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With: Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Edward Herrmann, Van Johnson, Dianne Wiest
Written by: Woody Allen
Directed by: Woody Allen
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 84
Date: 03/01/1985

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) cooks up a weird but wistful look at movies during the depression when a character in a black-and-white movie (Jeff Daniels) falls in love with an audience member (Mia Farrow) and walks out of the screen to be with her. The real actor (also played by Daniels) later shows up to complicate matters. The screenplay was nominated for an Oscar. Allen has said that this is his favorite of his films. It was his second film (after Interiors) in which he does not appear.

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