Crimes and Misdemeanors

Directed By: Woody Allen Starring: Anjelica Huston Martin Landau

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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.


Studio MGM
SKU 40155224
UPC 027616862662
UPC 14 00027616862662
Format DVD
Release Date 9/21/2004
Rating Rating
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note CRIMES 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.
Plot Summary
Summary In 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "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)
Quote "The thing to remember about comedy is if it bends, it's funny; if it breaks, it's not funny."--Lester (Alan Alda)
Quote "Comedy is tragedy plus time."--Lester| |
Rolling Stone "...In this risky, riveting film, our most prolific and provocative moviemaker uses his wit to touch a nerve. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is so funny it hurts..." 11/02/1989 p.35
New York Times "...Allen's most securely serious and funny film to date....The writer and director continues to be his own most vital on-screen force..." 10/13/1989 p.C19,Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1989" List 12/24/1989 p.II,11
Los Angeles Times "...Brainy, poignant....Landau, Huston and Jerry Orbach give the story a dark, pathetic edge..." 10/13/1989 p.C12
USA Today "...Woody Allen's masterful oddball -- half-morbid, half-uproarious..." 05/16/1997 p.3D
Uncut "[T]his is an ambitious blend of comedy, drama and ruminations on humanity that Allen juggles with the skill of a director on top form." 08/01/2001 p.141
Woody Allen
Anjelica Huston
Martin Landau
Cast & Crew
Caroline Aaron - Star
Jerry Orbach - Star
Anjelica Huston - Star
Woody Allen - Star
Jenny Nichols - Star
Sam Waterston - Star
Mia Farrow - Star
Martin Landau - Star
Claire Bloom - Star
Joanna Gleason - Star
Alan Alda - Star
Jeffrey Kurland - Costume Designer
Sven Nykvist - Cinematographer
Woody Allen - Screenwriter
Susan E. Morse - Editor
Robert Greenhut - Producer
Santo Loquasto - Production Designer
Woody Allen - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 1002025
UPC 00027616862662
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
DVD, Widescreen, Collector's Edition, Trailers
Product Attributes
Actor Allen,Woody
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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