The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Purple Rose of Cairo ★★★ 1985 (PG)
A diner waitress, disillusioned by the Depression and a lackluster life, escapes into a film playing at the local movie house where a blond film hero, tiring of the monotony of his role, makes a break from the celluloid to join her in the real world. The ensuing love story allows directorwriter Allen to show his knowledge of old movies and provide his fans with a change of pace. Farrow's film sister is also her reallife sister Stephanie, who went on to appear in Allen's “Zelig.” 82m/C VHS, DVD . Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Dianne Wiest, Van Johnson, Zoe Caldwell, John Wood, Michael Tucker, Edward Herrmann, Milo O'Shea, Glenne Headly, Karen Akers, Deborah Rush; D: Woody Allen; W: Woody Allen; C: Gordon Willis; M: Dick Hyman. British Acad. '85: Film, Orig. Screenplay; Cesar '86: Foreign Film; Golden Globes '86: Screenplay; N.Y. Film Critics '85: Screenplay.