- IMDb page: Manhattan (1979)
- Rate: 8.0/10 total 54,157 votes
- Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
- Release Date: 25 April 1979 (USA)
- Runtime: 96 min
- Filming Location: 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
- Gross: $39,946,780(USA)(31 December 1979)
- Director: Woody Allen
- Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and Mariel Hemingway
- Soundtrack: He Loves, and She Loves
- Sound Mix: Mono
- Plot Keyword: Love | Writing | Writer | Harmonica | Museum
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- Marshall Brickman (written by)
- This was Woody Allen’s first film shot using the widescreen (2.35:1) anamorphic Panavision process.
- Woody Allen disliked his work in this film so much he offered to direct another film for United Artists for free if they kept “Manhattan” on the shelf for good.
- Stacey Nelkin, whom Woody Allen dated while she was at New York’s Stuyvesant High School, was reportedly the inspiration for the character of Tracey.
- Presentations of this film on television (broadcast, cable or home video) required preservation of the widescreen format. This presented a problem in the U.S. since certain F.C.C. technical regulations did not permit a portion of the screen to be left blank as in letterboxing. The problem was solved by making the area above and below the frame gray. The regulations have since been changed and letterboxing with black borders is now permitted.
- This is one of the very few Woody Allen films to not have opening credits.
- Director’s Trademark (Woody Allen): writer Jill is a novelist.
- While this is Woody Allen’s least favorite of the movies he has directed, this was the most commercially successful film of his career. He said years later that he was still in disbelief that he “got away with it”.
- Toward the end of the film, when Isaac is haranguing Yale, he mentions Yale someday being before a Senate subcommittee “naming names”. In The Front, Woody Allen’s character winds up before a Congressional committee to “name names”, including the character played by Michael Murphy.
- When released on video, it was the first cassette to be encoded with the letterbox format.
- While talking to Mary in the museum, Issac (Woody Allen) says that the brain is the most overrated body part. While in Allen’s film Sleeper, his character Miles Monroe says that it’s his second favorite body part.
Goofs: Miscellaneous: In the first scene at Elaine's, as Isaac is beginning to say something, someone (presumably a customer of the restaurant, as it was running while they were shooting) walks in front of the camera. Isaac laughs, and quickly recovers with an impromptu remark about how his girlfriend has to go and do homework.
Plot: A divorced New Yorker currently dating a high-schooler brings himself to look for love in the mistress of his best friend instead. Full summary » »
Story: Isaac, 42, has divorced Jill. She is now living with another woman, Connie, and is writing a book in which she will reveal some very private points of their relationship. Isaac has a love affair with Tracy, 17, when he meets Mary, the mistress of his best friend Yale. Yale is already married to Emily.Written by Yepok
Synopsis: The film opens with a montage of images of Manhattan accompanied by George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. TV writer Isaac Davis (Woody Allen), is introduced as a man writing a book about his love for New York City. He is a twice-divorced 42-year-old dealing with the women in his life, who gives up his unfulfilling job as a comedy writer.
He is dating Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), a 17-year old high school girl. His best friend Yale (Michael Murphy), married to Emily (Anne Byrne Hoffman) is having an affair with Mary Wilkie (Diane Keaton); her ex-husband and former teacher Jeremiah (Wallace Shawn) also appears. Isaac’s lesbian ex-wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), is writing a confessional book about their marriage.
When Isaac meets Mary, he immediately takes a dislike to her. Isaac runs into her again at an Equal Rights Amendment fund raising event at the Museum of Modern Art and he walks her home. Mary asks to go out with him for a Sunday afternoon when Yale is unavailable. They stay out all night until dawn culminating in the iconic shot of Queensboro Bridge.
Isaac continues his relationship with Tracy. He also encourages her to pursue an educational opportunity in London. In another iconic scene, at Tracy’s request, they go on a carriage ride through Central Park.
Yale breaks up with Mary feeling he can’t ruin his marriage over her. At the Squash court, Yale suggests Isaac ask her out. Isaac does, always having felt Tracy is too young for him. Isaac breaks up with Tracy much to her dismay. After several meetings between the two couples, including one where Emily reads out portions of Jill’s book on her marriage with Isaac, Yale and Mary resume their relationship with Yale spliting with Emily
A betrayed Isaac confronts Yale at his job, but he says he found Mary first. Isaac responds by telling Emily of Yale’s extra-marital affairs, but she thinks Isaac introduced Mary to Yale. In the denouement, Isaac writes a part of his book about "why is life worth living," climaxing with "Tracy’s face."
