Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) USA
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Director:Woody Allen
Studio:Image Entertainment
Producer:Charles H. Joffe, Helen Robin, Jack Rollins, Robert Greenhut, Thomas A. Reilly
Writer:Woody Allen
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:Spanish, French
Woody Allen  ...  (Director)
Woody Allen  ...  (Writer)
Martin Landau  ...  Judah Rosenthal
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)
Anjelica Huston  ...  Dolores Paley
Woody Allen  ...  Cliff Stern
Jenny Nichols  ...  Jenny
Joanna Gleason  ...  Wendy Stern
Alan Alda  ...  Lester
Sam Waterston  ...  Ben
Zina Jasper  ...  Carol
Dolores Sutton  ...  Judah's Secretary
Joel Fogel  ...  T.V. Producer (as Joel S. Fogel)
Sven Nykvist  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: A film about humanity.

Summary: Some critics and filmgoers have hailed this 1989 comedy-drama as Woody Allen's best film, and while that's certainly open for debate, a good case can be made that it's the most ambitious and morally complex of Allen's films. It's the kind of movie that provokes heated philosophical debate about the role of God in our lives, the nature of guilt, and the circumstances that would allow a seemingly good, law-abiding family man and successful professional (Martin Landau) to commit a murder with no risk of being caught. Could you live with yourself under those conditions? Allen explores this complicated issue in the context of an extramarital affair that Landau's mistress (Anjelica Huston) threatens to expose, while developing a second story about a documentary filmmaker (Allen) who reluctantly makes a film about his brother-in-law (Alan Alda), a TV sitcom producer whose vanity is seemingly unlimited. From serious crimes to misdemeanors of personal behavior, Allen ties these stories together to create a provocative and unsettling study of divergent moralities and the price we're willing to pay to preserve our personal comfort and happiness. It's a sobering film, but a fascinating and funny one as well, unfolding like a thriller in which the question is not whodunit but rather, would you do it if you knew you could get away with it? --Jeff Shannon