Manhattan (1979)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.


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7 October 2004 | kyto
Nice cinematography but annoying characters
I watched Manhattan recently because i had never seen Woody Allen's films and heard this was one of his best.

I can see why people love this film, it certainly is quite original and a convincing snapshot of a group of friends in New York, but I found Woody's character just too excruciating self-possessed and irritating to enjoy the film overall.

I guess you either love him or hate him, but he reminded me of George Costanza on Seinfeld - i just wanted to shake him and say 'get over yourself!'.

As for the humor, there were a lot of attempted wit there but nothing that made me laugh out loud. I won't be a hurry to see any of his other films.

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Trivia

According to Wikipedia, "The famous bridge shot was done at five in the morning. The production had to bring their own bench, because there were no park benches at the location. The bridge had two sets of necklace lights on a timer controlled by the city. When the sun came up, the bridge lights went off. [Cinematographer Gordon] Willis made arrangements with the city to leave the lights on and that he would let them know when they got the shot. Afterwards, they could be turned off. As they started to shoot the scene, one string of bridge lights went out, and [Woody] Allen was forced to use that take".


Quotes

Isaac Davis: Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. Eh uh, no, make that he, he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and ...


Goofs

Mary (Diane Keaton) is supposed to be an intellectual, but when she says the name Diane Arbus, she mispronounces it, saying "Diane" the same way you would say Diane Keaton. Diane Arbus' first name is pronounced "Dee-Ann".


Crazy Credits

One of the very few Woody Allen films to not have traditional opening credits, save the production company bumper (United Artists), and the film title MANHATTAN is seen as a long vertical flashing bright neon sign, located on the side of a New York City building, and is seen for under seven seconds just before Woody Allen narrates his first line.


Soundtracks

Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550: First Movement (Molto allegro)
(1788) (uncredited)
Written by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Excerpt played at a concert

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Genres

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$485,734 29 April 1979

Gross USA:

$39,946,780

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,194,067

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