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Play It Again, Sam (1972)

 -  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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In an interview with 'Cinema' magazine in March 1972, Woody Allen said: "I would never want to direct a play into a movie. I would only be interested in working on original projects for the screen. I was already at work on [Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)], and I didn't want to spend a year doing a project that I had done on Broadway". Woody Allen hoped that the film, directed by director Herbert Ross, would garner "a nice, solid, funny commercial picture, and hopefully entice a broader audience for me than I get with my own films". See more »

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Not perfect, but enormously likable.
9 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Play It Again, Sam" is not an altogether successful film: it gets kind of monotonous midway through, and it has a few dead spots and mediocre jokes along the way. But I still like it very much. A warmly funny, enormously likable film, it contains some absolutely hilarious moments (watch for his first blind date and the scene where he follows - and overdoes - the advice that Bogart's ghost gave him to tell Diane Keaton how beautiful she is). Keaton is really lovely and adds an extra sparkle to the movie. Wacky and emotional at the same time, the film is recommended even to not-very-enthusiastic Allen fans.


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