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Play It Again, Sam (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 28 April 1972 (USA)
A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.



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Complete credited cast:
Joy Bang ...
Susanne Zenor ...
Discotheque Girl (as Suzanne Zenor)
Diana Davila ...
Museum Girl
Mari Fletcher ...
Fantasy Sharon
Hood #1
Ted Markland ...
Hood #2


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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Comedy | Romance


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28 April 1972 (USA)  »

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Aspirins for Three  »

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Did You Know?


The Broadway stage production of "Play It Again, Sam" was produced in association with Woody Allen's regular movie producers, Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe, the latter of whom acted as an executive producer on this film. See more »


When Bogart is talking to Allen in his apartment about his missed opportunity to kiss Linda, Bogart's hands are apart. Then when Bogart says he's had his face slapped plenty of times, his hands are together and then apart again. See more »


[first lines]
[clip from 'Casablanca']
Airport guard: Hello, radio tower, Lisbon plane taking off in ten minutes, east runway. Thank you.
Richard 'Rick' Blaine: Louis, have your man go with Mr. Lazlo and take care of his luggage.
Captain Renault: Certainly, Rick, anything you say. Find Mr. Lazlo's luggage and put it on the plane.
Airport guard: Yes, sir. This way please.
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References Across the Pacific (1942) See more »


La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Arranged by Max Steiner (uncredited)
In the score at the end of the Casablanca (1942) clips
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My favorite Woody Allen film
7 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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