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Manhattan (1979)

aka Manhattan

"Woody Allen's New Comedy Hit"

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Details: 96 mins · English · R (USA)


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Small Isaac Davis
Small Mary Wilkie
Small Yale
Small Tracy
Small Jill Davis
No_movie_poster Emily
No_movie_poster Connie
No_movie_poster Dennis
No_movie_poster Yale
Small Jeremiah


No_movie_poster Juliet Taylor Casting
Small Woody Allen Director
No_movie_poster Gordon Willis Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Robert Greenhut Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Charles H. Joffe Producer
No_movie_poster Jack Rollins Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Albert Wolsky Costume Design
No_movie_poster Marshall Brickman Screenplay
No_movie_poster Susan E. Morse Editor
No_movie_poster Mel Bourne Production Design
No_movie_poster Robert Drumheller Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Fern Buchner Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Romaine Greene Hair Setup
No_movie_poster Martin Danzig Production Manager
Small Woody Allen Writer
No_movie_poster Susan E. Morse Editing


"Woody Allen's New Comedy Hit"


The film opens with a montage of images of Manhattan accompanied by George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Isaac Davis (Woody Allen) is introduced as a man writing a book about his love for New York City. He is a twice-divorced, 42-year-old comedy writer for television dealing with the women in his life who quits his unfulfilling job. He is dating Tracy (Mariel Hemingway), a 17-year-old girl attending the Dalton School. His best friend, Yale Pollack (Michael Murphy), married to Emily (Anne Byrne), is having an affair with Mary Wilkie (Diane Keaton). Mary's ex-husband and former teacher, Jeremiah (Wallace Shawn), also appears. Isaac's ex-wife Jill Davis (Meryl Streep) is writing a confessional book about their marriage. Jill has also since come out of the closet and lives with her partner, Connie (Karen Ludwig).

When Isaac meets Mary, her cultural snobbery rubs him the wrong way. Isaac runs into her again at an Equal Rights Amendment fund-raising event at the Museum of Modern Art and accompanies her on a cab ride home. They chat until sunrise in a sequence that culminates in the iconic shot of the Queensboro Bridge. In spite of a growing attraction to Mary, Isaac continues his relationship with Tracy but emphasizes that theirs cannot be a serious relationship and encourages her to go to London to study acting. In another iconic scene, at Tracy's request, they go on a carriage ride through Central Park.

After Yale breaks up with Mary, he suggests that Isaac ask her out. Isaac does, always having felt that Tracy was too young for him. Isaac breaks up with Tracy, much to her dismay, and before long, Mary has virtually moved into his apartment. Emily is curious about Isaac's new girlfriend, and after several meetings between the two couples, including one where Emily reads out portions of Jill's new book about her marriage with Isaac, Yale leaves Emily to resume his relationship with Mary. A betrayed Isaac confronts Yale at the college where he teaches, and Yale argues that he found Mary first. Isaac responds by discussing Yale's extramarital affairs with Emily, but she thinks Isaac introduced Mary to Yale. In the denouement, Isaac lies on his sofa, musing into a tape recorder about the things that make "life worth living", with the final item, after which he sets down the microphone, being "Tracy's face."

He leaves his apartment and sets out on foot for Tracy's. He arrives at the lobby of her family's apartment just as she is leaving for London. He says that she doesn't have to go and that he doesn't want "that thing about you that I like" to change. She replies that the plans have already been made and reassures him that "Not everybody gets corrupted" before saying "You've got to have a little faith in people." He gives her a slight smile segueing into final shots of the skyline with some bars of Rhapsody in Blue playing again. An instrumental version of "Embraceable You" plays over the credits.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1979-04-25 : United States of America

DVD : 2000-07-04