A classic Woody Allen film, the 1979 movie, Manhattan, is the romantic comedy for city lovers. Taking its name from the city it was shot in, Manhattan stands as the backdrop for the whole movie. Don’t miss locations from this classic on the TCM Classic Film Tour.
Woody Allen plays Isaac, a sarcastic, slightly pessimestic man who is unhappy with his job and has just divorced his wife, Jill, played by Meryl Streep. He is now dating a high school student, Tracy. When he meets his best friend’s mistress, Mary (played by Diane Keaton), and their relationship evolves, Isaac finds himself in worse and worse situations. As the story unravels, Yale, Isaac’s best friend decides to stop seeing Mary and encourages Isaac to see her. They date, but in the end, Yale and Mary are back together and Isaac decides that his “reason to live” is “Tracy’s face.” However, unlike Yale and Mary, Isaac’s love story with Tracy is left uncertain.
Manhattan won BAFTA’s for Best Film and Best Screenplay. The film is a bit unusual in that it does not have opening credits. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton were also in Annie Hall together just two years prior to Manhattan.
While best known for his romantic comedies of Annie Hall and Manhattan, Woody Allen has amassed a long list of classic favorites, such as Hannah and her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanors,Mighty Aphrodite, Bullets Over Broadway, Husbands and Wives, and New York Stories, among others. He has won three Oscars, along with numerous other awards throughout the years.
Co-star Diane Keaton is a household name who has played in films such as Mad Money, Because I Said So, The Family Stone, Something’s Gotta Give, Look Who’s Talking Now, Father of the Bride, The Good Mother, Crimes of the Heart, Annie Hall, The Godfather,and Sleeper, among others. Meryl Streep, who plays Isaacs ex-wife, has been seen in movies like Doubt, Mama Mia!, The Devil Wears Prada, The Manchurian Candidate, and The Hours.
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