Melinda and Melinda


1h 39m 2004

Brief Synopsis

Over a meal in a Chinese restaurant, Sy poses a conundrum to his fellow diners: Is the essence of life comic or tragic? For the sake of argument, he tells a story, which the others then embellish to illustrate their takes on life. The story starts as follows: A young Manhattan couple, Park Avenue pr

Film Details

Also Known As
Melinda och Melinda, Untitled (Woody Allen Fall 2003 Project)
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
2004
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Synopsis

Over a meal in a Chinese restaurant, Sy poses a conundrum to his fellow diners: Is the essence of life comic or tragic? For the sake of argument, he tells a story, which the others then embellish to illustrate their takes on life. The story starts as follows: A young Manhattan couple, Park Avenue princess Laurel and tippling actor Lee, throw a dinner party to impress Lee's would-be producer when their long-lost friend Melinda appears at their front door, bedraggled and woebegone. In the tragic version of what happens next, the beautiful intruder is a disturbed woman who got bored with her Midwestern doctor-husband and dumped him for a photographer. Her husband took the children away and she spiraled into a suicidal depression that landed her straight-jacketed in a mental ward. In the comic version, Melinda is childless and a downstairs neighbor to the dinner hosts, who are ambitious indie filmmaker Susan and under-employed actor Hobie. Back and forth the stories go, contrasting the destinies of the two Melindas.

Crew

Tom Adair

Song

Michael Adkins

Wardrobe Supervisor

Woody Allen

Screenplay

Sarah Allentuch

Assistant

Gary Alper

Sound Mixer

Coll Anderson

Foley Editor

Letty Aronson

Producer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Music

Abby Bailey

Assistant Production Accountant

Matt Balzarini

Assistant Camera

Daniela Barbosa

Set Production Assistant

David E Baron

Assistant Camera

Julia Barraclough

Scenic Artist

Michael Barry

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Bela Bartok

Music

Stephanie Biear

Wardrobe Supervisor

Eubie Blake

Song

Johannes Brahms

Music

Lew Brown

Song

Nancy Cabrera

Foley Artist

Michael Cerullo

Grip

Ryan Collison

Recording Engineer

Gregory Conroy

Location Scout

Sara Corrigan

Assistant Editor

Mark Cronogue

Assistant Costume Designer

Edgar De La O

Office Production Assistant

Eddie De Lange

Song

Matt Dennis

Song

B. G. Desylva

Song

Patricia Kerrigan Dicerto

Casting Associate

Leo Driver

Coordinator

Elise Durant

Apprentice Editor

Duke Ellington

Song Performer

Duke Ellington

Song

Tracy Ershow

Set Production Assistant

Karen E. Etcoff

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Redd Evans

Song

Robert Fama

Hair Stylist

James Feldman

Set Production Assistant

Ed Ferraro

Carpenter

Eduardo Garabal

Location Assistant

Erroll Garner

Song Performer

Dean Garvin

Assistant Director

Frank Garziadei

Boom Operator

Danielle Giovanniello

Assistant Property Master

Rafael Gonell

Art Assistant

Regina Graves

Set Decorator

Michael Green

Camera Operator

Scott Gregoire

Best Boy Electric

Steve Guilbaud

Accountant

Brian Hamill

Photography

Adam Hamilton

Song Performer

Adam Hamilton

Song

Daniel Hamilton-lowe

Set Production Assistant

James Harris

Song

Elizabeth Hedges

Loader

Robert Hein

Supervising Sound Editor

Ray Henderson

Song

Janet Henry

Location Scout

Wayne Herndon

Hair Stylist

Lori Hicks

Makeup Artist

Petr Hlinomaz

Gaffer

Will Hudson

Song

Dick Hyman

Song Performer

Charles H. Joffe

Co-Executive Producer

Thomas Kodros

Consultant

Scott Kordish

Production Coordinator

John Kouromihelakis

Art Assistant

Brian Lamia

Location Assistant

Frank Leal

Art Department

Adam Leon

Office Production Assistant

Alisa Lepselter

Editor

Terry Lewis

Song

Glenn Lloyd

Art Department Coordinator

Santo Loquasto

Production Designer

Pietro Lorino

Production Accountant

Michelle Mader

Sound

Derek Manganelli

Location Assistant

David Mann

Song Performer

Gary Martone

Key Grip

Winsome Mccoy

Wardrobe Supervisor

Sylvia Menno

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Jill Meyers

Music Coordinator

Jessica Miglio

Photography

Irving Mills

Song

Talley Morse

Dolly Grip

Wayne Moss

Construction Coordinator

Christie Mullen

Location Manager

Henry Nemo

Song

Morgan A Neville

Assistant Editor

Yleana Nunez

Assistant Costume Designer

John Ottesen

Special Effects Coordinator

Dave Paterson

Sound Effects Editor

Richard Patrick

Assistant Director

Glenfield Payne

Sound Effects Editor

Ron Petagna

Carpenter

Charles Quinlivan

Best Boy Grip

Andy Razaf

Song

John Redmond

Song

Frankie Ritacco

Assistant Costume Designer

Helen Robin

Unit Production Manager

Helen Robin

Coproducer

Heinz Roemheld

Music

Jack Rollins

Co-Executive Producer

Kyle Rudolph

Steadicam Operator

Judy Ruskin Howell

Costume Designer

Bob Russell

Song

Chinyere Ryan

Scenic Artist

Cliff Schorr

Scenic Artist

Julie Schubert

Casting Assistant

Kevin Shaw

Dga Trainee

Nuria Sitja

Makeup Artist

R. Vincent Smith

Assistant Property Master

James Sorice

Scenic Artist

John Spady

Location Scout

Igor Stravinsky

Music

Billy Strayhorn

Song

Pete Tavis

Transportation Captain

Juliet Taylor

Casting

Stephen Tenenbaum

Executive Producer

Marilyn Teorey

Assistant Sound Editor

David Thompson

Steadicam Operator

Amy R Trachtman

Assistant Production Coordinator

Bill Tripician

Extras Casting Assistant

Carl Turnquest

Projectionist

Jimmy Van Hausen

Song

Joe Violante

Dailies

David Wahnon

Assistant Sound Editor

Sheila G. Waldron

Script Supervisor

Tom Warren

Art Director

Ned Washington

Song

Paul Weathered

Property Master

Barry White

Song Performer

Barry White

Song

Akil Wilson

Assistant Sound Editor

Leo Wood

Song

Timothy J. Wood

Transportation Co-Captain

James Q Wright

Song

Eric Wrolstad

Assistant Location Manager

Roy B Yokelson

Music Engineer

Victor Young

Song

William Zsigmond

Dp/Cinematographer

William Zsigmond

Director Of Photography

Film Details

Also Known As
Melinda och Melinda, Untitled (Woody Allen Fall 2003 Project)
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
2004
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Location
New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 2005

Released in United States March 23, 2005

Released in United States on Video October 25, 2005

Released in United States September 2004

Released in United States Spring March 18, 2005

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival September 17-25, 2004.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Opening Night) January 28-February 6, 2005.

Robert Downey Jr. was previously attached to star but had to drop out because of the high insurance premium due to his past problems with substance abuse.

Winona Ryder was previously attached to star.

Literary Sale Date: 06/20/2003

Fox Searchlight negotiated a one-picture deal with Woody Allen to finance the film in return for worldwide distribution rights.

Released in United States 2005 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Opening Night) January 28-February 6, 2005.)

Released in United States Spring March 18, 2005

Released in United States March 23, 2005 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States September 2004 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival September 17-25, 2004.)

Released in United States on Video October 25, 2005