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Allen portrays Isaac Davis, a successful comedy writer whose wife, having left him for another woman, is now embarking on a book about their failed marriage. Isaac happily consoles himself in the arms of an adoring 17 year-old schoolgirl until he meets someone closer to his own age, who happens to be his best friend's mistress.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : MGM Home Entertainment Inc., c2000
ISBN: 9780792846109
Branch Call Number: DVD MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Apr 12, 2017

There have been a few Woody Allen movies on the tube recently, and not being that interesting themselves, I researched what people think is a great work of his, and chose to watch this one.
After having viewed Manhattan, I do have to say OMG if Woody has the reputation of an "intellectual", I feel sorry for America! Jokes are terrible like " I've never had a relationship last longer than Hitler and Eva Braun's.." ba dum da ts. On par with " Take my wife, please."... If Woody is an "intellectual", his doctorate was obtained through nightly visits to the local adult book store! Movie contains continual references to all sexual subjects, ideas, people were aware of in 1979. .(example: Diane Keaton has her dog, Woody turns this into an implication of bestiality.....) and Woody cannot stop either directly stating or implying how great he is in bed. I counted at least 6 times he did that in this movie ....Slow clap.
Now the movie does have good cinematography, and fine music, and is better than perhaps a modern braindead film, but nevertheless I see no point in watching this film. It's boring and non funny, and yeah, I understand where he's going with a joke, but his jokes continually come across as sophomoric drivel. Avoid.

Mar 13, 2017

I actually couldn't even finish watching it... Poorly paced; not particularly funny; just not really worth watching.

Jan 03, 2017

This is a great film. Best scene is when he recalls why life is worth living: Groucho Marx, and Willie Mays, and the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony, and Louie Armstrong’s recording of “Potato Head Blues,” Swedish movies, naturally, “Sentimental Education” by Flaubert, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, those incredible apples and pears by Cézanne, the crabs at Sam Wo’s, Tracy’s face …

Dec 13, 2016

Woody Allen's masterpiece!

btmslt Apr 22, 2013

One of Woody's better films.

Megmac12 Jun 04, 2012

Really one of the better shot films Ive seen. Love the last line

aaa5756 Jul 03, 2011


Oct 14, 2010

Lovely scenery, decent soundtrack but not much else going for it. Slightly disturbing to see a 42 year old Woody Allen sleeping with a 17 year old girl.

Jun 17, 2009

Beautiful music. Beautiful scenery. Beautiful story.

What more can you ask for?

Oct 29, 2008

Good - Manhattan (1979) *** 96 min. starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and Mariel Hemingway - Oscar nominated film in 1980 (Hemingway received a supporting actress nomination and Woody Allen received an Original Screenplay nomination). Interesting tidbit about the movie is that it is one of Allen’s most successful films in terms of box office gross and yet, he wasn’t too thrilled over the outcome of the film. Personally, the film is an ode to everything Manhattan. There are great shots of the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, etc. all in glorious black & white shot with a 2:35 widescreen lens. The comedy is not the greatest but the situations and characters still make this film a brilliant piece of work. The scene between Keaton and Allen and the uncomfortable scenes with Allen and Hemingway (being so young) are fascinating character studies. The story is about Allen reeling from a recent divorce, his affair with a high school student, his obsession with ensuring that his ex-wife doesn’t print anything negative about him in her book and his interest in Keaton. Try to guess how this one ends? Note that Meryl Streep continues her Kramer vs. Kramer persona in this film. Overall, a good picture and a must for all Woody Allen fans (despite what Woody says)


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