Manhattan Murder Mystery

1993

Manhattan Murder Mystery

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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.

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Cast

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
George Mason
as "21 Club" Staff
Marge Redmond
as Mrs. Dalton
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
Steven Randazzo
as Policeman
Yanni Sfinias
as Hotel Night Clerk
Gloria Irizarry
as Hotel Maid
Al Cerullo
as Helicopter Pilot
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  • Jan 07, 2013
    Funny and amusing. Interesting use of steadycam to create long takes.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2011
    "Manhattan Murder Mystery" is a comedy disguised as a thriller, or vice versa. The premise is strangely familiar, but the writing and acting are so phenomenal that you won't care. And it doesn't matter that Woody Allen plays the same character in every movie he's in. He's always hilarious.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2011
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2011
    It does just enough to keep you into it, no more no less.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer

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