Crimes And Misdemeanors

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  • PG-13
Woody Allen spent most of the 1980s and '90s veering between comedy and drama, and he rarely combined the two with greater success than in CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, in which he weaved together two stories, one deadly serious, one often funny, both ending in sadness. Dr. read more

Woody Allen spent most of the 1980s and '90s veering between comedy and drama, and he rarely combined the two with greater success than in CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS, in which he weaved together two stories, one deadly serious, one often funny, both ending in sadness. Dr. Judah Rosenthal is a prominent ophthalmologist with a successful practice, a loving family, and a reputation for generous charity work. But Rosenthal also has a secret: his mistress, Dolores. What began as a casual fling has become uncomfortably intimate, and as he tries to break off the relationship, Dolores threatens to expose his infidelity to his wife and some unorthodox financial arrangements to his colleagues. Fearful that Dolores will make good on her threats, Judah confesses his secret to his brother Jack, who has ties to organised crime and offers to "make the problem go away." Meanwhile, Cliff Stern is a filmmaker working on his pet project, a documentary about philosopher Prof. Louis Levy. However, films about philosophers don't pay the rent, so Cliff's wife Wendy arranges for him to make a documentary for public television about her brother Lester, a famous TV comedian whose vapidity is exceeded only by his arrogance. While Cliff tries to bite the bullet and finish the film, he finds himself falling in love with producer Halley Reed.

Original Release

10/13/1989

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Cast

Woody Allen Cliff Stern
Mia Farrow Halley Reed
Alan Alda Lester
Martin Landau Judah Rosenthal
Sam Waterston Ben
Anjelica Huston Dolores Paley
Joanna Gleason Wendy Stern
Jerry Orbach Jack Rosenthal
Jenny Nichols Jenny
Caroline Aaron Barbara
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Woody Allen

Writers

Woody Allen

Cast

Woody Allen Cliff Stern
Mia Farrow Halley Reed
Alan Alda Lester
Martin Landau Judah Rosenthal
Sam Waterston Ben
Anjelica Huston Dolores Paley
Joanna Gleason Wendy Stern
Jerry Orbach Jack Rosenthal
Jenny Nichols Jenny
Caroline Aaron Barbara
Daryl Hannah Lisa Crosley
Bill Bernstein Testimonial Speaker
Claire Bloom Miriam Rosenthal
Stephanie Roth Haberle Sharon Rosenthal (as Stephanie Roth)
Gregg Edelman Chris
George J. Manos Photographer (as George Manos)
Dolores Sutton Judah's Secretary
Donna Castellano T.V. Producer
Kenny Vance Murray
Jerry Zaks Man on Campus

Producers

Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Robert Greenhut Producer
Thomas A. Reilly Producer
Helen Robin Producer

Editors

Susan E. Morse

1990 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1990 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1990 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominated
1990 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
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