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Manhattan Murder Mystery Details


There's a real murder and a real mystery in Woody Allen's Manhattan Murder Mystery, but these plot pegs are used mainly to allow Allen to explore modern urban relationships. Allen plays a N.Y.C. book editor, Larry Lipton, married to Carol (Diane Keaton, who replaced Mia Farrow at the last minute, for reasons well publicized at the time). Carol is a free spirit, ever willing to try new experiences, but Larry is a wet blanket. When it begins to look like a neighbor has killed his wife, Carol is eager to investigate the mystery, but Larry thinks her suspicions are nonsensical and doesn't want to leave his apartment. Undaunted, Carol finds another "Nick Charles" in the form of family friend Ted (Alan Alda), who joins the investigation, and feels attracted to Carol and isn't afraid to let her know. Meanwhile, a writer under Larry's aegis (Anjelica Huston), who feels romantically drawn to him, also decides to join in the fun. Slightly jealous of Carol in the face of her budding relationship with Ted, Larry reluctantly agrees to go along on her clue-hunting expedition -- and it is he who discovers the corpse, who as it turns out was killed after Carol started poking around the apartment building. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 18, 1993


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Diane Keaton Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1993 Nominee


Woody Allen
as Larry Lipton
Diane Keaton
as Carol Lipton
Alan Alda
as Ted
Anjelica Huston
as Marcia Fox
Jerry Adler
as Paul House
Joy Behar
as Marilyn
Ron Rifkin
as Sy
Lynn Cohen
as Lillian House
Yanni Sfinias
as Hotel Night Clerk
Wendell Pierce
as Policeman
Philip Levy
as Policeman
John Doumanian
as Neighbor
George Mason
as "21 Club" Staff
Aida Turturro
as Hotel Day Clerk
Zach Braff
as Nick Lipton
Sylvia Kauders
as Neighbor
Al Cerullo
as Helicopter Pilot
Marge Redmond
as Mrs.Dalton
Steve Randazzo
as Policeman
Ira Wheeler
as EMS Doctor
Gloria Irizarry
as Hotel Maid
Juliet Taylor
Frank Pellegrino
as Policeman


Woody Allen
Robert Greenhut
Woody Allen
Marshall Brickman
Carlo Di Palma
Susan E. Morse
Santo Loquasto
Production Designer
Joseph Hartwick
Production Designer
Speed Hopkins
Art Director
Helen Robin
Joseph Hartwick
Thomas A. Reilly
Associate Producer
Charles H. Joffe
Executive Producer
Susan Bode-Tyson
Set Designer
Jeffrey Kurland
Costume Designer
James J. Sabat
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Patrick
First Assistant Director
Dick Mingalone
Camera Operator
Fern Buchner