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.




  • Woody Allen and Meryl Streep in Manhattan (1979)
  • Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan (1979)
  • Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan (1979)
  • Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan (1979)
  • Woody Allen in Manhattan (1979)
  • Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan (1979)

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2 February 2015 | frarandone
| A generation's portrait
I'm nineteen years old and I've watched this film through the eyes of a girl of the 2015. I can honestly say that I've been very impressed by the detached and ingenious sarcasm with which Allen depicts a generation, his generation.

In Manhattan I've seen first of all the portrait of a generation, the generation of those who lived their forties in Manhattan, the symbol of everything that could be achieved in the 80s. And the portrait depicted is not softened at all, since every single adult in this movie is a neurotic mess. There are adults afraid of cancer, adults that plan to write books they will never end, adults that put their life in the hands of LSD-addicted analysts, adults that talk about orgasms, adults devastated by dull, mediocre men imagined as "gods", adults that waver between homo, bi and heterosexuality, adults that pretend to be intellectuals and try to judge Mozart, Bergman and Scott Fitzgerald, adults whose relationships are stable just as the weather is, adults that act like they believe in the highest values but that in the end need a seventeen-year-old girl to find their balance. And those are the same adults that despise the generation brought up by the TV and the pill.

This show of absurdities is well hosted by Isaac Davis, Woody Allen himself, that unprejudiced as always, hides all these paradoxical situations behind a good amount of irony. If I had to make a comparison with a more recent movie, I would say that what Allen did with his generation has been done by Tony Servillo with the current fifty-year-old Roman VIPs, in his latest work La Grande Bellezza.

Irony, good acting and a good soundtrack always make a movie worth watching. And this movie can boast the best of everything.

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$485,734 29 April 1979

Gross USA:


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