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New York Stories (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  10 March 1989 (USA)
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A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three stories.

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Marvin Chatinover ...
Psychiatrist (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Mother (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Lisa (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Molly Regan ...
Sheldon's Secretary (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Ira Wheeler ...
Mr. Bates (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Joan Bud ...
Board Member (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Jessie Keosian ...
Aunt Ceil (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Michael Rizzo ...
Waiter (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
George Schindler ...
Shandu, The Magician (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Bridgit Ryan ...
Rita (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Theater Manager (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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Detective Flynn / Clifford the Doorman / Cop (segments "Life Lessons" - "Life without Zoe" - "Oedipus Wrecks")
Herschel Rosen ...
Store Clerk (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
Lola André ...
Citizen (segment "Oedipus Wrecks")
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A middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12 year old living in a hotel, and a neurotic lawyer with a possessive mother make up three stories.

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One City. Three Stories Tall.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life Lessons  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$10,763,469 (USA)
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Trivia

The three segments, their titles, directors, running times and order are as follows: The first segment is "Life Lessons" by Martin Scorsese, second is "Life Without Zoë" from Francis Coppola and third and last was Woody Allen's "Oedipus Wrecks". At 33 minutes, Francis Ford Coppola's segment is the shortest. Woody Allen's clocks in at 40 minutes, while Martin Scorsese's runs to 45 minutes. See more »

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Lionel Dobie: I have to pick up my sister at the airport. I don't know why she can't take a cab like everybody else.
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Coppola's segment introduces cast and crew members only by their first name during the opening titles. See more »

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Allen's was hilarious, Scorsese's was interesting, Coppola's was unnecessary
14 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"New York Stories" tells three tales of the Big Apple. Martin Scorsese's "Life Lessons" shows artist Lionel Dobie (Nick Nolte) trying to assess his relationships with people, Francis Ford Coppola's "Life without Zoe" shows a very mature girl, and Woody Allen's "Oedipus Wrecks" is about Sheldon Mills (played by Allen himself), a man who quite literally cannot get away from his mother.

I have to say that Scorsese did a very good job looking at troubled relationships, and Allen shows how hard it is to have certain kinds of people as parents (of course he often shows that). But Coppola's segment was so dull that I choose not to even write about it. But don't worry; the movie is overall really good, and we should assume that it really sucks to be Allen's character, given what happens in that segment.


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