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Format: DVD
Sku: 40155224
UPC: 027616862662
UPC 14: 00027616862662
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.
Editor's 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.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Collector's Edition, Trailers

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/7/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1989
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1002025
Video UPC UPC: 00027616862662
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Caroline Aaron
Video Cast Info Jerry Orbach
Video Cast Info Anjelica Huston
Video Cast Info Woody Allen
Video Cast Info Jenny Nichols
Video Cast Info Sam Waterston
Video Cast Info Mia Farrow
Video Cast Info Martin Landau
Video Cast Info Claire Bloom
Video Cast Info Joanna Gleason
Video Cast Info Alan Alda
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Kurland - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Sven Nykvist - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Woody Allen - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Susan E. Morse - Editor
Video Cast Info Robert Greenhut - Producer
Video Cast Info Santo Loquasto - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Woody Allen - Director
Plot 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

"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| |

Professional Reviews

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

New York Times
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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Allen,Woody
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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