• Manhattan (1979)

Manhattan

Release Date: April 25th, 1979

DVD Release Date: July 5th, 2000

R |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

Director Woody Allen's love letter to New York City stars Allen as frustrated television writer Isaac Davis, a twice-divorced malcontent facing middle age alone after his wife, Jill (Meryl Streep), leaves him for a woman. Isaac is dating fresh-faced Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), a high school girl he knows is wrong for him, and begins to wonder if he and brainy writer Mary (Diane Keaton), the mistress of his best friend, Yale (Michael Murphy), might make a better couple.

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne, Karen Ludwig, Michael O'Donoghue

Director: Woody Allen

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Jack Rollins and Charles Joffe

Keywords: Playful, Growing up, Fall, Friend, New York City, 1970s, Love triangle, Witty, Touching, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    With his co-writer, Randy Sue Coburn, and composer Mark Isham, director Alan Rudolph has created a sense of time and place that authentically conveys what it might have been like when writers were celebrities and special effects came from words. [10 Jan 1995, p.A18]

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    Deft comedy set in a neurotic town. People may argue about the relative merits of Annie Hall vis-a-vis Manhattan, which is a better and more fully realized film. By this time Allen had forsworn the glib one-liner and spent more time developing well-rounded characters. show more

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    If Manhattan was only a romantic comedy, it would be a very good one, but the fact that the movie has so much more ambition than the "average" entry into the genre makes it an extraordinary example of the fusion of entertainment and art. This is Allen in peak form, deftly mastering and combining the diverse threads of romance, drama, and comedy - and all against a black-and-white backdrop that makes us wonder why color is such a coveted characteristic in modern motion pictures. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Film
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Nominated Cinematography
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Nominated Actor
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Nominated Actress
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Nominated Soundtrack
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Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Film Editing
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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Supporting Actress
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Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)