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4,835 Ratings

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Directed by Woody Allen
United States, 1989
Comedy, Drama, Crime

Synopsis

A renowned opthalmologist is desperate to cut off an adulterous relationship…which ends up in murder; and a frustrated documentary filmmaker woos an attractive television producer while making a film about her insufferably self-centered boss.

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Crimes and Misdemeanors Directed by Woody Allen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1990 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

National Board of Review

1989 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

Writers Guild of America

1990 | Winner: Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Deftly juggling grim moral urgency and comic self-flagellation, the director’s rejoinder to Dostoyevsky gazes no less deeply into the darkest recesses of human nature. A fable about the need for fables, it remains one of the director’s most humane works and perhaps his most chilling.
January 21, 2015
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Featuring one of the finest casts Mr. Allen has ever assembled, “Crimes and Misdemeanors” has novelistic richness in delineating character — so much so that, at 104 minutes, the narrative feels squeezed. (I would have welcomed another half-hour.) The cinematic texture is unusually complex as well. Mr. Allen effects some startling juxtapositions, as when a hit man stalks his prey to a Schubert quartet.
March 14, 2014
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For Crimes and Misdemeanors, Woody Allen devised a gimmicky but commanding two-for-one deal for his fans. Within one alternating bifurcated narrative, you get to see one of the director’s stark, overtly symbolic morality dramas as well as one of his comparatively fizzier self-conscious romantic dramadies.
February 16, 2014
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