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Where he grew up was Rockaway, Queens, and -- having been there dozens of times, visiting from my own Brooklyn -- Allen's actual use of the neighborhood locations really places this movie not only in place, but time, as Rockaway Beach has changed so little since the 1940s.
Most memorable are the actors which comprise the ensemble cast: Seth Green plays a young Allen, casted as "Joe"; Julie Kavner and Jeff Tucker play his always bickering parents; Diane Wiest plays his old-maid aunt, Bea. But Mia Farrow as aspiring radio personality Sally White steals the show with her Canarsie accent "Hawk, I heyuh da cannons raw. Is it da king approachin'?" and later blossoms into a radio gossip show hostess, a la Hedda Hopper, replete with a proper Anglicized accent to boot.
Living now in an age when many social critics blame television for driving the American family apart, Allen paints a portrait of a time when it was radio which drew families closer together; all his favorite childhood memories having some connection to a radio program or song, and it is this connection which Allen memorializes, suggesting a time that was not so much more innocent, but one that was more dramatic, classier and less jaded.Read more ›
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Great movie, but this DVD was damaged and cannot be returned. Wonderful movie to watch when you are able to see it.Published 8 days ago by Kate'sPlace
For me its my favorite Woody Allen film. A great family film it is more accessable than some of his other more intellectually pretentious films. I really love this movie.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Quality of this DVD is poor, look like someone pointed a camera at a screen on recorded it, bootleg looking quality.Published 2 months ago by TR Dunne