"Poignant, penetrating [and] scathingly hilarious" ('Long Beach Press Telegram'), 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' is a deftly rendered tale about the complexity of human choices and the moral microcosms they represent. Showcasing Allen's brilliant grasp of the link between the funny and the fatal, his 19th movie, 'Crimes and Misdemeanors', is "one of the watershed films of his career" ('Los Angeles Times'). Cliff Stern (Woody Allen) is an idealistic filmmaker... until he's offered a lucrative job shooting a flattering profile of a pompous TV producer (Alan Alda). Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) is the pillar of his community... until he learns that his ex-mistress (Anjelica Huston) plans to expose his financial and extramarital misdeeds. As Cliff chooses between integrity and selling out, and Judah decides between the counsel of his rabbi (Sam Waterson) and the murderous advice of his mobster brother (Jerry Orbach), each man must examine his own morality, and make an irrevocable decision -- that will change everyone's lives forever.

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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

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Drama/Comedy · 1h 44m · 10/12/1989

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A film about humanity.

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"Poignant, penetrating [and] scathingly hilarious" ('Long Beach Press Telegram'), 'Crimes and Misdemeanors' is a deftly rendered tale about the complexity of human choices and the moral microcosms they represent. Showcasing Allen's brilliant grasp of the link between the funny and the fatal, his 19th movie, 'Crimes and Misdemeanors', is "one of the watershed films of his career" ('Los Angeles Times'). Cliff Stern (Woody Allen) is an idealistic filmmaker... until he's offered a lucrative job shooting a flattering profile of a pompous TV producer (Alan Alda). Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) is the pillar of his community... until he learns that his ex-mistress (Anjelica Huston) plans to expose his financial and extramarital misdeeds. As Cliff chooses between integrity and selling out, and Judah decides between the counsel of his rabbi (Sam Waterson) and the murderous advice of his mobster brother (Jerry Orbach), each man must examine his own morality, and make an irrevocable decision -- that will change everyone's lives forever.

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Status

Released

Languages

English, Hebrew

Country

United States

Production Company

Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions

Budget

$19,000,000

Revenue

$18,254,702
Part Of
Cast
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Bill Bernstein

Testimonial Speaker
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Martin Landau

Judah Rosenthal
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Claire Bloom

Miriam Rosenthal
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Stephanie Roth Haberle

Sharon Rosenthal (as Stephanie Roth)
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Gregg Edelman

Chris
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George J. Manos

Photographer (as George Manos)
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Anjelica Huston

Dolores Paley
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Woody Allen

Cliff Stern
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Jenny Nichols

Jenny
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Joanna Gleason

Wendy Stern
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Alan Alda

Lester
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Sam Waterston

Ben
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Zina Jasper

Carol
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Dolores Sutton

Judah's Secretary
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Joel Fogel

T.V. Producer (as Joel S. Fogel)
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Donna Castellano

T.V. Producer
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Thomas Crowe

T.V. Producer (as Thomas P. Crow)
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Mia Farrow

Halley Reed
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Martin S. Bergmann

Prof. Louis Levy
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Caroline Aaron

Barbara
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Kenny Vance

Murray
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Jerry Orbach

Jack Rosenthal
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Jerry Zaks

Man on Campus
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Barry Finkel

T.V. Writer
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Steve Maidment

T.V. Writer
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Nadia Sanford

Alva
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Chester Malinowski

Hit Man
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Stanley Reichman

Chris's Father
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Rebecca Schull

Chris's Mother
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David S. Howard

Sol Rosenthal
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Garrett Simowitz

Young Judah
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Frances Conroy

House Owner
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Anna Berger

Aunt May
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Sol Frieder

Seder Guest
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Justin Zaremby

Seder Guest
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Marvin Terban

Seder Guest
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Hy Anzell

Seder Guest
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Sylvia Kauders

Seder Guest
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Victor Argo

Detective
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Lenore Loveman

Wedding Guest
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Nora Ephron

Wedding Guest
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Sunny Keyser

Wedding Guest
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Merv Bloch

Wedding Guest
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Nancy Arden

Wedding Guest
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Thomas L. Bolster

Wedding Guest
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Myla Pitt

Wedding Guest
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Robin Bartlett

Wedding Guest
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Grace Phillips

Bride (as Grace Zimmerman)
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Randy Aaron Fink

Groom
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Joel Y. Zion

Rabbi (as Rabbi Joel Zion)
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Major Halley Jr.

Jazz Band
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Walt Levinsky

Jazz Band (as Walter Levinsky)
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George Masso

Jazz Band
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Charles Miles

Jazz Band
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Derek Smith

Jazz Band
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Warren Vaché

Jazz Band
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Pete Antell

Wedding Band
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Anthony Gorruso

Wedding Band
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Gary Allen Meyers

Wedding Band
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Lee Musiker

Wedding Band
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Tony Sotos

Wedding Band
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Tony Tedesco

Wedding Band
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Nancy Cohen

Kathy - Makeup Person (uncredited)
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Marilyn Dobrin

Theater Popcorn Vendor (uncredited)
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Avner Eisenberg

Brother-in-law (uncredited)
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Matthew T. Gitkin

Cliff's Assistant (uncredited)
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Daryl Hannah

Lisa Crosley (uncredited)
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Wanda Toscanini Horowitz

Herself (uncredited)
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Peter Kalin

Fantasy Focus During Dance Sequence (uncredited)
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Fred Melamed

The Dean (uncredited)
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Benito Mussolini

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Mercedes Ruehl

Party Guest (uncredited)
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Maggie Wagner

Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Crew
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Woody Allen

Director
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Woody Allen

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Crimes and Misdemeanors

(DVD)

11/5/1997

Disc Title Front Cover

Crimes and Misdemeanors

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

6/5/2001

Disc Title Front Cover

Crimes and Misemeanors

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

6/5/2001

Disc Title Front Cover

Crimes and Misdemeanors

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (Std.))

2/11/2014

Disc Title Front Cover

Crimes and Misdemeanors

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

10/25/2022

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