Crimes and Misdemeanors

1989 PG-13 1h 44m DVD

Crimes and Misdemeanors

1989 PG-13 1h 44m DVD
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Respected ophthalmologist Judah (Martin Landau) faces an ugly dilemma when his mistress (Anjelica Huston) threatens to expose their affair. Meanwhile, married filmmaker Cliff (Woody Allen) falls for a TV producer while shooting a documentary about an arrogant comedian (Alan Alda). Allen's masterful meditation on truth and responsibility, by turns both funny and harrowing, ranks among the finest of the iconic director's work.
Woody Allen, Anjelica Huston, Martin Landau, Bill Bernstein, Claire Bloom, Gregg Edelman, Stephanie Roth, Alan Alda, Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach
Woody Allen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Crimes and Misdemeanors is a 1989 Woody Allen comedy that addresses adultery, murder for hire, betrayal, morality, and the question of whether the universe is guided by a God and differences between good and evil. At the same time, it sends up self-importance in the entertainment industry and glorifies the Golden Age of black-and-white Hollywood film. Adults smoke cigarettes and drink, and there are references to consensual sexual bondage. Expect to hear the word "bulls--t." A woman is murdered by a hired killer; the act is not seen, but her body is later shown (clothed and with some blood). There's a reference to a man defecating on a woman.

Sexual Content

A man complains his marriage has been platonic for a year: "The last time I was inside a woman was when I visited the Statue of Liberty." A married man carries on an affair with a younger woman. A reference to sexual bondage.


A woman is murdered by a hired killer. The act is not seen, but her body is later shown (clothed and with some blood). A reference to a man defecating on a woman.



Social Behavior

The universe is amoral, and many among us who have done terrible things walk around without guilt, rationalizing bad deeds. People need to find joy in the simple things -- family, work, and hope that future generations might understand more about the human condition. People define themselves by the choices they've made in life. Comedy is tragedy plus time.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults smoke cigarettes and drink socially.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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