Manhattan Murder Mystery

7.31 h 47 min1993X-RayPG
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton reunite in this madcap mystery hailed as Allen's funniest film since ANNIE HALL.
Woody Allen
Alan AldaWoody AllenDiane Keaton
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Anjelica Huston
Robert Greenhut
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G.M.IlendaReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
An often over looked Allen classic
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Originally written before work started on "Annie Hall" in 1976, Allen decided to shelve this story line for a later date. In 1992, filming began in New York City with Keaton as the replacement for Mia Farrow, who by now abandoned Woody due to the embarrassing tabloid stories. Nonetheless this film shines as one of Allen's best. Keaton is superb in her portrayal of a nosy neighbor, turned conspiracy theorist wife of the sedate and pragmatic Allen who is convinced his wife has cracked. Spooky Mr. House just down the hall, has killed his wife and sets out to leave the country with his young secretary, until Allen and Keaton engage in amateur sleuthing to capture the killer. Guest star Alan Alda is magnificent as Ted, the sleazy friend who secretly wishes to steal Keaton away by enabling her crack pot ideas of an intricate murder scheme, and making excuses to be with her. Allen seems that all around him people are losing their heads, but finally is convinced Mr. House is the killer, and helps bring his downfall. There are scenes too hilarious to describe, since Allen's genius is dialog, while the beautifully shot scenes of NYC in the fall brings almost a nostalgia reminiscent of European avant garde. A must see for die hard Allen fans as well as the casual comedy fan. 5 stars.
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lawrence chanReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Woody Allen, a thoroughly satisfying script
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but certainly not the funniest since Annie Hall.
The Keaton roll is a tad overplayed IMHO although Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston, Jerry Adler et al. provide the perfect foil.
The nod to Hitchcock's Rear Window and Vertigo are cleverly utilized as are the names on delivery trucks and other visual elements that provide amusing clues; perhaps not so much to the murder plot itself but rather an homage to the Hitchcock classics.

The use of Allan's beloved black and white Film Noir genre is brilliant, absolute genius, particularly the final movie house scene.
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DataJanitorReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Fine Evening's Entertainment for Woody Allen fans
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As with most Woody Allen films, his comedy is an acquired taste. But, being veterans, we fought through the dark moments and uncomfortable overacting to discover that yes, we could enjoy this film. The true test of a Woody Allen film is whether you find yourself remembering or quoting it the next day. Manhattan Murder Mystery passes that test. But, if you're expecting another Annie Hall, this isn't it.

There are some really funny thriller moments in this film. Our favorite, without too giving too much away, is the scene where Carol Lipton (played by Diane Keaton) invades her neighbor's apartment to search for evidence. Hitchcock would have been proud.

He would have been less proud of Marcia Fox's (Anjelica Huston) reveal of the entire mystery near the end. I guess it was obvious that most people would be completely lost by the plot by that point. But, it is reassuring to know, that if you can't follow the twists someone will come along to explain the whole thing before the end. Perhaps this was merely a homage to the old Bogart films which had similar moments.

Of course, you can expect that like most Allen films, the plot is secondary to the study of the relationships among the characters.

I don't know how we missed this 1993 film when it was at the theaters. But it was like discovering a lost jewel among the Amazon Prime catalog entries. A fine evening's entertainment.
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KCBReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Woody Allen movie!
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I love Woody Allen movies! Don’t comment about how I’m a bad person for liking him or get into anything about his personal life. I don’t know him personally therefore I have no idea about his personal life. What I DO know is that the man writes and directs great movies. This is Probably my favorite movie of his - great cast, great dialogue, great direction, great movie
Elvin OrtizReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
My Favorite Allen Film
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Although not regarded as great as Annie Hall, Manhattan, Zelig, Radio Days, and Hannah and her Sisters, this is my favorite, fun-loving Allen film for its honest portrayal of a middle-aged couple, Larry and Carol Lipton, who are approaching their zenith as a couple and who head into an adventure that puts their marriage relationship to the test. They meet an older couple, the Houses, and the next day, they find out that Mrs. House has died of a heart attack. Carol hypothesizes that Mr. House may have killed his wife, a hypothesis strengthened when she discovers an urn with her wife's ashes in it, while Larry is skeptical. As Carol takes the initiative of probing deeper into this mystery, she is aided by a couple's long- time friend, Ted, who is divorced and has romantic aspirations with Carol. Thus, the mystery puts Larry and Carol's marriage to the test.

