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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)

Woody Allen , Diane Keaton , Woody Allen  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Jerry Adler, Lynn Cohen, Ron Rifkin
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767819764
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Manhattan Murder Mystery" on IMDb

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Diane Keaton stars as Carol Lipton, a bored Manhattan housewife who becomes convinced that her next-door neighbor has committed a murder. When her skeptical husband, Larry (Woody Allen) rejects the idea, Carol turns to a flirtatious friend (Alan Alda) to help her search for clues. And as their enthusiasm for the case grows, so does their interest in each other. Spurred on by jealousy - and by a seductive writer (Anjelica Huston) who's also excited by the mystery - Larry reluctantly joins the chase, only to learn that much more than his marriage is at stake. A comic romp bursting with wry one-liners and inspired sight gags.

Woody Allen was going through his off-screen scandal with Mia Farrow when Manhattan Murder Mystery was produced, so Diane Keaton was brought in to fill the role intended for Farrow. The reunion of Keaton and Allen only improves this already enjoyable Allen comedy, since they're so comfortable with each other's neuroses that they're delightfully convincing as a married couple who suspect their neighbor of murdering his wife. Actually, it's Keaton who obsesses about the possible foul play; Woody just wants them to mind their own business. But pretty soon they've recruited their friends (Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston) as amateur sleuths, and the movie turns into a Nancy Drew mystery for sophisticated Manhattanites. With a typical abundance of Woody Allen witticism and some memorable comic suspense, this engaging throwback to vintage Hollywood mysteries is guaranteed to please even the most noncommittal Woody Allen fans, and the Allen-Keaton chemistry is, as always, a genuine pleasure. --Jeff Shannon

