In the thick of a midlife crisis, television writer Isaac Davis (Woody Allen) finds himself torn between the sweet but far too young Tracy (Mariel Hemingway, who received an Oscar nod for the role) and his best friend's mistress, Mary (Diane Keaton). Shot in black and white and in wide-screen format -- both firsts for director Allen -- this film is as much a paean to the city he calls home as it is a tale of Davis's romantic foibles.
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Allen serves up a nostalgia that was utterly of its time; he incarnates an idea of the city that, even now, remains as strong as its reality and refracts his disappointed ideals into high existential crises.
Richard Brody, New Yorker  full review
Manhattan is not just Woody Allen's dream movie. Wistful as it is witty, it's his dream of the movies.
J. Hoberman, Village Voice  full review
Allen has, in black and white, captured the inner beauty that lurks behind the outer layer of dirt and grime in Manhattan.
Variety Staff, Variety  full review
Woody Allen's great leap forward into character development and dramatic integrity.
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader  full review
Mr. Allen's progress as one of our major filmmakers is proceeding so rapidly that we who watch him have to pause occasionally to catch our breath.
Vincent Canby, New York Times  full review
If Manhattan was only a romantic comedy, it would be a very good one, but the fact that the movie has so much more ambition than the 'average' entry into the genre makes it an extraordinary example of the fusion of entertainment and art.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
Seeing it again I realize it's more subtle, more complex, and not about love, but loss.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
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  • Release Year: 1979
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Available From: Nov 01, 2012
  • Queued by: 1376 people
Directed By
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Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Meryl Streep, Mariel Hemingway, Anne Byrne

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