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Story

The thinking person's Forrest Gump, Woody Allen's 1983 Zelig is a funny, atmospheric mock-documentary about the collision of one man's manifest neuroses colliding with key moments in 20th-century history. Allen plays the title character, a self-effacing, timorous fellow with such a porous personality that he physically becomes a reflection of whoever he is with. Complex and painstaking, the film's pre-Gump special effects manage to place Allen, buried under a series of makeup and prosthetic guises, in a number of scenes along with Adolf Hitler at a Nazi rally, a pope at the Vatican, and famous guests at a garden party hosted by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Similar in tone and satire to some of Allen's short, comic pieces published in The New Yorker magazine, Zelig is a one-note movie that takes its delicious time establishing the fullness of its central joke. It's well worth the wait. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Black & White
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Collectible Booklet

Cast

Woody AllenLeonard Zelig
Mia FarrowDr. Eudora Nesbitt Fletcher
Michael JeterFreshman #2
Peter McRobbieWorkers Rally Speaker

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 79 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 15, 1983
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 6, 2001
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