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Annie Hall (1977)

Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditzy Annie Hall.

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Woody Allen
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Alvy Singer
Diane Keaton ... Annie Hall
Tony Roberts ... Rob
Carol Kane ... Allison
Paul Simon ... Tony Lacey
Shelley Duvall ... Pam
Janet Margolin ... Robin
Colleen Dewhurst ... Mom Hall
Christopher Walken ... Duane Hall (as Christopher Wlaken)
Donald Symington Donald Symington ... Dad Hall
Helen Ludlam Helen Ludlam ... Grammy Hall
Mordecai Lawner Mordecai Lawner ... Alvy's Dad
Joan Neuman Joan Neuman ... Alvy's Mom (as Joan Newman)
Jonathan Munk Jonathan Munk ... Alvy - Age 9
Ruth Volner Ruth Volner ... Alvy's Aunt
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Storyline

Alvy Singer, a forty year old twice divorced, neurotic, intellectual Jewish New York stand-up comic, reflects on the demise of his latest relationship, to Annie Hall, an insecure, flighty, Midwestern WASP aspiring nightclub singer. Unlike his previous relationships, Alvy believed he may have worked out all the issues in his life through fifteen years of therapy to make this relationship with Annie last, among those issues being not wanting to date any woman that would want to date him, and thus subconsciously pushing those women away. Alvy not only reviews the many ups and many downs of their relationship, but also reviews the many facets of his makeup that led to him starting to date Annie. Those facets include growing up next to Coney Island in Brooklyn, being attracted to the opposite sex for as long as he can remember, and enduring years of Jewish guilt with his constantly arguing parents. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A nervous romance.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

8 December 1977 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos extraños amantes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$39,200,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie that Alvy and Annie originally intend to see, when Annie gets delayed, is Face to Face by Ingmar Bergman. Woody Allen cites Ingmar Bergman as one of his main inspirations. See more »

Goofs

When Annie is driving on the freeway with Alvy, a police cruiser can be seen in the background holding back traffic. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alvy Singer: [addressing the camera] There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly. The... the other important joke, for me, is one that's usually attributed to Groucho Marx; but, I ...
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Crazy Credits

Christopher Walken's name is misspelled in the credits as "Christopher Wlaken". See more »

Alternate Versions

In the beginning of the film, Alvy Singer paraphrases what is ostensibly a quote from comedian Groucho Marx. When the movie was dubbed in socialist Hungary, the quote was instead attributed to Buster Keaton at the strict insistence of the dubbing studio, for fear that audiences might confuse Groucho Marx with philosopher and socialist figure Karl Marx. See more »


Soundtracks

A Hard Way To Go
(1977)
Written by Tim Weisberg (uncredited)
Performed by Tim Weisberg on A&M Records
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A perfect romantic comedy
16 May 2004 | by FilmOtakuSee all my reviews

`Annie Hall', long thought to be Woody Allen's opus, is perhaps a perfect romantic comedy because it not only shows the happy, touching moments of relationships, but also displays the reality of coupling – the occasional waning of interest in one another, the hypercritical moments, etc. It is absolutely brilliantly written; Woody Allen exhibits his usual dry humor and self-deprecation, but also his sensitive, passionate and romantic side. It was because of this film that I fell in love with Woody Allen at the age of twelve (take your cheap shot here) and almost twenty years later he still is that intellectual, bookish and humorous ideal. Diane Keaton was his muse and co-star for this film, and they are perfect counterparts – so much so that their interaction onscreen doesn't seem like viewing two actors in a film, but is a much more voyeuristic experience. Watching `Annie Hall' is like sitting at a bistro table and observing another couple a few tables away, and that is just one of the elements that make this film so endearing. Most people can relate to at least some aspects of Alvy and Annie's relationship, which helps make this film a timeless one.

However, `Annie Hall' is not just a good romantic comedy; it is a film that engages some unusual storytelling techniques. Actors speak directly to the audience, characters interact with strangers on the street who just happen to know the answers to the personal questions posed, there is a brief animation scene, etc. While none of these approaches were new in 1977, their execution was inspired. `Annie Hall' is like a fond memory, or a favorite old song – anytime I have discussed this film with others their smiling expressions are usually tinged with a hint of nostalgia, because one can look back on either their past or current relationship and do what precious few films allow us to do – relate on a personal level.

--Shelly


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