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Crimes And Misdemeanours [VHS] [1990]

4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Martin Landau, Mia Farrow, Anjelica Huston
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Robert Greenhut
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004RQOT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,452 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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More fun and games with Woody Allen's trademark nuerotic New Yorkers. When Judah's (Martin Landau) mistress (Anjelica Huston) threatens to tell his wife (Claire Bloom) about their affair, he contacts his gangster brother and arranges to have her killed. Meanwhile Cliff (Woody Allen), a documentary filmmaker, is falling in love with his producer (Mia Farrow) while making a film tribute to the brother-in-law he hates. Moral dilemmas abound as the two stories interweave, Judah and Cliff both needing to make a decision that could change their lives forever.

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Along with Deconstructing Harry which would follow seven years later, this is Woody Allen's most sombre comedy-drama, as well as his most ambitious film of the 1980s. Allen weaves together two central stories about very different groups of Manhattanites, linking them through a mutual friend, a rabbi (Sam Waterston) who's going blind. This image is key to the sometimes ponderous, often clever musings on faith, morals, and vision (or lack thereof) that obsess his deeply troubled and unhappy characters. At its centre, the film explores people who, through lack of religious conviction or arrogance, rationalise their awful, selfish acts by presuming that God couldn't possibly be watching.

The central story--a neo-noir of sorts--follows a fortuitous ophthalmologist (Martin Landau, all sweat and grimaces) who faces the prospect of his obsessed mistress (Anjelica Huston) ruining his life by telling his family of their affair. Desperate, the doctor hires his slimy criminal brother (Jerry Orbach) to eliminate the situation, and then suffers overwhelming regret afterwards. The flip tale is more typical Allen. Funnier and lighter, it focuses on an impossible romance between Allen's character and Halley Reed, a film producer played by Mia Farrow. Between Allen and his Hollywood fantasy stands his brother-in-law (Alan Alda, perfectly cast as an obnoxious, successful sitcom producer), who also desires Halley. Allen is Landau's opposite: an honest, struggling documentarian who cares nothing about fortune, suffers in a loveless marriage, and is surrounded by triumphant phonies. The nice-guys-finish-last moral may be as contrived as it is devastating. Yet, when Landau and Allen finally share a final scene during a wedding, their faces, subtle body movements, and contrasting fortunes somehow suggest that indeed God may be blind, and if not, the deity has a very sick sense of humour. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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