Synopsis: Forty-two year old Isaac Davis has a romanticized view of his hometown, New York City, most specifically Manhattan, as channeled through the lead character in the first book he is writing, despite his own Manhattan-based life being more of a tragicomedy. He has just quit his job as a hack writer for a bad television comedy, he, beyond the ten second rush of endorphins during the actual act of quitting, now regretting the decision, especially as he isn't sure he can live off his book writing career. He is paying two alimonies, his second ex-wife, Jill Davis, a lesbian, who is writing her own tell-all book of their acrimonious split. The one somewhat positive aspect of his life is that he is dating a young woman named Tracy, although she is only seventeen and still in high school. Largely because of their differences a big part of which is due to their ages, he does not see a long term future with her. His life has the potential to be even more tragicomical when he meets journalist Mary
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: United Artists
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 21 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

any more about having kids?

Oh, my God. Kids.

Listen, I've gotta get this book

finished. it's never gonna get done.

I've gotta get the money

to get this magazine started, huh?


We always talk about moving to

Connecticut. You could do it there.

- Connecticut.

- Yeah.

I can't go to Connecticut.

It's not practical.

All my stuffs here.

My work's here.

It's just the wrong time.

What about Isaac?

We can't abandon him, you know?

He can't function anywhere

other than New York, you know that.

Very Freudian.


Are you writing a book

on our marriage?

Leave me alone.

- Are you writing about our break-up?

- We've said all that needs to be said.

I know you are because

I have a friend at Random House.

- I'm free to do as I please.

- Yeah, but this affects me.

So you're gonna tell everybody

everything? Our life, our sexual life?

Do you spy on me?

No. I was at a party and a guy said

he read an advance chapter...

...of a book my wife was writing,

and it was hot stuff. He said that!

- I spilled wine on my pants.

- I don't care to discuss it.

- You won't discuss it. How's Willie?

- Fine.

Well, give me some details. Does he

play baseball? Wear dresses? What?

He doesn't wear dresses.

You'll find out the details

when it's your turn to see him.

Don't write this book.

It's a humiliating experience.

It's an honest account of our break-up.

Jesus, everybody that knows us

is gonna know everything.

Look at you. You're so threatened.

I'm not threatened because I was not

the immoral, psychotic, promiscuous one.

I hope I didn't leave out anything.

Are you telling me that... that I'm...

that you had three affairs before me?

That's really hard to believe.

It's mind-boggling.

When I was your age, I was still being

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