Marshall Brickman

Director, Screenwriter


Birth Place
Rio de Janeiro, BR
August 25, 1939


A former member of the folksinging groups The Tarriers and The Journeymen, Marshall Brickman wrote for television before beginning his highly successful association with Woody Allen. Brickman co-wrote two of Allen's best-loved films, "Annie Hall" (1977) and "Manhattan" (1979), before branching out on his own with the overlooked, cynical comedy "Simon" (1980) and the thoughtful anti-nucle...

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Nina Feinberg
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A former member of the folksinging groups The Tarriers and The Journeymen, Marshall Brickman wrote for television before beginning his highly successful association with Woody Allen. Brickman co-wrote two of Allen's best-loved films, "Annie Hall" (1977) and "Manhattan" (1979), before branching out on his own with the overlooked, cynical comedy "Simon" (1980) and the thoughtful anti-nuclear thriller "The Manhattan Project" (1986). It was with "Candid Camera" that Brickman broke into TV in 1966, and after a short stay with Allen Funt, moved on to Johnny Carson. Brickman was one of the key writers for "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1966-70) and also participated in the 1969 primetime special "Johnny Carson's Repertory Company in an Evening of Comedy." That same year, he first worked with Woody Allen as one of the writers on Allen's NBC special. In 1970, Brickman moved from Carson to Dick Cavett, writing and producing for Cavett's ABC show through 1972, a period in which the show won several Emmy Awards.

Brickman left TV and began to concentrate on feature films. In 1973, he joined Allen in co-writing "Sleeper," the film which advanced Allen's directing career. After a lull, Brickman and Allen worked on "Annie Hall" (1977), for which they shared the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The pair also fashioned a valentine to NYC with "Manhattan" (1979). Both features established Allen's credentials as a cinematic analyst of modern urban society. Brickman went his own way writing and directing "Simon" (1980), which starred his former partner from The Tarriers, Alan Arkin, as a man brainwashed to think he's come from another planet. The film met with a limited release (and frequently turns up on cable). Brickman's next effort, "Lovesick" (1983), was given a far greater release by Warner Bros. Starring Dudley Moore as a psychiatrist obsessed with his patient (Elizabeth McGovern) and communicating with the spirit of Freud (Alec Guinness), the love story-cum-urban neurosis was not a box office success either. Brickman fared better with critics, but not necessarily with the box office in 1986 with "The Manhattan Project," a well-meaning anti-nuclear riff in which young Christopher Collet steals plutonium to build his own reactor. The film is frequently shown on TV where it has built a large following. Brickman wrote the screenplay for the 1991 Bette Midler vehicle "For the Boys," a box office disaster about a USO singer and a comic who team and find success. Helmed by Mark Rydell, the film is generally entertaining, but something of a throwback to 1950s films, but it features a strong central performance by Midler. Rydell also directed Brickman's screenplay for the Richard Gere-Sharon Stone melodrama "Intersection" (1994). Brickman resumed working with Woody Allen after 15 years with "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993), a pleasantly diverting caper that also marked Allen's reteaming with Diane Keaton.

Life Events


Was on writing staff of "The Tonight Show"


Worked on staff of "Candid Camera"


Co-wrote "The Woody Allen Special" (NBC)


Had first screenwriter credit, co-scripting "Sleeper" with Woody Allen


Co-wrote "Annie Hall" with Allen; earned Oscar for Best Screenplay


Made feature film directing debut, "Simon" (also first film as solo writer)


Wrote and directed "Lovesick"


Resumed working with Allen, co-writing "Manhattan Murder Mystery", featuring Diane Keaton


Penned the script for "Intersection"


Directed Keaton in the Showtime adaptation of the stage play "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All"


