeing this movie on TV, and I loved it. This was the first Allen movie I ever saw, and now that I've seen many other Allen movies, this one is still my favourite! The Plot you know(I written in the other reviews) Woody Allen is fantastic and so is Alan Alada, not to forget the guy who plays the widow husband, I can't remember his name but he's great! Some people complain about the Director Of Photography guy, but I think he's swell aswell :-)Great Movie, Great Directing, If you haven't seen it, do it NOW!!!
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