An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman.

Director:

Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bernstein Bill Bernstein ... Testimonial Speaker
Martin Landau ... Judah Rosenthal
Claire Bloom ... Miriam Rosenthal
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Sharon Rosenthal (as Stephanie Roth)
Gregg Edelman ... Chris
George J. Manos George J. Manos ... Photographer (as George Manos)
Anjelica Huston ... Dolores Paley
Woody Allen ... Cliff Stern
Jenny Nichols Jenny Nichols ... Jenny
Joanna Gleason ... Wendy Stern
Alan Alda ... Lester
Sam Waterston ... Ben
Zina Jasper Zina Jasper ... Carol
Dolores Sutton ... Judah's Secretary
Joel Fogel Joel Fogel ... T.V. Producer (as Joel S. Fogel)
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Storyline

Judah Rosenthal is an ophthalmologist and a pillar of the community who has a big problem: his mistress Dolores Paley has told him that he is to leave his wife and marry her - as he had promised to do - or she will tell everyone of their affair. When he intercepts a letter Dolores has written to his wife Miriam, he is frantic. He confesses all to his shady brother Jack who assures him that he has friends who can take care of her. Meanwhile, filmmaker Cliff Stern is having his own problems. He's been working on a documentary film for some time but has yet to complete it. He and his wife Wendy have long ago stopped loving one another and are clearly on their way to divorce. He falls in love with Halley Reed who works with a producer, Lester. Cliff soon finds himself making a documentary about Lester and hates every minute of it. Written by garykmcd

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A film about humanity.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Woody Allen commented on a private screening of the film to a group of Hollywood celebrities who praised the picture: "I know I must be doing something wrong if my film is being viewed in some Hollywood character's screening room and a group of people there are saying, 'It's his best film,' when many of the things I attack are what they stand for". See more »

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(at 1:31:03) While they are celebrating at the wedding party the theme "Crazy Rhythm" is been played by the jazz orchestra, a muted trumpet can be heard but the trumpet player isn't using one. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Testimonial Speaker: We're all very proud of Judah Rosenthal's philanthropic efforts. His endless hours of fund raising for the hospital, the new medical center, and now, the ophthalmology wing, which until this year had just been a dream. But it's due to Rosenthal our friend that we most appreciate. The husband, the father, the golf companion. Naturally if you have a medical problem you can call Judah...
Miriam Rosenthal: You're blushing, darling.
Testimonial Speaker: ...day or night, weekends or holidays. But you can also call Judah to find...
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Connections

References The Kid (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Rosalie
(1937)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by the Jazz Band
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Brilliant
7 January 2019 | by perica-43151See all my reviews

This is one of the most brilliant Woody Allen movies. Deep, dark and cynical, it speaks truth about the world around us. It essentially involves two plots, one about crimes (murder that goes unpunished) and the other about misdemeanors (involving Woody's character as a decent person who is inevitably a loser in such a world, and Alan Alda in one of his best roles as a memorable pompous villain with unforgettably mocked line "if it bends it's funny, if it breaks, it is't not funny"). Absolutely recommended!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

3 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brothers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$911,385, 15 October 1989

Gross USA:

$18,254,702

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,254,702
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Dolby SR (Mono)

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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