New York, New York

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Introduction by Martin Scorsese; Audio commentary by director Martin Scorsese and film critic Carrie Rickey; Alternate takes; Deleted scenes; Photo gallery; Theatrical trailer & teaser
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • UPC: 027616915115
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,325

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
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
Lenny 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
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
Richard 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

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

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
      Play Movie With Introduction by Martin Scorsese: On
      Play Movie With Introduction by Martin Scorsese: Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary (Director Martin Scorsese and Film Critic Carrie Rickey): On
      Audio Commentary (Director Martin Scorsese and Film Critic Carrie Rickey): Off
      Introduction by Martin Scorsese
      Alternate Takes/Deleted Scenes
      Photo Gallery
         Filmmakers, Cast & Crew
         On Set
         French Lobby Cards
         Research Photos
         Original Posters
         Storyboards
      Theatrical Trailer
      Teaser Trailer
      Other Great MGM Releases
         MGM Means Great Movies
         More Great MGM Releases
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: English Mono
      Spoken Languages: Español Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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