Taglines: Six characters in search of love.
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.
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy is a 1982 sex comedy film written, directed by and starring Woody Allen. 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.
The plot is loosely based on Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night. 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.
A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982)
Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, José Ferrer, Julie Hagerty, Tony Roberts, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Redfield, Timothy Jenkins
Screenplay by: Woody Allen
Production Design by: Mel Bourne
Cinematography by: Gordon Willis
Film Editing by: Susan E. Morse
Costume Design by: Santo Loquasto
Set Decoration by: Carol Joffe
Art Direction by: Speed Hopkins
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: July 16, 1982