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Annie Hall (1977)
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Length:1 Hour 33 Minutes
Cast:Woody Allen, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts

Perhaps the most successful and satisfying of all modern romantic comedies, ANNIE HALL is also the definitive Woody Allen movie. Here, more than in any other work, Allen maps out the territory -- the persona, romantic obsessions, and city (New York) -- that he has claimed as his own. He seems to be inventing, as we watch, a new movie language to better chart the peaks and pitfalls of contemporary romance. Diane Keaton's sweetly spacey Annie, the first and best in a long line of Allen's neurotic shiksas, won the actress an Academy Award and jump-started her career (and a fashion trend). Keaton is joined by an amazing cast that includes Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, and Christopher Walken (particularly funny as Annie's intense brother). The movie also garnered Best Picture honors, as well as two Oscars for Allen, Best Director and, with Marshall Brickman, Best Screenplay -- a rare sweep for a comedy and richly deserved. Rachel Saltz

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