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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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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La rosa púrpura del 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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Trivia

The film was inspired by a number of influences. These were Buster Keaton's 1924 silent comedy Sherlock Jr. (1924), the 1941 comedy Hellzapoppin' (1941), Federico Fellini's The White Sheik (1952) and Luigi Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author". See more »

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As Cecilia and Gil play and sing in the music store, the camera casts a shadow in the lower left that disappears as it pulls back to a wide angle shot. 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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Soundtracks

Cheek to Cheek
(1935)
Written by Irving Berlin
Vocal by Fred Astaire
Played during the opening credits and
In clip from Top Hat (1935) at the end
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Another Overlooked Gem from Woody Allen
21 December 2005 | by ijonesiiiSee all my reviews

THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO is a lovely, funny, and heartbreaking entry from Woody Allen that still remains one of my favorites. This romantic fantasy tickles your funny bone and tugs at your heartstrings at the same time and I go through a myriad of emotions whenever I watch it. Mia Farrow stars as Celia, a depression era housewife, trapped in a dead end marriage to a pig (Danny Aiello) whose only escape comes from going to the movies. She goes to see the movie of the title several times and then at one show, the main character in the movie (played by Jeff Daniels)speaks to Celia directly from the screen saying, "You must really love this movie, don't you?" The character then walks off the screen and into Celia's life, claiming that he loves her and wants to be with her forever. Meanwhile, the actors in the movie on the screen are stuck and don't know what to do because they can't finish the movie without Daniels' character and they are seen conversing with each other about what to do and to the audience in the theater, who for some reason, sit and watch the actors on the screen trying to figure out what to do. Further complications arrive when the character starts walking off the screen in other theaters around the country and the actor who played the character (also Daniels) arrives in town to try to convince his character to go back in the movie. Woody doesn't delve into the territory of fantasy too much, but this one totally works with one of his most intelligent screenplays and winning performances from Farrow and Daniels and the ending is a heartbreaker. A must-see.


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