Crimes and Misdemeanors | 1989

Directed by: Woody Allen

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Main Plot

An ophthalmologist's mistress threatens to reveal their affair to his wife while a married documentary filmmaker is infatuated with another woman.


  • Martin Landau's character in Crimes and Misdemeanors is a successful ophthalmologist who contemplates committing a murder.
  • Woody Allen's character, Cliff Stern, serves as a moral compass and provides comedic relief in the film's complex plot.
  • Bill Bernstein is a successful ophthalmologist who becomes involved in a murder plot orchestrated by his brother-in-law, Judah Rosenthal.


In the ending of Crimes and Misdemeanors, Judah, a successful ophthalmologist, gets away with orchestrating a murder to protect his reputation. Meanwhile, Clifford, a struggling filmmaker, decides not to expose the truth about his brother-in-law's affair and instead chooses to focus on making a documentary about the meaning of life. The film concludes with Judah attending a family wedding, seemingly unburdened by his crimes, while Clifford finds solace in his newfound purpose.

Woody Allen