I will not give out the resolution to this mystery. I just want to say is that albeit the film seems a simple murder mystery, it is a film that pays tribute to the film noir genre. Film clips of Double Indemnity and the famous "house of mirrors" from the Lady from Shanghai are incuded. In fact, Allen replicates that latter film's ending with mirrors in a very unique way. The film also echoes brilliantly the famous Rear Window for two reasons. Carol's suspicions that a murder has occurred and her willingness to intrude into Mr. House's privacy, and Larry's skepticism are images of the main characters of that movie played by Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly, only that Allen has the sex inverted here with the man playing the skeptic. Larry's conversion to Carol's suspicion when he sees Mrs. House alive are similar to Kelly's own conversion. The differences between the Stewart and Kelly character are very similar to the ones we see in this film. The motives for the murder are very similar to the one in Double Indemnity and the grand finale looks like the Lady of Shanghai, as I mentioned above. In this sense, the film is a tribute to classic noir.

I love this film for the way it presents the crisis of a middle-class couple, and for the way they present these middle-aged people, the sociable Carol and the asocial Larry, Ted the divorcee, the sexy Marcia Fox, all these characters are fun to watch, particularly when they all get involved in trying to solve this mystery. The soundtrack and the New York scenes are lovable. I especially enjoy the opening song about loving New York. It's great. Personally this movie is as great as the ones mentioned above albeit for different reasons.
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Norma Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, clever mystery movie
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Love this movie. I lost my original DVD when this movie was first made. So happy to get another one. Quality for a non Blu -Ray DVD is pretty impressive. I used to be a big Woody Allen movie fan, but not so much now. This movie is my second favorite of his movies, next to Annie Hall. Very cleverly written, directed, and acted. If you like mysteries, with humor, and Dianne Keaton and Anjelica Huston, buy this movie. I never tire watching it.
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ceeceeReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Woody in top form
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Woody Allen's "Manhattan Murder Mystery" marks a return to the sort of dialogue driven comedy which he does so very well. It has its share of witty one liners and some set piece scenes that give the viewer if not rolling belly laughs at least some good smiles. (and the occasional laugh out loud) The plot reminded me very vaguely of "Rear Window" and the screen chemistry between Woody and Diane Keaton is wonderful. The plot revolves around all sorts of twists and turns and, without giving anything away, suffice to say the mystery is quite mysterious and certainly intriguing and the resolution is satisfying when it finally comes. If like me you enjoy a Woody Allen film starring Woody and has him at peak form as writer, director and star then this is for you. Let me also mention Anjelica Huston and Alan Alda both at the top of their game in supporting roles. I liked it and would recommend it.
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Girls With KnivesReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this movie
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I'll be up front and tell you I am a HUGE WA fan and a HUGE city girl. HUGE! This, along with Whatever Works, are on my fave list for comedy Woody.
Diane Keaton and Woody are so great together. I love the whole "highly unlikely" concept of this movie along with theintertwining of the relationship between D&W. Alan Alda & Angelica Houston thrown in here was just perfect casting. AA is just spot on. I also greatly appreciate, as always, the City, is another main character who is portrayed beautifully as only one who is completely in love with New York can expose its beauty to others. The music is pure Woody, the themes and fantasy are pure Woody and its typical Woody filming style. I cannot say enough how I love watching this movie. How I love the cerebral and urban subtleties he throws in that may go over some people's heads in his movies. This review has made me wanna watch it right now!
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