Manhattan Movie Review Summary

Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Michael Murphy

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Manhattan

Isaac Davis (Allen), 42, is divorced from acerbic Jill (Streep), who has moved in with another woman and is about to publish a memoir that talks about how awful Davis is. Meanwhile, he has been having an affair with a precocious but sweet 17-year-old named Tracy (Hemingway). She idealizes him but he doesn't see any future in the relationship, so he breaks up with her and urges her to go to London on a scholarship program. His ruse is to say he's in love with someone else: Mary Wilkie (Keaton), whom he starts to date out of convenience and because his best friend Yale (Murphy), who is married and has been having an extramarital affair with Mary, pushes them together. Although many familiar Woody Allen themes and characters fill this 1979 movie, it is a cut above nearly all the others -- perhaps it's his very best -- for its balance of humor and depth, its unadulterated love of New York City, its sumptuous Gershwin musical score, and the gorgeous black-and-white camerawork of the great cinematographer Gordon Willis.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Woody Allen, as usual, plays a neurotic New York Jew with a sad and complicated love life. He has just divorced his second wife, and she plans to write a memoir exposing him for the schmuck he is. When the movie begins, he's dating a high school girl, but soon becomes interested in his friend Yale's girlfriend, Mary.
The review of this Movie prepared by Judy Berman

Script Analysis of Manhattan

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Comedy or Parody about    -   Woody Allen How much humor v. drama    -   Lot of humor, but significant serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language

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