Film / Manhattan Murder Mystery

Woody Allen's 22nd feature film as director, released in 1993. He also starred and co-wrote.

The plot revolves around Larry and Carole Lipton (Allen and Diane Keaton respectively), a well-to-do middle-aged couple living in an apartment building in Manhattan. One night, they by chance happen to stumble across their new neighbours, Paul and Lilian House, in the corridor of their building and, after introductions, the two couples spend a very pleasant evening getting to know each other. The next night, however, tragedy strikes when Lilian House dies very suddenly. Carole becomes suspicious and soon gets it into her head that Paul has murdered his wife. Much to her husband's exasperation, she begins an unofficial investigation, which ropes in their mutual friends Ted (Alan Alda) and mystery novelist Marcia (Anjelica Huston).

  • Alliterative Title
  • Amateur Sleuth: Carole Jumps At The Call to become this. Larry is a lot more reluctant.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Larry, despite having rubbished Carole's suspicions, gets involved in the investigation in part because he's jealous about how close Carole and Ted seem to be getting. Carole in turn gets a bit of this when she thinks that Marcia is putting the moves on Larry.
  • Happily Married: The Liptons, although at the beginning of the movie their marriage has fallen into a bit of a rut. Their adventure gives it a much needed spark.
  • Reality Subtext: The movie was made in the aftermath of Allen's well-documented split from Mia Farrow, which gave the depiction of the Happily Married Liptons some subtext.