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Manhattan

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7.91 h 36 min1979X-Ray15
On the heels of Annie Hall, the Oscar-winning romantic comedy that rocketed Woody Allen to the front ranks of American filmmakers, Manhattan continued Allen's romantic obsessions in a slightly darker, more pessimistic vein. Allen stars as Isaac Davis, a TV comedy writer sick of the pap he is forced to churn out and harboring dreams of being the great American novelist.
Directors
Woody Allen
Starring
Woody AllenDiane KeatonMichael Murphy
Genres
DramaRomance
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Mariel HemingwayMeryl StreepAnne ByrneKaren LudwigMichael O'DonoghueVictor TruroWallace Shawn
Studio
MGM
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4.3 out of 5 stars

539 global ratings

  1. 67% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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J. McDonaldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 December 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Manhattan.
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For many, this is the quintessential Woody Allen film – it is certainly held in such high regard that it is in the film registry of America's Library of Congress.

Visually stunning, it's black and white photography captures a romantic (if not wholly romanticised) vision of New York's Manhattan; It perhaps is the film that best encapsulates Allen's self-effacing, gently satirical portrayal of the white, middle-class creative community and it's milieu. It's funny, clever and engaging, though I remember it came in for criticism at the time of it's release over the age difference between Allen's character and his girlfriend, played by Mariel Hemingway.
Combined with the evocative soundtrack of George Gershwin`s music this is one of Allen's best movies – if not THE best; that's for you to decide.

Like all Woody Allen DVDs there are no extras other than the trailer; the quality of the transfer is showing it's age, it could do with a new digital transfer – but it remains quite acceptable, even on a large-screen TV.
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ThespionicReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Utter Classic
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This film is certainly one of Woody’s best films – winning a BAFTA in the process.
It is now also his third highest grossing film, (126m $), in his magnificent career, behind the likes of Annie Hall (135m$) and Midnight in Paris which grossed 151m$.
The film is famous for its ‘Allenisms’ - his liking for films about relationships, his liking of black & white cinematography and his quick fire wit, though this is nowhere near his wittiest flick. It is memorable for its shots of Manhattan and the music of Gershwin. Of course, it’s ironic in that it mirrors his future life and relationship with a teenage girl. In real life it led to marriage and they are still together to this day.
I must say that I find the film utterly delightful; it has a crazy little storyline about complicated relationships within a social circle. Woody is fantastic as the oddball friend who's never stops talking! The script and wit are brilliant and `classic' is the obvious adjective to use for this film?
It looks great in black & white and at 96 minutes was perfectly pitched.I loved it.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Overrated
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Believe me I am a fan of Woody Allen - I think the guy is a genius - in many ways unrivaled. Not being familiar with all of his older works but hugely admiring some of them (and his newer ones) I thought judging by the reviews this would be first-class however in spite of some of the classic stylized footage of Manhatten the story itself doesn't really deliver - it is by no means Woody's best writing - Possibly a good watch for the screenplay but for the story and characters it is not his best work
⭐️Nez⭐️Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Regarded by my friend as the best Woody Allen film!
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Bought this for a friend who is a Woody Allen fan. I've no idea if this film is any good or not because I haven't seen it but my friend was absolutely elated with this gift and exclaimed that it is "The best film ever made". I would doubt that as everyone knows that 'Notting Hill' hold that title, but each to their own I suppose!

If you like Woody Allen films, this - apparently - is one of his best.
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Andrew Simon ConwayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 February 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Great film, rotten overdubbed pressing.
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Classic movie, still wonderful but this pressing managed to combine tacked on sound and a poor picture. I think it was cobbled together in Germany but, whatever, it’s a crime not to sell a decent pressing. You enjoy ‘Manhattan’ in part at least for the wonderful black and white cinematography and glorious Gershwin soundtrack. I sent it back.
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W. A. D.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A masterpiece delivered well in high definition.
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One of the director’s finest films that combined wit, humour and belly laughs too with a touching love story and a consummate celebration of The Big Apple. The blu ray offers excellent audio & video and is strongly recommended albeit with a touch of great sadness following the accusations made about Woody A. over the years following.
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Kevin LawrenceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
... I could resolve the conflict between Woody Allen the great auteur and Woody Allen the creepy perv
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I watched it to see if I could resolve the conflict between Woody Allen the great auteur and Woody Allen the creepy perv. If anything, watching the movie made the conflict worse. The title of the movie could have been "Woodie Allen is a Creepy Perv" and it would still have been a great movie.

A friend of mine said that Allen looks like he would smell bad. But I still love his movies. I love this one.
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R. LissReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 October 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Don't rent this film
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The sound track on this film is in terrible condition. We had to turn the volume up very high to hear actors speaking and then turn it right down when music was played. It did not make for a comfortable experience. Was this a very old copy? Not worth the money.
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