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      The Purple Rose of Cairo

      PG Released Mar 1, 1985 1h 22m Comedy Drama List
      93% Tomatometer 41 Reviews 88% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Unhappily married Depression-era waitress Cecilia (Mia Farrow) earns the money while her inattentive husband, Monk (Danny Aiello), blows their meager income on getting drunk and gambling. To assuage her loneliness, Cecilia escapes to the picture show and becomes transfixed with the movie "The Purple Rose of Cairo," and especially with its lead character, archeologist Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels). When Tom literally steps off of the screen and into her life, both realities are thrown into chaos. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Lighthearted and sweet, The Purple Rose of Cairo stands as one of Woody Allen's more inventive -- and enchantingly whimsical -- pictures.

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      Terrence Rafferty Sight & Sound Everything in this movie makes heavenly sense. Mar 24, 2020 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Delightful from beginning to end, not only because of the clarity and charm with which Daniels and Farrow explore the problems of their characters, but also because the movie is so intelligent. Rated: 4/4 Jun 21, 2018 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 2/5 Apr 11, 2004 Full Review Sean Burns Crooked Marquee One of the director’s breeziest, most consistently delightful efforts. Until the final scenes sneak up on you. Jun 3, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy When discussing Woody Allen classics, titles like Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters are frequently cited (and rightly so), but where’s the love for The Purple Rose of Cairo, a movie that even Woody himself considers among his top two or three? Rated: 4/4 Feb 15, 2023 Full Review Zita Short InSession Film Mia Farrow delivers one of her most deeply affecting performances in this bittersweet romantic comedy about a Depression-era housewife. Feb 1, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Tom S It's a great film! Very original! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/24 Full Review nick s Has the usual Woody Allen vibe with a lot of rapid fire dialogue and expressive characters. The concept is a bit silly and the story simplistic. But it compensates with high production value - good camera work, acting and directing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/19/24 Full Review J M I don't think I've seen a movie that conveys the sheer joy and magic of cinema in such a simple yet heartfelt manner. This movie is a valentine to all of us who share a passion for the silver screen. It's funny and moving, and like the titular flower, it even feels a little delicate and fragile. Farrow has never been lovelier, and your heart absolutely melts for her. Daniels, replacing Michael Keaton, successfully conveys actor Gil Shepherd and his creation Tom Baxter as two separate entities, which I imagine can be a challenge. Allen's writing is crisp and heartfelt without getting overly sentimental, and the moment when Tom walks off the screen and into Cecelia's life is movie magic. The majority of the laughs come from the co-stars in the film who are left on the screen - some angry, some jealous, all hilarious. A couple of the moments in which Tom adapts to the "real world" feel a bit obvious, including a visit with some prostitutes, but that is a very minor objection to this whimsical fantasy which feels like one of Allen's most personal films. And Farrow is just luminous - particularly during the bittersweet ending that simultaneously puts an arrow through your heart and a knowing smile on your face. - Jeff Marshall, Movie Blogger (Facebook) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/17/24 Full Review M B I'm just not the biggest fan of the whimsical stuff- I don't know why- it's cute and all, and unique- but I like Allen's grounded in somewhat reality films so much more. I didn't like Annie Hall either. Great cast though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/23/24 Full Review Alexsander F Filmes espetacular, brilhante o roteiro de falar de cinema dentro de um filme de cinema, uma sátira essencial! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/12/23 Full Review ed m Sweet, funny movie. Highly original. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Unhappily married Depression-era waitress Cecilia (Mia Farrow) earns the money while her inattentive husband, Monk (Danny Aiello), blows their meager income on getting drunk and gambling. To assuage her loneliness, Cecilia escapes to the picture show and becomes transfixed with the movie "The Purple Rose of Cairo," and especially with its lead character, archeologist Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels). When Tom literally steps off of the screen and into her life, both realities are thrown into chaos.
      Director
      Woody Allen
      Producer
      Robert Greenhut
      Screenwriter
      Woody Allen
      Distributor
      Orion Pictures
      Production Co
      Orion Pictures
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 1, 1985, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 25, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 22m
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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