New York, New York

New York, New York

Director: Martin Scorsese

Cast: Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Lionel Stander


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Martin Scorsese combined the splashy atmosphere of the old studio musical with an unromanticized marriage story in his valentine to Hollywood and the Big Band era. On V-J Day 1945, newly minted civilian saxophonist Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro) meets USO singer Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli) at a dance, but she rebuffs every advance that he makes. A day and a hotel…  See more details below


Martin Scorsese combined the splashy atmosphere of the old studio musical with an unromanticized marriage story in his valentine to Hollywood and the Big Band era. On V-J Day 1945, newly minted civilian saxophonist Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro) meets USO singer Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli) at a dance, but she rebuffs every advance that he makes. A day and a hotel lobby meeting later, Jimmy finally wins Francine over after she uses her pop instincts to save his too-jazzy audition at a nightclub. When she goes on tour with Frankie Harte (Georgie Auld) and his Orchestra, Jimmy tracks her down, taking a job with the orchestra to be with her. Together on stage, they make beautiful music; off stage they marry, but the struggle between two artists begins to take its toll. Unable to understand that Francine's needs and talents are just as important as his, and unwilling to compromise his music for security, Jimmy abandons Francine after their baby is born. Separately, the two succeed even more, as Francine becomes a music and movie star, while Jimmy has a top hit and opens a jazz club. When they are reunited several years later, the pair must decide if their relationship is worth another try.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Chas Turner
Martin Scorsese's 1977 revisionist musical, New York, New York, reviled upon release, looks more and more like one of the great, unheralded films of the '70s with the passage of time. The film begins just after the end of the Second World War (opening with a sprawling V-J Day sequence) and tells the story of the romance between saxophonist Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro) and singer Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli). Although the gritty Scorsese might not be an obvious orchestrator for a swinging, show-tune driven tale, he deftly crafts New York, New York into an homage to the great backstage musicals (all the numbers are "performances" -- think Footlight Parade rather than Oklahoma!). With ravishing visuals, courtesy of cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs (The King of Marvin Gardens), the film is a celebration of movies and the beautiful joys of cinematic artifice. But Scorsese doesn't adhere to all the musical rules: He makes his characters complex and genuine, as opposed to the smiling, saccharine inhabitants of many classics in the genre. Doyle is an arrogant lout, but as played by De Niro he's so dynamic you can't take your eyes off him. The specter of Judy Garland hovers over Minnelli's Francine Evans, giving a haunting touch to her performance. The memorable score -- "Start spreadin' the news…" -- is by Kander and Ebb.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Shot on studio sets designed by Boris Leven with non-naturalistic lighting by cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, New York, New York's expressionist look recalls both classical musicals and film noir, casting a shadow over even the most exuberant musical interludes. The myths of Hollywood romance are laid bare as Scorsese celebrates the style of such musical directors as Minnelli's father, Vincente Minnelli, and the vocal power of such stars as Minnelli's mother, Judy Garland. Originally released without its elaborate "Happy Endings" number, the 153-minute film was greeted with ambivalence on all sides; the release of Star Wars shortly after showed that audiences preferred their nostalgia trips to be positive rather than darkly complex. Considered a failure in 1977 (the famed Kander-Ebb title song was never even nominated for an Oscar), New York, New York was re-released in 1981, with "Happy Endings" restored, to great acclaim. Surrounding a troubled relationship with high style and great music numbers, New York, New York fondly yet ironically evokes a past whose innocence is no longer tenable.

