Crimes and Misdemeanors follows two main characters: Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau), a successful ophthalmologist, and Cliff Stern (Woody Allen), a struggling documentary filmmaker. Judah is having an affair with a flight attendant, Dolores Paley (Anjelica Huston). Complications arise when Dolores decides to tell Judahs wife about the affair. When Doloras writes a letter to Judah’s wife Judah intercepts the note and destroys it. Dolores turns up the heat, threatening to ruin his life by reveling Judah’s other secrets and financial discrepancies. Desperate, a hit man is hired to kill Dolores by Judah’s brother Jack (Jerry Orbach). As Judah cleans up any traces of their affair he is struck with guilt and devotes himself to religion and to God.
Meanwhile, Cliff is busy dealing with his own problems. After being hired by Lester (Alan Alda), to film a documentary all about how wonderful Lester thinks he is, Cliff realizes how little he can handle and begins to hate everything about Lester. Cliffs only solace comes from his budding relationship with Halley (Mia Farrow), the associate producer of the documentary. At the time, Cliff is upset about his failing marriage to his wife Wendy (Joanna Gleason). After the not-so-complimentary documentary is made, Halley leaves for London, where Lester is offering her a producing job. When she returns several months later, Cliff finds out that she and Lester are engaged.
Martin Landau, an accomplished Oscar-winning actor plays Judah. Landau is best known for his roles in The X-files, Sleepy Hollow, The Joy Riders, Shiner, The Majestic, Hollywood Homicide, Entourage, Without a Trace, In Plain Sight, Intersection, The Neon Empire, Empire State, Treasure Island, and many other films and television shows.
Mia Farrow, who plays Halley, has starred in many of Woody Allen’s films, such as Rosemary’s Baby, A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy, Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, New York Stories, and Husbands and Wives. She is also known for movies like The Great Gatsby, The Omen, and Be Kind Rewind.
Alan Alda, who plays Lester, is well known for his roll in the 70’s television series, M*A*S*H, as Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce. He can also be seen in films such as Flirting with Disaster, Everyone Says I Love You, Murder at 1600, What Women Want, and The Aviator.
Finally, Woody Allen plays Cliff. Allen is an American film director, writer, playwright, actor, comedian and musician who has been an important figure in Hollywood. Born in New York City on December 1st 1935, Woody was raised in a middle-class family, and was actually named Allan Stewart Konigsberg. Manhattan is said to be Woody Allen’s playground. He has directed and written countless films that have been filmed here in wonderful New York.
On the Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour, you’ll get to see the famous Tavern on the Green where Lester offers Cliff a directing job. This location was also used for numerous other New York Films. Book this private tour today, and enjoy a tour of sites from all your favorite classic New York Movies.
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