Shadows and Fog


Shadows and Fog (1992)



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In this Woody Allen film, a city is searching for the person responsible for a series of strangulation murders, and they enlist the help of cowardly clerk Kleinman (Woody Allen). As he helps in the search, he runs across circus performer Irmy (Mia Farrow) and befriends her. However, circumstantial evidence leads the townsfolks to suspect that Kleinman is the killer, and he must struggle to avoid capture.

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Woody Allen
as Kleinman
as Marie
Jodie Foster
as Prostitute
Lily Tomlin
as Prostitute
Kathy Bates
as Prostitute
John Cusack
as Student Jack
Fred Gwynne
as Hacker's Follower
Kenneth Mars
as Magician
Philip Bosco
as Mr. Paulsen
Robert Joy
as Spiro's Assistant
Wallace Shawn
as Simon Carr
Kurtwood Smith
as Vogel's Follower
Eszter Balint
as Woman with Baby
James Rebhorn
as Vigilante
Victor Argo
as Vigilante
Katy Dierlam
as Fat Lady
Dennis Vestunis
as Strongman
Anne Lange
as Prostitute
Fred Melamed
as Undesirables Onlooker
Greg Stebner
as Police Chief
Peter Appel
as Cop at Police Station
John C. Reilly
as Cop at Police Station
Brian Smiar
as Cop at Police Station
Michael P. Troy
as Cop at Police Station
Remak Ramsay
as Cop at Police Station
Ron Turek
as Cop at Police Station
Peter McRobbie
as Bartender
Ira Wheeler
as Cop with Priest
Robert Silver
as Hacker's Follower
William H. Macy
as Cop with Spiro
Tom Riis Farrell
as Vigilante with Spiro
Ron Weyand
as Vigilante with Spiro
Richard Riehle
as Roustabout
Max Robinson
as Roustabout
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Critic Reviews for Shadows and Fog

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (2)

Shadows and Fog is Woody Allen's first mystery movie. The mystery: what caused this total breakdown of a unique artist?

Jan 18, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What does Allen intend in this superficially humorous, even cute film about a fearful little quipster running about dark, frightening, cobbled streets?

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The sets and camerawork are astounding, and film and literature buffs will have fun spotting the references. But the circus-related material is thin, the philosophic pontificating is atypically glib, and the all-star cast is given precious little to do.

Nov 21, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An artistic and commercial misstep, this b/w tribute to German Expressionism wastes the talents of Jodie Foster, Lily Tomlin, Kathy Bates, and many others.

Aug 24, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Has few laughs.

Jul 25, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Beautiful vintage Woody.

Dec 19, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Shadows and Fog

Lesser Woody seems to be trying to evoke Pandora's Box but while it's filled with gifted performers they are the wrong ones to fit into the style he is seeking. A miss.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Yet another Woody Allen vehicle centered around his trademark Semitic neurosis ...and yet again I smile and laugh and applaud. What is wrong with me??

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Shadows and Fog, Woody's love letter to German Expressionism, boasts some cleverly detailed mise-en-scenes and 20s inspired shot scales, but it's little more than a replication.

Jonathan Hutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer


I'm not a HUGE fan of Woddy Allen's work, my general problem is primarily his presence on screen. While I can appreciate his work as a director / writer, I feel that as an actor he is a one trick pony. And unfortunately that "pony" is a sad, annoying and pathetic putz. Which can be good for a chuckle once in awhile and in the right context, but when it's all that you ceases to ammuse. While he is slightly less annoying (then usual) here, I feel that his presence really detracts from the film. Aside from that...the film is beautifully shot and wonderfully cast. The music is amamzing and perfectly suited to compliment the look and feel that Allen was going for. I would have to say that while I haven't seen ALL of his films, of the handfull that I have seen...this is probably one of my top three "Woody Allen Films".

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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