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Crimes and Misdemeanors Movie

80s Film Summary for Crimes and Misdemeanors


An 80’s movie about two married men that face adultery and how they deal with it. One is an ophthalmologist threatened by his mistress, the other one, a frustrated document maker.

Crimes and Misdemeanors DVD


The movie Crimes and Misdemeanors twirls around the stories of two unrelated men. Judah Rosenthal is a man who finds himself involved with Dolores, an airline stewardess. After he ends his relationship with her, she threatens to blackmail him, forcing him to act in a violent manner.

On the other hand, there is Cliff Stern, a document maker in Crimes and Misdemeanors, who falls in love with Halley Reed, a producer. Unfortunately, his new feelings will complicate the life of Cliff in unexpected ways.


Judah Rosenthal - Martin Landau
Cliff Stern - Woody Allen
Dolores Paley - Anjelica Huston
Halley Reed - Mia Farrow
Miriam Rosenthal - Claire Bloom


Up to one third of the movie Crimes and Misdemeanors was discarded by Woody Allen. He rewrote and re-shot all those sequences.

In Crimes and Misdemeanors, the role of Dr. Louis Levy was played by a therapist friend of Woody Allen.

Academy Awards:

Martin Landau won for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for the role of Judah Rosenthal in Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Woody Allen won for Best Director for Crimes and Misdemeanors.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Crimes and Misdemeanors was released to theatres on 10/13/1989 by Orion, and grossed $18,254,702 at the box office in the US.

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