DVD Crimes and Misdemeanors [Widescreen] [1992] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 13854),
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Crimes and Misdemeanors [Widescreen] [1992] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is Woody Allen's most mature, most profound film. Martin Landau plays Judah Rosenthal, a successful ophthalmologist having an affair with Dolores (Anjelica Huston), who is threatening to reveal their relationship unless Judah commits to her and leaves his wife. He admits his sin to Ben (Sam Waterston), a friend, a patient, and a learned rabbi who is losing his eyesight but not his faith. Judah turns to his brother Jack, who is connected to the mob and can make Dolores disappear. Allen plays Cliff Stern, a documentary filmmaker who accepts an assignment to film his pompous, successful brother-in-law, Lester (Alan Alda), a comedy star; both Cliff and Lester fall for Hallie Reed (Mia Farrow), a producer involved in the documentary. Allen the director brings all the characters together in a fabulous mix of comedy and drama, deceit and delight. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is a marvel of complexity, with fascinating, well-written characters; deep, complicated relationships; and thought-provoking examinations of religion, infidelity, morality, murder, comedy, and tragedy.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1002025

  • Credits
    Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston, Woody Allen, Allan Stewart Konigsberg, Joanna Gleason, Alan Alda, Alphonso D'Abruzzo, Caroline Aaron, Claire Bloom, Claire Blume, Mia Farrow, Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow, Jenny Nichols, Jerry Orbach, Sam Waterston
  • Critic Reviews
    "...In this risky, riveting film, our most prolific and provocative moviemaker uses his wit to touch a nerve. CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS is so funny it hurts..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Allen's most securely serious and funny film to date....The writer and director continues to be his own most vital on-screen force..."
    New York Times

    Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1989" List
    New York Times

    "...Brainy, poignant....Landau, Huston and Jerry Orbach give the story a dark, pathetic edge..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Woody Allen's masterful oddball -- half-morbid, half-uproarious..."
    USA Today

    "[T]his is an ambitious blend of comedy, drama and ruminations on humanity that Allen juggles with the skill of a director on top form."
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