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The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

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In New Jersey in 1935, a movie character walks off the screen and into the real world.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Farrow ... Cecilia
Jeff Daniels ... Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd
Danny Aiello ... Monk
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... Theater Manager
Stephanie Farrow Stephanie Farrow ... Cecilia's Sister
David Kieserman David Kieserman ... Diner Boss
Elaine Grollman Elaine Grollman ... Diner Patron
Victoria Zussin Victoria Zussin ... Diner Patron
Mark Hammond Mark Hammond ... Diner Patron
Wade Barnes Wade Barnes ... Diner Patron
Joseph G. Graham Joseph G. Graham ... Diner Patron
Don Quigley Don Quigley ... Diner Patron
Maurice Brenner Maurice Brenner ... Diner Patron
Paul Herman ... Penny Pitcher
Rick Petrucelli Rick Petrucelli ... Penny Pitcher
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Storyline

Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey during the Depression and is searching for an escape from her dreary life. Tom Baxter is a dashing young archaeologist in the film "The Purple Rose of Cairo." After losing her job Cecilia goes to see the film in hopes of raising her spirits. Much to her surprise Tom Baxter walks off the screen and into her life. There's only one problem..Tom isn't real. Meanwhile Hollywood is up in arms when they dicover that other Tom Baxters are trying to leave the screen in other theatres. Will Tom ever return and finish the film or will he decide to stay in the real world? Written by Ricky Darbonne <nsdar8115@alpha.nsula.edu>

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She's finally met the man of her dreams. He's not real but you can't have everything. [Video]


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Purple Rose of Cairo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,095, 3 March 1985

Gross USA:

$10,631,333

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,631,333
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Viggo Mortensen was cast for a small speaking role in the Hollywood party scene. He was given no script or instructions, and improvised a joke when the cameras rolled. Woody Allen laughed and appeared to love it, but ultimately dropped it from the final version. Mortensen found out when he watched the movie along with the family and friends who came to see his big scene. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in 1935, the "inner" film has no specific date so the reference to the Copacobana Club, which opened in 1940, could simply be forward thinking by the director of the inner film. Also Tom remarks in New York that 24 hours previously he was in Egypt. It would be many years after 1935 that he could have done that journey so quickly by air. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Theater Manager: Oh Cecilia, be careful! You all right?
Cecilia: Yeah.
Theater Manager: You're gonna like this one, it's better than last week's, more romantic.
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Crazy Credits

Alexander Cohen's name is listed as "Alexander H. Cohen" in the opening credits, although the middle initial is dropped in the end credits. See more »

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One Day at a Time
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Written by Dick Hyman
Sung by Karen Akers twice
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User Reviews

One of his Great Ones
25 July 2002 | by drosse67See all my reviews

A movie I like to recommend to people who really dislike Woody Allen (because of his on-screen characters or off-screen life). And I usually get positive feedback.....he does not appear in this movie, and that makes sense because there really are no characters he could play in The Purple Rose of Cairo. It is a hugely entertaining movie--one of his best. Sharp, hilarious, and poignant. And anyone who can keep a dry eye for that ending must be a machine. This is the movie where Jeff Daniels really gets to strut his best comic stuff. He's always been underrated in my opinion. He's terrific at playing the "Everyman," but in Allen's movie he has a duel role--the clueless movie hunk who leaps off the screen to be with Mia Farrow, and the frustrated actor who plays him. Farrow is also good, back to playing mousey after her bold turn in Broadway Danny Rose. I really can't say enough about this. I would rank it as his best film of the '80s. I never get tired of watching it. I don't like using this adjective, but it seems to fit the movie....it is magical.


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