Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
|Opthalmologist judah rosenthal has had an affair with dolores for several years, and now she threatens to ruin his life if he doesn't marry her. When his brother jack suggests to have dolores murdered, judah is faced with a big moral dilemma: destruction of his life or murder.|
Editor's NoteCRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is Woody Allen's most mature, most profound film. Martin Landau plays Judah Rosenthal, a successful ophthalmologist having an affair with Dolores (Anjelica Huston), who is threatening to reveal their relationship unless Judah commits to her and leaves his wife. He admits his sin to Ben (Sam Waterston), a friend, a patient, and a learned rabbi who is losing his eyesight but not his faith. Judah turns to his brother Jack, who is connected to the mob and can make Dolores disappear. Allen plays Cliff Stern, a documentary filmmaker who accepts an assignment to film his pompous, successful brother-in-law, Lester (Alan Alda), a comedy star; both Cliff and Lester fall for Hallie Reed (Mia Farrow), a producer involved in the documentary. Allen the director brings all the characters together in a fabulous mix of comedy and drama, deceit and delight. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is a marvel of complexity, with fascinating, well-written characters; deep, complicated relationships; and thought-provoking examinations of religion, infidelity, morality, murder, comedy, and tragedy.
Cast & Crew
|Jeffrey Kurland - Costume Designer|
|Sven Nykvist - Cinematographer|
|Woody Allen - Screenwriter|
|Susan E. Morse - Editor|
|Robert Greenhut - Producer|
|Santo Loquasto - Production Designer|
|Woody Allen - Director|
Plot SummaryIn this uneasy blend of tragedy and comedy, two crosscut plotlines--one a "crime" and the other a "misdemeanor"--investigate modern moral codes. In one, an adulterous ophthalmologist (Martin Landau) hires a hit man to kill his scheming mistress (Angelica Huston) when she threatens to destroy his perfect society marriage by exposing the affair. In the other, a screenwriter (Woody Allen) agrees to pen a tribute to his brother-in-law (Alan Alda), an obnoxious comic, while postponing a more worthy project, a documentary about a Judaic theologian. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is one of prolific director Woody Allen's most complex films.
|"I think I see a cab. If we run quickly, we can kick the crutch from that old lady and get it."----Cliff Stern (Woody Allen) to Jenny (Jenny Nichols)|
|"The thing to remember about comedy is if it bends, it's funny; if it breaks, it's not funny."----Lester (Alan Alda)|
|"Comedy is tragedy plus time."----Lester| ||