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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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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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Bogart states that he shot Lizabeth Scott (in Dead Reckoning), when actually *she* shot *him.* Since he was speeding at the time, he crashed and she died. See more »

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My favorite Woody Allen film
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This is one if my favorite movies of all time. It is best seen right after Casablanca; I like to watch the two back-to-back to get the full effect. I laugh out loud throughout the movie, as I see myself portrayed so well in Allen's character. The movie is a must for any slightly-geeky single man or anyone who enjoyed Casablanca. I think of this as the story of a lovelorn geek on a quest for love, guided by his faith in Bogart. The cast is astounding; along with Allen's performance, Diane Keaton added a good amount of reality, sensitivity, and humor. Her character is quite believable. Tony Roberts is hilarious; his deadpan delivery of all the phone number lines prevents the joke from getting old even on multiple viewings.


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