Annie Hall (1977)
Front Cover Actor
Woody Allen Alvy Singer
Diane Keaton Annie Hall
Tony Roberts Rob
Carol Kane Allison Portchnik
Paul Simon Tony Lacey
Shelley Duvall Pam
Janet Margolin Robin
Colleen Dewhurst Mrs. Hall
Christopher Walken Duane Hall (as Christopher Wlaken)
Donald Symington Mr. Hall
Hy Anzell
Russell Horton
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Romance
Director Woody Allen
Producer Jack Rollins; Fred T. Gallo; Robert Greenhut
Writer Woody Allen; Marshall Brickman
Studio MGM HOME ENT. (EUROPE) LTD.; MGM (Video & DVD)
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 1 hr 33 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Annie Hall is one of the truest, most bittersweet romances on film. In it, Allen plays a thinly disguised version of himself: Alvy Singer, a successful--if neurotic--television comedian living in Manhattan. Annie (the wholesomely luminous Dianne Keaton) is a Midwestern transplant who dabbles in photography and sings in small clubs. When the two meet, the sparks are immediate--if repressed. Alone in her apartment for the first time, Alvy and Annie navigate a minefield of self-conscious "is-this-person-someone-I'd-want-to-get-involved-with?" conversation. As they speak, subtitles flash their unspoken thoughts: the likes of "I'm not smart enough for him" and "I sound like a jerk." Despite all their caution, they connect, and we're swept up in the flush of their new romance. Allen's antic sensibility shines here in a series of flashbacks to Alvy's childhood, growing up, quite literally, under a rumbling roller coaster. His boisterous Jewish family's dinner table shares a split screen with the WASP-y Hall's tight-lipped holiday table, one Alvy has joined for the first time. His position as outsider is uncontestable he looks down the table and sizes up Annie's "Grammy Hall" as "a classic Jew-hater."

The relationship arcs, as does Annie's growing desire for independence. It quickly becomes clear that the two are on separate tracks, as what was once endearing becomes annoying. Annie Hall embraces Allen's central themes--his love affair with New York (and hatred of Los Angeles), how impossible relationships are, and his fear of death. But their balance is just right, the chemistry between Allen's worry-wart Alvy and Keaton's gangly, loopy Annie is one of the screen's best pairings. It couldn't be more engaging. --Susan Benson

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Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 5/27/04
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Owner NF
Links IMDB
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Folder 011
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 2
Screen Ratio 16:9 Wide Screen / 1.85 Wide Screen
1.85:1
UPC 027616655929
Chapters
Release Date 10/7/03
Subtitles Danish; Dutch; English; English for the hearing impaired; Finnish; French; German; German for the hearing impaired; Italian; Norwegian; Polish; Portuguese; Spanish; Swedish
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen Closed-captioned