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Crossing Delancey

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Director  Joan Micklin Silver
Initial DVD release  February 6, 2007
Country  United States
6.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Language  English
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Release date  August 24, 1988 (1988-08-24)
Writer  Susan Sandler (play), Susan Sandler (screenplay)
Music director  Paul Chihara, The Roches, Sergei Prokofiev
Cast  Amy Irving (Isabelle Grossman), Peter Riegert (Sam Posner), Reizl Bozyk (Bubbie Kantor), Jeroen Krabbé (Anton Maes), Sylvia Miles (Hannah Mandelbaum), George Martin (Lionel)
Similar movies  Aisha, The Matchmaker, Gangster of Love, That Way With Women, The Curious Female
Tagline  A funny movie about getting serious.

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Crossing Delancey is a 1988 American romantic comedy film starring Amy Irving and Peter Riegert. It is directed by Joan Micklin Silver and was based on a play by Susan Sandler, who also wrote the screenplay. Amy Irving was nominated for a Golden Globe for the movie, for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical.


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Isabelle Grossman works for a New York bookstore which supports authors through public readings. When author Anton Maes (Jeroen Krabbé), comes to the bookstore to give a reading, he shows an interest in Isabelle, who is enamored with the intellectual world that is very different from her traditional Jewish upbringing.

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Isabelle pays frequent visits to her Bubbie (grandmother), Ida (played by Yiddish theatre star Reizl Bozyk in her only film role), who lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Anxious for her granddaughter to settle down, Ida turns to the local marriage broker (Sylvia Miles). Although shocked and annoyed, Isabelle allows the matchmaker to introduce her to Sam Posner (Peter Riegert), who owns the pickle shop.

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At first Isabelle is not interested in Sam, believing that he is too working-class for her. Instead, she sets her sights on Anton and the New York intelligentsia. But she also feels guilty for how rude she was to Sam, so she tries to make it up to him by setting him up with her girlfriend Marilyn. In the process, she learns that he did not hire a matchmaker out of desperation and in fact has admired Isabelle from afar for several years. She is deeply touched and begins to like him, but it seems Sam has given up on her and starts dating Marilyn.

One day at a book reading Sam shows up. Anton arrives as well. Isabelle leaves with Sam, and later agrees to meet him the next day at her grandmother's house.

After work, however, she is sidelined by Anton and, believing that he is romantically interested in her, goes to his apartment. She discovers instead that Anton wants the convenience of an assistant, not a true partner. Finally seeing through him, the disgusted Isabelle races to her grandmother's apartment, finding it empty with Ida sleeping on the couch. Heartbroken, she believes she has ruined her chances with the honest and caring Sam. As she cries, Sam enters from the balcony. The two finally are united and Ida feigns confusion, but is gleeful that her plan has succeeded.


  • Isabelle Grossman - Amy Irving
  • Sam Posner - Peter Riegert
  • Bubbie (Ida) Kantor - Reizl Bozyk
  • Anton Maes - Jeroen Krabbé
  • Hannah Mandelbaum - Sylvia Miles
  • Lionel - George Martin
  • Nick - John Bedford Lloyd
  • Cecelia Monk - Claudia Silver
  • Mark - David Hyde Pierce (billed as David Pierce)
  • Pauline Swift - Rosemary Harris
  • Marilyn Cohen - Suzzy Roche
  • Ricki - Amy Wright
  • Candyce - Faye Grant
  • Karen - Deborah Offner
  • Myla Bondy - Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Rabbi - Moishe Rosenfeld
  • Diva - Paula Laurence
  • Woman in cab - Christine Campbell
  • Cab driver - Reg E. Cathey
  • Leslie - Susan Blommaert
  • Aunt Miriam - Dolores Sutton
  • Handball champion - Sam Corsi
  • Mickey - Michael Marisi Ornstein (billed as Michael Ornstein)
  • Molly - Susan Sandler
  • Reception

    The movie received positive reviews. It currently holds a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

    The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

  • 2002: AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions – Nominated
  • Box office

    The movie was a modest arthouse success.

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