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Crimes and Misdemeanors Details


Woody Allen spent most of the 1980s and '90s veering between comedy and drama, and he rarely combined the two with greater success than in Crimes and Misdemeanors, in which he weaved together two stories, one deadly serious, one often funny, both ending in sadness. Martin Landau plays Dr. Judah Rosenthal, a prominent ophthalmologist with a successful practice, a loving family, and a reputation for generous charity work. But Rosenthal also has a secret: his mistress, Dolores (Anjelica Huston). What began as a casual fling has become uncomfortably intimate, and as he tries to break off the relationship, Dolores threatens to expose his infidelity to his wife and some unorthodox financial arrangements to his colleagues. Fearful that Dolores will make good on her threats, Judah confesses his secret to his brother Jack (Jerry Orbach), who has ties to organized crime and offers to "make the problem go away." Meanwhile, Cliff Stern (Woody Allen) is a filmmaker working on his pet project, a documentary about philosopher Prof. Louis Levy (Martin Bergmann). However, films about philosophers don't pay the rent, so Cliff's wife Wendy (Joanna Gleason) arranges for him to make a documentary for public television about her brother Lester (Alan Alda), a famous TV comedian whose vapidity is exceeded only by his arrogance. While Cliff tries to bite the bullet and finish the film, he finds himself falling in love with PBS producer Halley Reed (Mia Farrow). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 27, 1990


Awarded by
National Board of Review Alan Alda Best Supporting Actor 1989 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Alan Alda Best Supporting Actor 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Landau Best Supporting Actor 1989 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Woody Allen Best Director 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Woody Allen Best Original Screenplay 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Woody Allen Best Director 1989 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Woody Allen Best Director 1990 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Woody Allen Best Picture 1990 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Woody Allen In Competition 1990 Nominee


Martin Landau
as Judah Rosenthal
Woody Allen
as Cliff Stern
Mia Farrow
as Halley Reed
Alan Alda
as Lester
Anjelica Huston
as Dolores Paley
Jerry Orbach
as Jack Rosenthal
Sam Waterston
as Ben
Joanna Gleason
as Wendy Stern
Caroline Aaron
as Barbara
Claire Bloom
as Miriam Rosenthal
Stephanie Roth
as Sharon Rosenthal
Jenny Nichols
as Jenny
David S. Howard
as Sol Rosenthal
Anna Berger
as Aunt May
Victor Argo
as Detective
Martin Bergmann
as Prof. Louis Levy
George Mason
as Photographer
Barry Finkel
as TV Writer
Grace Zimmerman
as Bride
Garrett Simowitz
as Young Judah
Sol Frieder
as Seder Guest
Sylvia Kauders
as Seder Guest
Steve Maidment
as TV Writer
Hy Anzell
as Seder Guest
Justin Zaremby
as Seder Guest
Kenny Vance
as Murray
Gregg Edelman
as Chris
Nora Ephron
as Wedding Guest
Thomas Bolster
as Wedding Guest
Chester Malinowski
as Hit Man
Rebecca Schull
as Chris' Mother
Robin Bartlett
as Wedding Guest
Marvin Terban
as Seder Guest
Zina Jasper
as Carol
Merv Bloch
as Wedding Guest
Stanley Reichman
as Chris' Father
Jerry Zaks
as Man on Campus
Randy Aaron Fink
as Groom
Dolores Sutton
as Judah's Secretary
Warren Vache
as Jazz Band
Donna Castellano
as TV Producer
Joel Fogel
as TV Producer
Nadia Sanford
as Alva
Frances Conroy
as House Owner


Woody Allen
Robert Greenhut
Woody Allen
Sven Nykvist
Susan E. Morse
Santo Loquasto
Production Designer
Speed Hopkins
Art Director
Helen Robin
Associate Producer
Thomas A. Reilly
Associate Producer
Charles H. Joffe
Executive Producer
Susan Bode-Tyson
Set Designer
Jeffrey Kurland
Costume Designer
Juliet Taylor
Joseph Hartwick
Production Manager
Fern Buchner