Crimes And Misdemeanors details
|Starring:||Martin Landau, Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Joanna Gleason, Claire Bloom, Jenny Nichols, Jerry Orbach, Anjelica Huston, Caroline Aaron, Sam Waterston, Mia Farrow|
Crimes And Misdemeanors
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Feb 2002|
|Dubbed:||French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Outstanding Woody Allen filmBy Philip Concannon from London , 25 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]'Crimes and Misdemeanours' is a strong contender for Woody Allen's best film. It's the perfect example of a director, torn between two film making styles and having it both ways. On one hand He's created a dark and profound drama about a Doctor forced into murder and on the other, a typically sweet and funny romantic comedy. The two strands have only the most tenuous of connections but Allen crafts this film with a dazzling alchemy.
Ophthamologist Judah Rosenthal(Martin Landau) has been having an affair for some years with a younger woman(Angelica Huston). But now she wants him for herself and is threatening to spill the beans. Scared, Judah begins to contemplate silencing her for good. Meanwhile the second story concerns a TV director(Allen) who's making a film about a pompous producer(Alan Alda) and also competing with him for the affections of Mia Farrow.
To say much more about this beautifully crafted screenplay would be to spoil the fun as Allen effortlessly develops the two tales, helped by a superb cast(Landau gives his best performance here). The conclusion is suprising, moving and profound. It's arguably Woody Allen's last great film and is a truly magnificent achievement.
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Don't expect too many laughsBy Oozoid (72 reviews) from Ayr , 19 Oct 2013There is wit and humour but I would not class this as comedy. But it is a fine film that should appeal whether or not you're a Woody Allen fan.
Quirky fun. The Woody way.By MzBizkitz (67 reviews) , 01 Apr 2013It's Woody Allen, what can you say?! Watch it and you'll probably enjoy his quirky style of directing/acting. Give it a go.
Breaking the Mould of EndingsBy Seedyvee (207 reviews) from Grantham , 03 Jul 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]Two situations of matrimonial infidelity are run in parallel and their ensuing effects and consequences compared and contrasted. One brings tragedy and the other merely disappointment but we are left with an ironic outcome at the end. There is strong acting from Martin Landau, the characters are well-defined and the script is intelligently written with snippets of literary interest along the way. The tension is keenly palpable but one eventually begins to tire of Clif Stern's (Woody Allen) futile adolescent-like infatuation.
Good, but not my favouriteBy Moonwalker (38 reviews) from Dorking , 13 Dec 2009You can always watch Woody Allen films without danger of falling asleep, but in the end this felt too clever for its own good. The two unconnected stories didn't gel for me as they seem to have done for other reviewers. Loved Alan Alda, but not convinced by Mia Farrow - perhaps the part was too slightly drawn - or maybe in taking two separate strands, the film had to lose too much to condense it into its 100 minutes running time.
Serious funny, funny seriousBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 04 Nov 2009Several of Woody Allens 1980 films were very serious in tone and, for me rank as some of the best of his output, which is inevitabley uneven given that he directs a film every year or so. Here, at the end of the 1980s, he mixes the story of an ophthalmologist, played by Martin Landau, who commits a serious crime with the story of a TV director, played by Allen, who plays fast and loose with the direction of a TV biopic of his brother-in-law, played by Alan Alda. Nothing worse than a misdemeanour here. We laugh at Allens discomfort having to work on a project he despises; we are shocked at Landaus behaviour as he attempts to control his life. Allen explores to considerable effect the theme that the choices we make affect the kind of life that opens up before us.
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