A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

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A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
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original movie poster
Directed by Woody Allen
Produced by Robert Greenhut
Written by Woody Allen
Cinematography Gordon Willis
Edited by Susan E. Morse
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • July 16, 1982 (1982-07-16)
Running time
88 min
Country United States
Language English
Box office $9,077,269

A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is a 1982 sex comedy film written, directed by and starring Woody Allen.

The plot is loosely based on Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night.[1] It was the first of 13 movies that Allen would make starring Mia Farrow. Her role was originally written for Diane Keaton, another Allen lead actress, but she was busy promoting her film Reds and preparing to begin production on Shoot the Moon. It also marks the first appearance of Allen as an ensemble performer in his own film, as previously he had either been the lead character or did not appear in his films.

Julie Hagerty, Mary Steenburgen, Tony Roberts and Jose Ferrer co-starred.

The film was nominated for one Razzie Award: Worst Actress, for Mia Farrow – the only time a Woody Allen film has been nominated for a Razzie.


It is the early 1900s. Distinguished philosopher Leopold (Ferrer) and his much younger fiancée, Ariel (Farrow), are going to spend a weekend in the country with Leopold's cousin Adrian (Steenburgen) and her crackpot inventor husband Andrew (Allen). Also on the guest list is womanizing doctor Maxwell (Roberts) and his latest girlfriend, free-thinking nurse, Dulcy (Hagerty). Over the course of the weekend, old romances reignite, new romances develop, and everyone ends up sneaking off behind everyone else's backs.


Box office

The film opened on July 16, 1982 at 501 North American theaters, and made $2,514,478 ($5,018 per screen) in its opening weekend. It grossed $9,077,269 in its entire run.


The film has a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes with the critics' consensus being "It may not be Woody Allen's best work, but the frothy, fun A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is still worth a look."[3]


  1. Vermilye, Jerry (2002). Ingmar Bergman: His Life and Films. McFarland. p. 91. ISBN 0786411600. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  2. "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982) A New Woody Allen". The New York Times. July 16, 1982. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  3. "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy". rottentomatoes.com. 16 July 1982. 

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