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New York, New York

New York, New York(1977)

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  • Originally four and a half hours long. Director Martin Scorsese cut it to 153 minutes, then to 136 minutes. In 1981 some material (mainly the 'Happy Endings' sequence) was restored and the film became 163 minutes long.
  • The added "Happy Endings" musical fantasy cost an extra $350,000 to make.
  • When Robert de Niro tries to book into a hotel, he uses the name of 'Powell, Michael' . Michael Powell had long been an influence on director Martin Scorsese.
  • Much of the movie was shot on the same soundstages as the great musicals of the 1940's. As a result, Liza Minnelli was haunted by memories of her mother, 'Garland, Judy' , throughout the shoot.
  • Robert De Niro learned to play the saxophone for this film to make his performance look more authentic.

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