When successful doctor Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau) finds a letter addressed to his wife from his mistress he is forced to take action. She threatens him with revealing their sordid affair unless he marries her, allegedly fulfilling his promise to her. He calls his mafioso brother in order to get rid of her.
Meanwhile, Cliff Stern (Woody Allen) has not had sex with his wife in over a year and in order to boost his career she offers to set him up filming the life of her producer brother - whom Cliff despises. As Cliff decides whether to sell himself out, he comes across Halley Reed (Mia Farrow), an associate producer, who helps him make up his mind.
One of the other major links in the story is the obnoxious yet successful movie director Lester (Alan Alda) - Cliff's other brother-in-law - who is everything that Cliff hates, and everything he wishes he was. As Cliff begins to make the story of Lester, the audience is exposed to similarities between Lester and Judah who appear to be ruthless in their search for power and success.
Of course, as a Woody Allen film, one can expect some very dark and droll humour and Crimes and Misdemeanors is certainly no different with some cracking one-liners that are timed to absolute perfection. The dreary sets also add to the atmosphere as the 70's style wood-based furniture instils very little confidence in anything the characters are trying to achieve in life.
Thought provoking, amusing and oh, so, droll.