The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Woody Allen blurs the the boundaries between the real and unreal in this unique comic fantasy. The scene is a small town in the mid-1930s. Trapped in a dead-end job and an abusive marriage, Cecelia (Mia Farrow) regularly seeks refuge in the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lighthearted and sweet, The Purple Rose of Cairo stands as one of Woody Allen's more inventive -- and enchantingly whimsical -- pictures.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a sweet, lyrically funny, multi- layered work that again demonstrates that Woody Allen is our premier film maker who, standing something over 5 feet tall in his sneakers, towers above all others.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In NJ, anything can happen!

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Weird but wistful.

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Rafael Paz
Butaca Ancha

It is one of Allen's deepest reflections on the seventh art and its function as an escape from our harsh reality. [Full review in Spanish]

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Whimsical Woody Allen love note to '30s films.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

sublimely engaging

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

When discussing Woody Allen masterpieces, titles like Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters are frequently cited (and rightly so), but where's the love for The Purple Rose of Cairo, a movie that even Woody himself considers among his top two or three?

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Emanuel Levy

Woody Allen's bittersweet comedy about the magical allure of movies in the Depression era was nominated for Original Screenplay Oscar, but it's premise is smiliar to that of Buster Keaton's 1924 silent.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Classic Woody. A great cast and a great story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Classic and classy Woody Allen. Tom Baxter, an adventurous movie character steps off the screen to woo Cecilia, a starry-eyed, Depression-era waitress and… More
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Funny, charming and lighter than air, The Purple Rose of Cairo is the quintessential Woody Allen comedy. As per usual, the cast is a delight: a perfectly cast… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I just met a wonderful new man. He's fictional but you can't have everything."</i> In 1930s New Jersey, a movie character… More
Ken Stachnik
Super cute and bitter sweet.
Kevin M. Williams
One Allen film w/o himself or one of his numerous doppelgangers, which is a clue that here is a subject that is finally larger than Allen: his love of movies,… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Cinema seen as a confessional booth where one can atone sins or ease sorrow but only to face reality once the show is over. Cecilia (A lovely Mia Farrow)… More

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