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Disc One:; Martin Scorsese's introduction to New York, New York; Audio commentary by director Martin Scorsese and film critic Carrie Rickey; Alternate takes/deleted scenes; Photo gallery; ; Disc Two:; The New York, New York Stories Part One; The New York, New York Stories Part Two; Liza on New York, New York; Commentary on selected scenes by Laszlo Kovacs, asc

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liza Minnelli Francine Evans
Robert De Niro Jimmy Doyle
Lionel Stander Tony Harwell
Barry Primus Wilson
Mary Kay Place Bernice
Georgie Auld Frankie Hatie
George Memmoli Nicky
Selma Archerd Wife of Justice of the Peace
Bill Baldwin Announcer in Moonlit Terrace
Nicky Blair Cab Driver
Timothy Blake Nurse
Robert Buckingham Actor
Gene Castle Dancing Sailor
Betty Cole Charwoman
DeForest Covan Porter
Jon Cutler Musician in Frankie Harte's Band
Shera Danese Doyle's Girl in Major Chord
Peter Fain Greeter in Up Club
Joey Forman Argumentative Man
Leonard Gaines Artie Kirks
Sydney Guilaroff Hairdresser
Louis Guss Fowler
Casey Kasem D.J.
Bernie Kuby Justice of the Peace
Mary Lindsay Hat Check Girl in Meadows
Dimitri Logothetis Desk Clerk
Mardik Martin Well-wisher in Moonlit Terrace
Dave Nichols Arnold Trench
Harry Northrup Alabama
Norman Palmer Desk Clerk
Steven Prince Record Producer
Richard Raymond Railroad Conductor
Hank Robinson Francine's Bodyguard
Jay Salerno Bus Driver
Peter Savage Horace Morris' Assistant
Frank Sivero Eddie di Muzio
Eddie Smith Man in Bathroom in Harlem Club
Roosevelt Smith Bouncer in Major Chord
Leslie Summers Woman in Black in Moonlit Terrace
Charles Tamburro Actor
William Tole Tommy Dorsey
Adam David Winkler Jimmy Doyle, Jr.
Margo Winkler Argumentative Woman
Marty Zagon South Bend Ballroom Manager
Diahnne Abbott Harlem club singer
Don Calfa Gilbert
Clarence Clemons Cecil Powell
Kathi McGinnis Ellen Flannery
Dick Miller Palm Club Owner
Murray Moston Horace Morris
Allison Caine Voice Only
Ralph Burns Conductor

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Richard Albain Special Effects
Ralph Burns Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Chartoff Producer
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Fred Ebb Score Composer,Songwriter
Ron Field Choreography
Sydney Guilaroff Makeup
Lawrence O. Jost Sound/Sound Designer
John Kander Score Composer,Songwriter
Mary Keats Makeup
Harry R. Kemm Art Director
Gene Kirkwood Producer
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Boris Leven Production Designer
Robert R. Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Bert Lovitt Editor
Marcia Lucas Editor
Mardik Martin Screenwriter
June Miggins Makeup
David Ramirez Editor
Earl Mac Rauch Original Story,Screenwriter
Tom Rolf Editor
Christina Smith Makeup
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Westmore Makeup
Irwin Winkler Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- New York, New York [30th Anniversary 2-Disc Edition]
1. Main Title/V-J Day Hustle [7:43]
2. The Smallest Small Talk [13:57]
3. Powell-Doyle-Powell [4:14]
4. Taxi to Brooklyn [3:32]
5. Boy-Girl Act/A New Kind of Love [4:45]
6. "It's a Lot Easier" [3:59]
7. The Agent's Love Letter [4:08]
8. Where's Francine?/Lucky Star [8:13]
9. The Road Between Dates [2:45]
10. "They're Not Sure" [5:17]
11. The Best Frontman [4:35]
12. The Man I Love [3:35]
13. The Leader and His Wife [5:32]
14. Just You, Just Me [1:12]
15. Baby Pains [3:15]
16. Road to Nowhere [4:51]
17. Feelings & Understanding [3:40]
18. With the Cool Cats [3:20]
19. Screaming in Cars [4:20]
20. Top of the What? [:37]
21. The Drink Order [1:40]
22. "Even Your Wife" [5:39]
23. A Record Contract [8:08]
24. Honeysuckle Rose [4:09]
25. Scared, Angry & Jealous [3:19]
26. It's a Jimmy [6:08]
27. But the World Goes 'Round [4:43]
28. Happy Endings [4:30]
29. Success for Jimmy [12:55]
30. New York, New York [4:21]
31. Awkward Reunion [4:02]
32. End Credits [6:41]

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