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Manhattan 1979 film review

Manhattan 1979 film review

Manhattan (1979, United States)

Running time
96 minutes
the story takes place in New York CityNew YorkUnited States
Our rating
★★★★★★★★★☆ 9 / 10

The main character, Isaac, is author of television comedies, but he does not like his job nor the compromises required by show business, although it is thanks to the job he has fame and wealth. He is constantly talking about writing a book, but never gets to it. His wife lefts him for another woman, and is writing a book about their failed marriage, which annoys him. What is more in the book she accuses him of running over her and her friend in a car. Isaac begins dating much younger woman, but eventually breaks up with her because of the age difference. Then falls in love with Mary, snob and pseudo-intelectual. She secretly is having an affair with married man. In the end Isaac abandons his mannerism and learns a lesson of humility.

This film is one of the many of Woody Allen productions with his great, yet sometimes tough to nail, sense of humor. Allen presents a picture of New York, but the city is rather main character’s imagination than reality. Staged by a great black and white photos, to the great music of George Gershwin the film offers typical for Allen inteligent and funny dialogues. This film is a masterpiece - the sum of style and humor Allen. The comedy that pokes conformism and manierism of Western societies.

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Creators of Manhattan

Woody Allen films

Woody Allen


Woody Allen films

Woody Allen


Marshall Brickman films

Marshall Brickman


Cast of Manhattan

Woody Allen films

Woody Allen

as Isaac Davis

Meryl Streep films

Meryl Streep

as Jill

Mariel Hemingway films

Mariel Hemingway

as Tracy

Diane Keaton films

Diane Keaton

as Mary Wilkie

Jerzy Lutowski films

Jerzy Lutowski

as Dennis

Anne Byrne Hoffman films

Anne Byrne Hoffman

as Emily

Karen Ludwig films

Karen Ludwig

as Connie

Michael Murphy films

Michael Murphy

as Yale

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