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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 3 November 1989 (USA)
An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife, while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated by another woman.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Bill Bernstein ...
Testimonial Speaker
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Miriam Rosenthal
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Sharon Rosenthal (as Stephanie Roth)
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Chris
George J. Manos ...
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Jenny Nichols ...
Jenny
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Wendy Stern
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Lester
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Ben
Zina Jasper ...
Carol
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Judah's Secretary
Joel Fogel ...
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Judah Rosenthal is an ophthalmologist and a pillar of the community who has a big problem: his mistress Dolores Paley has told him that he is to leave his wife and marry her - as he had promised to do - or she will tell everyone of their affair. When he intercepts a letter Dolores has written to his wife Miriam, he is frantic. He confesses all to his shady brother Jack who assures him that he has friends who can take care of her. Meanwhile, filmmaker Cliff Stern is having his own problems. He's been working on a documentary film for some time but has yet to complete it. He and his wife Wendy have long ago stopped loving one another and are clearly on their way to divorce. He falls in love with Halley Reed who works with a producer, Lester. Cliff soon finds himself making a documentary about Lester and hates every minute of it. Written by garykmcd

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A film about humanity.

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Comedy | Drama

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3 November 1989 (USA)  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$18,254,702 (USA)
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Daryl Hannah: Uncredited, as Lisa Crosley. See more »

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(at around 1h 30 mins) While they are celebrating at the wedding party the theme "Crazy Rhythm" is been played by the jazz orchestra, a muted trumpet can be heard but the trumpet player isn't using one. See more »

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Testimonial Speaker: We're all very proud of Judah Rosenthal's philanthropic efforts. His endless hours of fund raising for the hospital, the new medical center, and now, the ophthalmology wing, which until this year had just been a dream. But it's due to Rosenthal our friend that we most appreciate. The husband, the father, the golf companion. Naturally if you have a medical problem you can call Judah...
Miriam Rosenthal: You're blushing darling.
Testimonial Speaker: ...day or night, weekends or holidays. But you can also call Judah to ...
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Referenced in Charmed: Crimes & Witch Demeanors (2004) See more »

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Dancing on the Ceiling
(1930)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Bernie Leighton
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A perfect film
30 August 2005 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Not much has to be said. This is an outstanding film, possibly one of the best films I have ever seen. All performances are perfect. Half drama, half comedy, and that very well done. It has deep thoughts about quilt and mistakes, lots of truth about relationships. It has laughs and a perfect ending. Every time I watch this film I just want to sit down and write, just write something interesting to leave behind. The film is already 16 yrs old and you wont notice that at all, it's one of those films that never age. I would recommend this movie to anyone who doesn't want to spend another two hours of his life watching yet another Hollywood crap.


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