Manhattan Movie Review 1979

Information and Film Reviews for Manhattan the Movie

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Successful TV writer Isaac Davis (Allen) yearns to be a serious writer. He struggles through a series of ill-fated romances, including one with high school senior Tracy (Hemingway) and another with Mary (Keaton), who's also having an on-again, off-again affair with Yale (Murphy), Isaac's best friend. Streep does very well with her role of Jill, Isaac's ex-wife who's come out as a lesbian and written a withering (and successful) account of their marriage. Scathingly serious and comic view of modern relationships in urban America and of the modern intellectual neuroses. Shot in black-and-white to capture the mood of Manhattan and mated with an excellent Gershwin soundtrack.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 96 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Comedy, War Between the Sexes, New York, New York, Screen Teams: Allen & Keaton, 4 Bones
Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy, Wallace Shawn, Anne Byrne, Tisa Farrow, Mark Linn-Baker, David Rasche, Karen Allen
Gordon Willis
Woody Allen
George Gershwin
Jack Rollins, Charles H. Joffe


British Acad. 1979: Film, Screenplay; Cesar 1980: Foreign Film; L.A. Film Critics 1979: Support. Actress (Streep), Natl. Film Reg. 2001;; N.Y. Film Critics 1979: Director (Allen), Support. Actress (Streep); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1979: Director (Allen), Support. Actress (Streep).

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