Unable to catch a taxi, he runs for 2 hours to tell Tracy he loves her. He catches her just as she is leaving for England. He says that she doesn’t have to go and that he doesn’t want that special thing about her to change. She replies that the plans have already been made and reassures him that not everyone gets corrupted. He gives her a slight smile segueing into shots of the skyline with Rhapsody in Blue playing again.
- Robert Greenhut known as executive producer
- Charles H. Joffe known as producer
- Jack Rollins known as producer
- Woody Allen known as Isaac
- Diane Keaton known as Mary
- Michael Murphy known as Yale
- Mariel Hemingway known as Tracy
- Meryl Streep known as Jill
- Anne Byrne Hoffman known as Emily (as Anne Byrne)
- Karen Ludwig known as Connie
- Michael O'Donoghue known as Dennis
- Victor Truro known as Party Guest
- Tisa Farrow known as Party Guest
- Helen Hanft known as Party Guest
- Bella Abzug known as Guest of Honor
- Gary Weis known as Television Director
- Kenny Vance known as Television Producer
- Charles Levin known as Television Actor #1
- Karen Allen known as Television Actor #2
- David Rasche known as Television Actor #3
- Damion Scheller known as Isaac's Son
- Wallace Shawn known as Jeremiah
- Mark Linn-Baker known as Shakespearean Actor (as Mary Linn Baker)
- Frances Conroy known as Shakespearean Actress
- Bill Anthony known as Porsche Owner #1
- John Doumanian known as Porsche Owner #2
- Raymond Serra known as Pizzeria Waiter (as Ray Serra)
- Llewellyn Lafford known as Broadway Pedestrian (uncredited)
- Fern Buchner known as makeup artist
- Romaine Greene known as hair stylist
- Craig Lyman known as additional makeup artist (uncredited)
- Joseph Badalucco Jr. known as carpenter (as Joseph Badaluco)
- Leslie Bloom known as property master
- Justin Scoppa Jr. known as set dresser
- Cosmo Sorice known as scenic artist
- James Sorice known as scenic artist
- Morris Weinman known as set dresser
- Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions (as A Jack Rollins-Charles H. Joffe Production)
- Ralph Lauren Mr. Allen's wardrobe by
- Aaron Beckwith Casting extras casting
- Bernstein and Freedman P.C. production accountants (as Bernstein and Freedman)
- Dawn Animal Agency animal trainer: "Waffles" trained by
- City of New York, The the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
- Museum of Modern Art, The (MoMA) the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of (as Museum of Modern Art)
- The American Museum of Natural History the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: Hayden Planetarium
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
- New York Shakespeare Festival the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
- Hunter College the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
- New York University (NYU) the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
- Warner Bros. Music the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
- New World Music the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
- Chappell Music the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of
- United Artists (1979) (USA) (theatrical)
- MGM/UA Home Entertainment (2000) (USA) (DVD)
- 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2007) (USA) (DVD)
- Chapel Distribution (1997) (Australia) (theatrical)
- New Star (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
- Park Circus (2006) (UK) (theatrical) (re-issue)
- United Artists (1979) (France) (theatrical)
- United International Pictures (UIP) (1980) (Sweden) (theatrical)
- 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (Brazil) (DVD)
- Argentina Video Home (Argentina) (video)
- MGM Home Entertainment (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
- MGM Home Entertainment (2007) (USA) (DVD)
- MGM/UA Home Entertainment (1991) (USA) (VHS)
- MGM/UA Home Entertainment (1991) (USA) (laserdisc)
- Nordisk Film (2000) (Sweden) (DVD)
- USA 25 April 1979
- West Germany 30 August 1979
- Spain 10 September 1979
- Italy 5 October 1979
- Finland 2 November 1979
- France 5 December 1979
- Denmark 14 December 1979
- Hong Kong 20 December 1979
- Norway 26 December 1979
- Portugal 17 January 1980
- Japan 16 February 1980
- Australia 21 February 1980
- Mexico 1 March 1980
- Sweden 12 March 1980
- Uruguay 20 March 1980
- Argentina 22 May 1980
- Hungary 19 November 1981
- Denmark 27 July 2001 (re-release)
- France 22 September 2004 (re-release)
- UK 8 December 2006 (re-release)
- Greece 28 August 2008 (re-release)
- France 11 March 2009 (re-release)
- Italy 22 October 2009 (Rome Film Festival)
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