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New York, New York (1977)

PG | | Drama, Music, Musical | 21 June 1977 (USA)
An egotistical saxophonist and a young singer meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long, up-hill climb.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Earl Mac Rauch (screenplay), Mardik Martin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liza Minnelli ... Francine Evans
Robert De Niro ... Jimmy Doyle
Lionel Stander ... Tony Harwell
Barry Primus ... Paul Wilson
Mary Kay Place ... Bernice Bennett
Georgie Auld Georgie Auld ... Frankie Harte
George Memmoli ... Nicky
Dick Miller ... Palm Club Owner
Murray Moston Murray Moston ... Horace Morris
Leonard Gaines Leonard Gaines ... Artie Kirks (as Lenny Gaines)
Clarence Clemons ... Cecil Powell
Kathi McGinnis Kathi McGinnis ... Ellen Flannery
Norman Palmer Norman Palmer ... Desk Clerk
Adam David Winkler Adam David Winkler ... Jimmy Doyle Jr.
Dimitri Logothetis ... Desk Clerk
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Storyline

The day WWII ends, Jimmy, a selfish and smooth-talking musician, meets Francine, a lounge singer. From that moment on, their relationship grows into love as they struggle with their careers and aim for the top. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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A love story is like a song. It's beautiful while it lasts. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Musical

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York, New York See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,400,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1981 re-issue) | (re-cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Irwin Winkler said that during filming, Robert De Niro would constantly be walking around with a copy of the book "Raging Bull". Raging Bull (1980) became the next film that De Niro and Martin Scorsese made together. It was also produced by Winkler and Robert Chartoff. See more »

Goofs

During the VJ dance sequence when Jimmy (DeNiro) is initially trying to pick up Francine (Minnelli), the cherry in her drink disappears (when she eats it in one shot) but then reappears in her drink only to disappear in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Francine: That was it! That was you proposal, get your coat on, put your shoes on, lets go, lets go, lets go, that was it!
Jimmy: Whats wrong with that?
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 153 minutes, then cut to 136 minutes and finally re-released in 1981 in a 164-minutes special edition with restored material, including the complete musical number "Happy Endings," which was seen in a much shorter version in the originally released version of the film. See more »

Connections

References West Side Story (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

But the World Goes 'Round
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Performed by Liza Minnelli (uncredited)
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Does Marty love 'em or hate 'em?
1 November 2004 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

There *are* things to love in NYNY. But over and over again I kept coming back to this thought: does director Martin Scorsese (a genius storyteller) really love musicals, or is he, in fact, satirizing them here? I can't find any other explanation for the creation of a leading character (DeNiro) so self-absorbed, rude, brutish, and jealous of his future wife's (Minnelli) growing fame, while at the same time trying so hard to establish his own fortune with a tenor sax. It's like there's a highly pitched voice of reason trying to remind the audience that in real life, people aren't so happy as they always seem to be in musicals. I know everyone doesn't love (some of you proudly hate) musicals, but usually one can find something redeeming in the characters who populate the stories. For 2 1/2 hours of film, we are presented with a love story which borders on spousal abuse, and somehow be expected to care about the husband. It doesn't work. And yet, Scorsese bends over backward to recreate the 1940's musical/big band atmosphere, from Hawaiian shirts and two-tone spectator shoes to sumptuous big band pieces, not to mention a charming pair of dancers (channeling Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen?) spotted on a subway ledge or a sultry torch singer in a Harlem nightclub (a cameoed Diahnne Abbott, whose 11th-hour performance of 'Honeysuckle Rose' tips a well-fitted hat to Billie Holiday). One critic seemed to personally resent the channeling of mother Garland through daughter Minnelli (particularly in the supper club where the title song is stunningly performed with all guns blazing), but I think that was very much on purpose. Even though she got much bigger acclaim for "Cabaret," I think Minnelli reached the peak of her musical talents in this film. I loved her. I just didn't love them, and unfortunately, that kept me from loving the whole project. Watch it on DVD, and skip to your favorite parts.


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