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful mix of Murder, Mistery and Comedy February 28, 2004
By Babeur
Diane Keaton and Woody Allen make quick friends with an older couple. After the woman dies of a heart attack, Diane Keaton starts investigating on her own thinking that it was not a heart attack afterall. Woody on the other end does not believe in this murder idea and thinks his wife is getting too excited for no reason.
The movie mixes great suspense and comedy. The skepticism of woody allen and the wild (but maybe not so wild) imagination of diane keaton make for highly entertaining dialogues. The new york atmosphere of the movie is quite lovely too. The story moves fast and as Diane Keaton discovers more and more clues you find yourself seating on the edge of your seat wondering what next is going to happen.
This movie is wonderfull all the way to the end that parodies the ending of an old movie classic.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So long, Mia. Hello, Keaton. December 1, 2003
After the abrasive brilliance of "Husbands and Wives", Woody wisely lightened up and reteamed with two of his old partners-in-crime, Diane Keaton and writing partner Marshall Brickman. What's amazing is that though the movie seems rather lightweight on the surface, it really juggles a lot of different ideas at once. It is a comedy crime caper, but it toys with the idea that Keaton is imagining the whole thing in an effort to spice up a humdrum marriage. Does Alan Alda's character find the possibility of a murder tantalizing, or does he simply see it as a great way to get closer to Keaton? Does Anjelica Huston's character find the possibility of a murder tantalizing, or does she simply see it as a great way to get closer to Woody? Or both? The only sure thing is Woody, who reminds us that, aside from everything else, he's an absolutely peerless comic actor. He goes from being skeptical and annoyed at Keaton's obsession, to gradually escalating levels of fear, fear of both the murder and of losing his wife. It's great to see these two working together again so effortlessly, as though "Annie Hall" had just wrapped the week before.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Allen's Best. A Perfect Little Film. January 15, 1999
By A Customer
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Woody Allen's love of New York City really shines through in this comic caper about a pair of aging but sophisticated Manhattanites who suspect their neighbor of murdering his wife. Actually, it is Keaton's character who suspects; Allen plays the doubting and timid husband who gets dragged into her amateur investigation, if only to save his marriage. Keaton is looking to add excitement to her life; Allen, as usual, is perfectly comfortable with how things are. Their interaction is very, very funny, as is the sweet performance by Alan Alda as a family friend and writer who dreams of opening a restaurant with Keaton (who he has always had a crush on. Can we blame him!), and Angelica Huston as a cool and sexually provocative writer whose book Allen is editing. By the end, all four have joined in a wacky plot to catch the killer. We also hear some great music and see a side of New York City as only Allen's eye for charm can capture it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "minor" Woody Allen movie, but a delightful one. March 17, 2001
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Although it lacks the patina of greatness that surrounds "Hannah and Her Sisters" or "Crimes and Misdemeanors," Manhattan Murder Mystery is one of my favorite Woody Allen movies. From the opening credits, with swooping night aerial shots of Manhattan as Bobby Short sings, "I Happen to Like New York," Allen clues us in that this movie will be his biggest, happiest, most loving valentine ever to his home town. The murder mystery of the title is good enough--it even contains "un hommage a' Orson Welles" at the end, borrowing from "The Lady from Shanghai"--but what's really important to Allen are the city itself and the people who live there. The film is filled with loving, mature relationships; it's really sad to think that Allen finished writing the screenplay (with Marshall Brickman) just before the big blowup with Mia, which dragged his name through the mud and led to the unwatchable orgies of self-justification ("Celebrity," "Mighty Aphrodite") which have comprised most of his later work. But one good thing arose from the split with Mia: Woody got to work again with Diane Keaton in Manhattan Murder Mystery, thus reuniting a screen romantic team that ranks with Tracy and Hepburn, Powell and Loy, or Wayne and O'Hara. To see their hand-in-glove screen chemistry once again is alone worth the price of this video, while Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston are almost equally charming as the second leads. Manhattan Murder Mystery, in my opinion, holds roughly the same place in Allen's oeuvre as "Donovan's Reef" does in John Ford's; it's not one of the "major" works, but it's eternally refreshing and delightful, and all the director's major themes are there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated but brilliantly funny. March 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I don't know why exactly this film got such a mediocre critical reaction; I suppose it has something to do with the fact that the subject is somewhat lighter than those of his late 1970's peak. The chemistry between Diane Keaton (the neurotic, excitable, bored wife) and Woody Allen (the neurotic--as always--and skeptical husband) is perfected here, and it is hard to imagine that Keaton and Allen are anything but a real-life long-married couple meandering through middle age in Manhatten. The one-liners are hilarious, and moreover, it feels as if it were filmed with a great deal of affection and joy. Along with Husbands and Wives, it stands as the best of his late period (mid-80's to present) films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is Woody Allen at his best. It's so entertaining
This movie is Woody Allen at his best. It's so entertaining, laugh out loud funny. Diane Keaton is brilliant, as well as Alan Alda, Angelica Houston and the rest of the stellar... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Mary Macdonald Sill
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny. So complex
So funny. So complex. I actually bought this movie, first time purchase. I plan to watch it all year. Woody is a genius and he and Diane Keaton make me laugh until I cry. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Sharon Kemnitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie!!!
Published 9 days ago by lisa
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay away.
I have always been a Woody Allen fan so, it was a real disappointment to find this movie to be lacking any justification for watching it. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Gary E. Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie.
Classic Woody, great movie.
Published 11 days ago by Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favorites! Finally can stream it!
Published 25 days ago by ndubrow
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my all time favorite Woody Allen movies
This is one of my all time favorite Woody Allen movies, can't tell you how many times I've seen it, have trouble keeping it, always seems to go missing, but I have it again and... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Judy Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and Humor, Well-balanced.
I have watched this many times; it is a blend of suspense and humor. Alan Alda and Mia Farrow do a great acting job and the casting is excellent. You should see it.
Published 29 days ago by Richard L. Schott
5.0 out of 5 stars Woody's Double Tribute
Here is Woody at his best imitation of an Alfred Hitchcock mystery comedy. And unlike Hitchcock, who makes a token appearance in his films, Woody plays a central role in this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. C. Cruzado
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Woody, great performances
Great Woody , great performances, lots of laughs and enjoyment.
Published 1 month ago by John Marsilia
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