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Play It Again, Sam (1972)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  4 May 1972 (USA)
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A neurotic film critic tries to get over his wife leaving him by dating again, much by the help of a married couple and his alter ego, Humphrey Bogart.

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A mild mannered film critic is dumped by his wife and his ego is crushed. His hero persona is the tough guy played by Humphrey Bogart in many of his movies and the apparition of Bogart begins showing up to give him advice. With the encouragement of his two married friends, he actually tries dating again, with less than satisfactory results, until he relaxes. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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By day he is Woody Allen. But When Night Falls And The Moon Rises, Humphrey Bogart Strikes Again. See more »

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One of a number of 1970s spoofs of film noir and hard-boiled detective films of the 1940s from the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, some of which starred Humphrey Bogart, who was the main target of the parodies. The films included Murder by Death (1976) and The Cheap Detective (1978), both from Neil Simon, Peeper (1976), The Long Goodbye (1973), Woody Allen's Play It Again, Sam (1972), and The Man with Bogart's Face (1980). See more »

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A Comedy Classic
31 March 2005 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

I lied on Bananas, THIS is my favorite Woodman movie. It's perhaps the most accessible, mainstream early Allen film. After Woody's wife splits on him (what took her so long!?), Woody turns to best friends Keaton and Roberts to help him back into the romantic saddle. Bogie also appears - flawlessly portrayed by Lacy - and attempts to assist Woody out of his doldrums with decidedly mixed results. What eventually happens, along with the Manhattan story line, suggests the Woodman's later real-life escapades. Of all of Allen's films this one for me has the most timeless moments, particularly involving his many dating mishaps. Woody's luckless character is part of a great comedic lineage that goes at least as far back as Bob Hope and has been seen as recently as George on Seinfeld. A comedy classic.


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