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Manhattan (1979) Movie Information

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Comedy, Romance





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Woody Allen


Woody Allen
Diane Keaton
Mariel Hemingway
Meryl Streep
Michael Murphy
Anne Byrne





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A divorced man looks for a romantic relationship away from his teenage lover- who happens to be the mistress of his best friend.

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mitchellyoung 07/26/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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There are so many beautiful elements at play here. There is the impressive story of romance and youth, told with sharp and understanding dialogue and humanistic acting. There is the gorgeous black and white photography and the nostalgic throwbacks to old-style cinema editing. And there is Allen's own love affair with New York City, documented as a backdrop for a story that is charming, funny, and altogether life-affirming. Besides Annie Hall, the director's best work.

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Patrik 07/06/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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When my dad recorded Manhattan on TV I didn't understand why. A black and white movie from the 70's didn't really impressed on me.. before I've had seen it. But one night I saw the movie because I didn't have something else to look at and it was over my expectations. A well written story with nice music fitted me perfect on that night. That the movie was in B/W just made it better. This movie is not that kind of movie you can see over and over again.

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Allison 11/30/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Never my favorite Woody Allen movie. I hate all the female characters which Woody usually does so well but fails in this film.

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04/28/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Ich hatte ganz vergessen, wie wundervoll Woody Allens Manhattan ist und die Balance zwischen Komödie und Romanze mit traumwandlerischer Sicherheit hält! Einige Jahre lang hatte ich Manhattan nicht mehr gesehen und konnte mich nur noch an die witzigsten Einzeiler erinnern und daran, dass die Liebesgeschichte zwischen einem Mann älteren Datums und einem Schuldmädchen erzählt wird. Manhattan ist aber so viel mehr! Es ist kein Film über die Liebe, es ist ein Film über den Verlust. Der Soundtrack beinhaltet eine Menge romantischer Songs, die im Grunde gar nicht zum Film passen, dessen Protagonist Isaac (Allen) die Liebe gar nicht kennt. Seine Sommerliebe heisst Tracy (Mariel Hemingway, die Nichte des Dichters) und vordergründig hat sie mit Isaac nichts gemein. Sie hat aber das, was ein Liebhab...


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05/17/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Vintage Woody Allen

Manhattan is certainly a solid Woody Allen that features great dialogue. It contains some great shots of the Manhattan skyline and some very quirky characters.

The story is about Issac Davis (Allen) a 42-year old twice divorced writer who is dating 17-year old Tracy (Mariel Hemingway). While dating Tracy he falls for Mary Wilkie (Diane Keaton) the mistress of his friend Yale (Michael Murphy). In addition, he must deal with his ex-wife Jill (Meryl Streep) who left him and became a lesbian and is now writing a book about their failed marriage that portrays him in a negative light.

Allen is of course his usual neurotic self. The audience can clearly see why Issac's ex-wives left him as he is incredibly narcissistic, willing to abandon someone at the drop of a hat if suits his nee...

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02/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Isaac Davis (Woody Allen), who was divorced twice and having a child, dates a 17 year old girl named Tracy (Mariel Hemingway). Yale (Michael Murphy), married to Emily (Anne Byrne) and friend of Isaac, is having an affair with Mary (Diane Keaton). Mary gets close with Isaac thru various walks and conversations. Jill (Meryl Streep) creates a book with references of their lives. The director’s gift of screenplay writing was evident with thought provoking lines from the film: Isaac – “The important thing in life is courage.” Mary - “I guess we met at the wrong time.” Emily – “But then, nothing's perfect.” Score was delightful and the dialogues never seemed forced.

Its direction leaned towards the beauty of the city and the relationships of the characters. Mariel Hemingway was r...

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