The Purple Rose of Cairo Movie Review 1985

Information and Film Reviews for The Purple Rose of Cairo the Movie

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A diner waitress, disillusioned by the Depression and a lackluster life, escapes into a film playing at the local movie house where a blond film hero, tiring of the monotony of his role, makes a break from the celluloid to join her in the real world. The ensuing love story allows director-writer Allen to show his knowledge of old movies and provide his fans with a change of pace. Farrow's film sister is also her real-life sister Stephanie, who went on to appear in Allen's "Zelig."


Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL:

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 82 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Comedy, Parallel Universe, Waiters & Waitresses, At the Movies, Screen Teams: Allen & Farrow, New Jersey
Woody Allen
Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Dianne Wiest, Van Johnson, Zoe Caldwell, John Wood, Michael Tucker, Edward Herrmann, Milo O'Shea, Glenne Headly, Karen Akers, Deborah Rush
Gordon Willis
Woody Allen
Dick Hyman
Orion Pictures, Jack Rollins, Charles H. Joffe


British Acad. 1985: Film, Orig. Screenplay; Cesar 1986: Foreign Film; Golden Globes 1986: Screenplay; N.Y. Film Critics 1985: Screenplay.

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