A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
|A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy|
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|Directed by||Woody Allen|
|Produced by||Robert Greenhut|
|Written by||Woody Allen|
|Edited by||Susan E. Morse|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
The plot is loosely based on Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night. This was the first of 13 movies that Allen would make starring Mia Farrow. Farrow's role was originally written for another Allen lead actress, Diane Keaton, but she was busy promoting her film Reds and preparing to begin production on Shoot the Moon. It also marks the first appearance of Allen as an ensemble performer in his own film, as previously he had either been the lead character or did not appear in his films.
The film was nominated for one Razzie Award: Worst Actress, for Mia Farrow – the only time a Woody Allen film has been nominated for a Razzie.
It is the early 1900s. Distinguished philosopher Leopold (Ferrer) and his much younger fiancée, Ariel (Farrow), are going to spend a weekend in the country with Leopold's cousin Adrian (Steenburgen) and her crackpot inventor husband Andrew (Allen). Also on the guest list is womanizing doctor Maxwell (Roberts) and his latest girlfriend, free-thinking nurse, Dulcy (Hagerty). Over the course of the weekend, old romances reignite, new romances develop, and everyone ends up sneaking off behind everyone else's backs.
- Woody Allen as Andrew
- Mia Farrow as Ariel
- José Ferrer as Leopold
- Julie Hagerty as Dulcy
- Tony Roberts as Maxwell
- Mary Steenburgen as Adrian
- Adam Redfield as Student Foxx
- Moishe Rosenfeld as Mr. Hayes
- Timothy Jenkins as Mr. Thomson
- Michael Higgins as Reynolds
- Sol Frieder as Carstairs
- Boris Zoubok as Purvis
The film opened on July 16, 1982 at 501 North American theaters, and made $2,514,478 ($5,018 per screen) in its opening weekend. It grossed $9,077,269 in its entire run.
- Vermilye, Jerry (2002). Ingmar Bergman: His Life and Films. McFarland. p. 91. ISBN 0786411600. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
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