Movie Clip

Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) -- (Movie Clip) I Prefer To Atrophy After an opening establishing the outside of Madison Square Garden, writer-director Woody Allen finds himself as Larry and Diane Keaton as wife Carol, heading home where they meet apartment neighbors Paul and Lillian House (Jerry Adler, Lynn Cohen) and are obligated to socialize, in Manhattan Murder Mystery, 1993, also starring Alan Alda.
Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) -- (Movie Clip) Pastry Myself To Death After the surprising death of their apartment neighbor, Larry and Carol (writer-director Woody Allen, Diane Keaton) at dinner with Sy and Marilyn (Ron Rifkin, Joy Behar) and Alan Alda as Ted, Carlo Di Palma’s lighting and Dick Mingalone’s hand-held camera, in a notable single take, major themes emerging, in Manhattan Murder Mystery, 1993.
Simon (1980) -- (Movie Clip) Epstein, Rats And Chickens Austin Pendleton as Becker leads the team at the comical “Institute For Advanced Concepts” in flattering professor Alan Arkin (title character) into believing he’s being brought on as a colleague, rather than a test subject, introducing Madeline Kahn as Dr. Mallory with a powerful pitch, in writer-director Marshall Brickman’s Simon, 1980.
Simon (1980) -- (Movie Clip) Did You Get The Fluids? Madeline Kahn as scheming Dr. Malllory, with her colleagues at the unglued “Institute For Advanced Concepts” (William Finley, Austin Pendleton, and Wallace Shawn as Eric Van Dongen) confirms she’s collected bodily fluids from Alan Arkin, the unwitting title character, the professor they’re planning to brainwash, who believes he’s conducting his own research, with a sensory deprivation tank, in Marshall Brickman’s Simon, 1980.
Simon (1980) -- (Movie Clip) Institute For Advanced Concepts Opening narration by James Dukas harkens Sleeper, 1973, which writer-director Marshall Brickman wrote with Woody Allen, and introduces Max Wright as Hundertwasser, Wallace Shawn as Van Dongen, Jayant as Barundi, William Finley as Fichlander and Austin Pendleton as the boss Becker, in Simon, 1980, starring Alan Arkin.
Simon (1980) -- (Movie Clip) Dare To Dream! At the unbridled “Institute For Advanced Concepts,” boss Becker (Austin Pendleton) introduces an idea, picked up by Hundertwasser (Max Wright), with help from Wallace Shawn, and Doris the computer (voice of Louise Lasser!), introducing Alan Arkin as the title character professor, director Marshall Brickman shooting on location at Columbia, in Simon, 1980.
Simon (1980) -- (Movie Clip) Massive Anxiety Ensues Neurotic psychology professor Alan Arkin (title character) is explaining to girlfriend Lisa (Judy Graubart from The Electric Company!) about his freelance sensory-deprivation experiment, with help from student Josh (Keith Szarabajka), in writer-director Marshall Brickman’s Simon, 1980.
Sleeper (1973) -- (Movie Clip) Frozen In 1973 Early scene, doctors (Bartlett Robinson, Don Keefer, Mary Gregory) unwrapping newly discovered 20th century man Miles Monroe (writer-director Woody Allen), 200 years later, in Sleeper, 1973.
Sleeper (1973) -- (Movie Clip) Pope's Wife Gives Birth Luna (Diane Keaton), still secretly plotting to turn-in 20th century fugitive Miles (writer-director Woody Allen) to the 22nd century authorities for kidnapping her, plays along with his escape, in Sleeper, 1973.
Annie Hall (1977) -- (Movie Clip) My Sexual Problem Late for the Bergman film, Alvy (Woody Allen) and Annie (Diane Keaton) move on to the New Yorker theater, where media theorist Marshall McLuhan makes a now legendary appearance, in Annie Hall, 1977.
Annie Hall (1977) -- (Movie Clip) La-De-Da With pal Rob (Tony Roberts), who likes to call him "Max," Alvy Singer (writer-director Woody Allen) meets Annie (Diane Keaton, who won the Best Actress Academy Award) for the first time, in Annie Hall, 1977.
Annie Hall (1977) -- (Movie Clip) To Atone For Our Sins One of the most advanced technical sequences, Annie (Diane Keaton) brings Alvy (writer-director Woody Allen) to meet her Midwestern family, Colleen Dewhurst her mom, Christopher Walken as brother Duane, Joan Newman and Mordecai Lawner Alvy’s parents, in Annie Hall, 1977.



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Nina Feinberg
Filmmaker and editor.