Rent Manhattan (1979)

3.8 of 5 from 266 ratings
1h 32min
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Synopsis:
Forty-two-year-old Manhattan native Isaac Davis (Allen) has a job he hates, a seventeen-year-old girlfriend (Mariel Hemingway) he doesn't love, and a lesbian ex-wife Jill (Meryl Streep) who's writing a tell-all book about their marriage... and whom he'd like to strangle. But when he meets his best friend's sexy, intellectual mistress, Mary (Diane Keaton), Isaac falls head over heels in lust! Leaving Tracy, bedding Mary and quitting his job are just the beginning of Isaac's quest for romance and fulfillment in a city where sex is as intimate as a handshake - and the gate to true love... is a revolving door.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Charles H. Joffe, Jack Rollins
Writers:
Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
Others:
Robert De Niro, Jack Higgins, Susan E Morse, James Sabat, Gordon Willis, Dan Sable
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards:

1980 BAFTA Best Screen Play

1980 BAFTA Best Film

BBFC:
Release Date:
10/07/2000
Run Time:
96 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Menu
  • Scene Access
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/08/2013
Run Time:
92 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of Manhattan

The City as Star. - Manhattan review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
Updated 07/03/2021

A love triangle of New York intellectuals are unable to apply the ethics and philosophy they constantly quote and analyse to their own lives in even the most basic way. Their narcissistic moral shiftiness is sugared by some consistently brilliant, witty dialogue, Gordon Willis' gorgeous black and white, widescreen photography of the city, and the Gerschwin score. But it contrasts with the character of Mariel Hemingway as Woody's seventeen year old girlfriend, who is the only person in the film who is able to apply a system of values to her actual choices.

With Annie Hall, Manhattan represents the peak of Allen's career in terms of public and critical recognition. They often seem to be seen as a pair, but Manhattan is much darker. The Allen character is quite an amoral anti-hero.

The real hero of the film is Manhattan Island magnificently captured for posterity. Including that famous shot of Allen and Diane Keaton against the 59th Street Bridge on the East River at dawn. Yet, the film Manhattan overwhelms with its huge surge of romanticism and the warm rush of nostalgia.

The performances are brilliant and the humour is legendary. To quote  random example: My analyst warned me, but you were so beautiful I got another analyst. And it has one of the great closing lines in cinema, appropriately voiced by Hemingway, who sends the audience home with a dose of sweet wisdom.

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