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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

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A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead.

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Woody Allen
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Larry Lipton
Diane Keaton ... Carol Lipton
Jerry Adler ... Paul House
Lynn Cohen ... Lillian House
Ron Rifkin ... Sy
Joy Behar ... Marilyn
William Addy William Addy ... Jack, the Super
John Doumanian John Doumanian ... Neighbor
Sylvia Kauders ... Neighbor
Ira Wheeler Ira Wheeler ... EMS Doctor
Alan Alda ... Ted
Anjelica Huston ... Marcia Fox
Melanie Norris Melanie Norris ... Helen Moss
Marge Redmond ... Mrs. Dalton
Zach Braff ... Nick Lipton
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Storyline

Larry and Carol are fairly normal New Yorkers who have sent their son off to college. They meet an elderly couple down the hall and later in the week find that the wife has suddenly died. Carol becomes suspicious of Paul who seems to be too cheerful and too ready to move on. She begins her investigation. Larry insists she is becoming too fixated on their neighbor as all of the irregularities seem to have simple non-homicidal explanations. Ted, a recently divorced friend helps her investigation and Larry begins to become jealous of their relationship and agrees to help her. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, and for elements of violence in a comic murder mystery | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un misterioso asesinato en Manhattan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,015,360, 22 August 1993

Gross USA:

$11,330,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,330,911
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Mono)| SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the book "Woody Allen on Woody Allen" (rev ed. 2004), Woody Allen said of rewriting Mia Farrow's part for Diane Keaton: "No, I couldn't do that. In a regular script I would have done that upon hiring Diane Keaton. But I couldn't because it's a murder mystery, and it's very tightly plotted, so it's very hard to make big changes . . . I had written [the character for] more to what Mia likes to do. Mia likes to do funny things, but she's not as broad a comedian as Diane is. So Diane made this part funnier than I wrote it". See more »

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At their neighbors' house, Carol prepares coffee in the kitchen. She makes filter coffee and puts a can of water under the filter. You have to pour water in the machine to warm it up and then go through the filter. The can will be filled with coffee in the end. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Larry Lipton: C'mon, you promised to sit through the hockey game without being bored,
Carol Lipton: [overlapping] I know, honey, I promised.
Larry Lipton: and I'll sit through the Wagner opera with you next week.
Carol Lipton: I know.
Larry Lipton: I already bought the earplugs.
Carol Lipton: Yeah, well, with your eyesight I'm surprised you can see the puck. Wow, yay, come on.
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Soundtracks

The Best Things in Life Are Free
(1927)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva)
Performed by Erroll Garner
Courtesy of Octave Records, Inc.
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Light comedy from Woody Allen
19 October 2004 | by rbverhoefSee all my reviews

This is a nice and light Woody Allen comedy about a death in a building that could be a murder. At least Diane Keaton's character thinks so, without really having a reason for that. She plays Carol Lipton, married to Larry Lipton (Woody Allen). They have just met their neighbors Paul (Jerry Adler) and Lillian House (Lynn Cohen) when Lillian dies. Because Paul is not that sad and is too ready to move on Carol becomes suspicious. When she is realizing certain strange events that has occurred her suspicion grows. Larry thinks it is pretty stupid but when a friend named Ted (Alan Alda) does believe her and helps her with the investigation he gets jealous and offers to help after all.

Whether a real murder has committed is not the point, I guess. Allen gives us standard movie situations, ridicules them a little, and betters them then. There is a scene where Allen and Keaton go from an elevator into a basement when the lights fall out. It is completely dark, something we have seen more in thrillers, and for some reason Allen is able to make this cliché thriller scene suspenseful. There are more of these moments. Since this is an Allen film there are a lot of links to other famous movies (the script itself is a little like Hitchcock's 'Rear Window') and famous scenes, the ending in particular does a terrific job in reliving one of the most memorable scenes out there. (It has to with mirrors, I guess you know what movie I am talking about). This light Allen comedy is a terrific mystery story with brilliant touches that will be liked not only by Allen-fans, but by everyone who loves either comedy or mystery suspense.


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