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Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)



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There's a real murder and a real mystery in Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery, but these plot pegs are used mainly to allow Allen to explore modern urban relationships. Allen plays a N.Y.C. book editor, Larry Lipton, married to Carol (Diane Keaton, who replaced Mia Farrow at the last minute, for reasons well publicized at the time). Carol is a free spirit, ever willing to try new experiences, but Larry is a wet blanket. When it begins to look like a neighbor has killed his wife, Carol is eager to investigate the mystery, but Larry thinks her suspicions are nonsensical and doesn't want to leave his apartment. Undaunted, Carol finds another "Nick Charles" in the form of family friend Ted (Alan Alda), who joins the investigation, and feels attracted to Carol and isn't afraid to let her know. Meanwhile, a writer under Larry's aegis (Anjelica Huston), who feels romantically drawn to him, also decides to join in the fun. Slightly jealous of Carol in the face of her budding relationship with Ted, Larry reluctantly agrees to go along on her clue-hunting expedition -- and it is he who discovers the corpse, who as it turns out was killed after Carol started poking around the apartment building.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 15, 1998
TriStar Pictures


Woody Allen
as Larry Lipton
Diane Keaton
as Carol Lipton
Anjelica Huston
as Marcia Fox
Jerry Adler
as Paul House
Lynn Cohen
as Lillian House
Joy Behar
as Marilyn
William Addy
as Jack the Super
Ira Wheeler
as EMS Doctor
Melanie Norris
as Helen Moss
Marge Redmond
as Mrs. Dalton
George Mason
as "21 Club" Staff
Zach Braff
as Nick Lipton
George J. Manos
as 21 Club Staff
Linda Taylor
as 21 Club Staff
John Costello
as Policeman
Aida Turturro
as Hotel Day Clerk
Philip Levy
as Policeman
Wendell Pierce
as Policeman
Steve Randazzo
as Policeman
Yanni Sfinias
as Hotel Night Clerk
Gloria Irizarry
as Hotel Maid
Al Cerullo
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Manhattan Murder Mystery

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

Nobody labors quite like Woody Allen to produce a modest entertainment.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A movie inspired by movie escapism. Minor, but surprisingly, almost defiantly upbeat.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Although "Manhattan Murder Mystery" struggles with its own contrivances, it achieves a gentle, nostalgic grace and a hint of un-self-conscious wisdom.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Happily, these two stir up stardust memories of his earlier, funnier work, instead of the embarrassing voyeurism of "Husbands and Wives."

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

That Woody Allen found time to be remotely funny -- in the midst of his highly publicized legal troubles -- surely merits some kind of professional award.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

"Manhattan Murder Mystery" is an accomplished balancing act.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Manhattan Murder Mystery

One of Allen's greatest nineties' films, his bulk of work is neurotic comedies and iffy dramas. He has hit some home runs with the very subtle Crimes and Misdemeanors and classics such as Manhattan and Annie Hall. What keeps this film fresh is the fact that it's so realistic in the way it handles both the way the older couple investigated the supposed murder of their neighbor, and the backstory and look into the relationship between them. The couple who live across the hall from an old couple (Allen and Keaton) are starting their golden years together in cute seclusion, almost as an extension of Annie Hall's storyline, except now the couple has fallen into easy boredom with each other. Keaton's niche as kooky or quirky makes this film work well, as she runs around trying to solve a crime which might not even have happened. What makes this so great as well is the electricity and childlike glee of the ensemble as they find clues and piece together the events of the murder. They act like clumsy teenagers all along the way, and yet there is a bitter hostility between every one of these characters as they realize their fate and servitude as married people. Along with the couple are Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston, who both co-starred in an earlier Allen film called Crimes and Misdemeanors, which was a sharp drama. This was very sweet, a little guarded with the inter-personal relationships between every character, but the plot was delicious. I could have eaten up every morsel as we went along, hanging on the words of the saucy Anjelica Huston and the morbid Diane Keaton. It's an ensemble work in short, and is really more of a film for experienced middle aged individuals who are fans of the director's, and I'm guessing that's who he made it for, besides being a love letter to New York, as many of his films are.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

I don't claim to be a Woody Allen film expert by any means. I've only seen a handle of his films (as of this writing), but I tend to enjoy them every single time I see them. Maybe it's because Woody Allen is so much fun to watch, especially with the onscreen chemistry between him and Diane Keaton. Manhattan Murder Mystery probably isn't one of his better films, but it has the Woody Allen touches all over it. It's also a very intriguing mystery that has some geniunely creepy moments mixed with side-splitting nervous dialogue and performances. It's also fun to see who pops up in his films. This time around, we're treated to Alan Alda and Angelica Huston, two great ones. The plotline is a little bit ridiculous at times, but not wholly unbelievale. Just unlikely and ironic. Diane Keaton also gives a near-catatonic perfomance as the nosey neighbor. I felt exhausted after seeing this film, but I really enjoyed it. It's got a very good lead cast, an interesting story, and of course, Woody Allen himself. I guess one couldn't ask for much more.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


An intriguing blend of mystery and comedy. Feels like Alvy and Annie got old and moved in next door to a possible murderer. Clearly a love letter to the classic thrillers of Billy Wilder and Orson Welles. Utilizes a lot of the great hand held camera work that we saw in 1992's Husbands and Wives. However, the characters feel very underdeveloped. On top of this, even though there are some incredible one liners, the comedy is inconsistant. While I am not expecting a laugh a minute in my films, some more comedic breaks could have been utilized to break up the incredibly absurd mystery. Although certainly not his best work, it is worth a watch.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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