Crimes and Misdemeanors

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Released 1989

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Crimes and Misdemeanors

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Director:
Woody Allen
Released:
1989
Rating:
PG-13
Crimes and Misdemeanors is a black comedy about the moral compromises that people will make in order to find happiness. Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) is a successful doctor and family man. What no one knows, however, is that he also has a mistress named Dolores (Anjelica Huston) who is growing increasingly unstable. When Judah tries to end the relationship, Dolores threatens to expose their affair to his family. Unsure of what to do, Judah confesses the affair to his brother, Jack (Jerry Orbach) who offers to have some of his mob friends "take care" of Dolores. At the same time, Cliff Stern (Woody Allen) is torn over the documentary he is making about his wife's arrogant brother, Lester (Alan Alda). Not only does he despise Lester, but he is also falling in love with Lester's assistant Halley (Mia Farrow). As Judah agonizes over his role in the death of Dolores, Cliff feels terrible about his feelings for Halley. As Crimes and Misdemeanors shows us, however, feeling guilty about something doesn't necessarily prevent you from doing it.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Mr. Allen's most securely serious and funny film to date.

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    In the world of this film, conventional piety is overturned and we see into the soul of a human monster.

  • 70

    Variety

    Alda is perfect casting as a successful TV comedy producer, whose pompous attitude and easy romantic victories with women (including Farrow) exasperate Allen.

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