Crimes and Misdemeanors

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: Orion Pictures Corporation
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 21 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

We're all very proud of

Judah Rosenthal's philanthropic efforts.

His endless hours of fundraising

for the hospital, the new medical centre,

and now the ophthalmology wing which,

until this year, had just been a dream.

But it's Judah Rosenthal, our friend,

that we most appreciate.

The husband, the father,

the golf companion.

- Naturally for a medical problem...

- You're blushing, darling.

...weekends or holidays.

But you can also call Judah to find out

which is the best restaurant in Paris.

Or Athens.

Or which hotel to stay at in Moscow.

Or the best recording

of a particular Mozart symphony.

My father is so nervous

about having to get up and speak.

I knew he was nervous when you didn't

eat any of those cocktail weenies.

He was so courageous all week,

then suddenly, tonight, stage fright.

Really, Judah, you were fine

till you got home from work today.

- Any mail?

- It's exactly where I left it this morning.

I haven't had a free second all day.

If you're gonna take a shower, you better

do it, because I have to use it, too.

I dread making that speech tonight.

Dear Miriam Rosenthal.

I'm at the lowest point of my life

as I write you this letter.

I wish to cause no suffering

but, because I'm going through pure hell,

I ask if you can meet me one time.

Your husband and I

are more than intimate friends

and have been deeply in love

for over two years now.

This must be faced, as there are so many

ramifications and complications.

Many promises were made, etc.

I need an open exchange

with you to clear things.

For all three of us to go on,

the situation has got to be

confronted in some fashion.

Please contact me at this number.

I want what's best for everyone.

Dolores Paley.

That the new ophthalmology wing is now

a reality is not just a tribute to me,

but to a spirit of community, generosity,

of mutual caring

and answered prayers.

Now, it's funny I use the term "answered

prayers". You see, I'm a man of science.

I've always been a sceptic.

But I was raised quite religiously.

And while I challenged it, even as a child,

some of that feeling

must have stuck with me.

I remember my father telling me

"The eyes of God are on us always."

The eyes of God.

What a phrase to a young boy.

I mean, what were God's eyes like?

Unimaginably penetrating,

intense eyes, I assumed.

And I wonder if it was just a coincidence

that I made my specialty ophthalmology.

I'm so proud of you, Judah.

Sharon is. We all are.

Let's get one of

Miriam and Judah together.

- Why did you write that letter?

- You know why.

- You wanna destroy my life? My family?

- I want her to know what you're like.

It was lying on the table all day.

By a miracle, I got it first.

You told me over and over again

you'd leave Miriam.

- I didn't!

- You did!

- I gave up business opportunities.

- Pipe dreams.

- And other men wanted me.

- What do you want from me?

- You think this was easy?

- I want what you told me you wanted.

To be together. Otherwise

I don't know what I'll do.

I'll jump out the window, I swear!

You've been my whole life for two years.

I can't go back to the way things were.

I was at a low point when we met.

You changed that.

I never said I'd leave Miriam.

It's wishful thinking.

"There's no passion. It's boring."

Those are your words.

Unless you were lying to me

or there's more to this that I don't know.

- Have you met someone else?

- What? Oh, come on.

- For God's sake, Dolores. Dolores...

- What?

Now, look. I've lived with her 25 years.

The roots are very deep.

I can't go on leading two lives.

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