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Annie Hall (1977)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  20 April 1977 (USA)
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Neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.

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Mom Hall
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Duane Hall (as Christopher Wlaken)
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Alvy's Dad
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Ruth Volner ...
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Storyline

Romantic adventures of neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer and his equally neurotic girlfriend Annie Hall. The film traces the course of their relationship from their first meeting, and serves as an interesting historical document about love in the 1970s. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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A nervous romance.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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20 April 1977 (USA)  »

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Anhedonia  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$39,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Brooke Shields appeared in a deleted scene in which she played a schoolgirl crush of young Alvy's. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film when Annie and Alvy meet outside at the restaurant, the crew is reflected in Annie's glasses throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alvy Singer: [addressing the camera] There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly. The... the other important joke, for me, is one that's usually attributed to Groucho Marx; but, I ...
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Christopher Walken's name is misspelled in the credits as "Christopher Wlaken". See more »

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A Hard Way To Go
(1977)
Written by Tim Weisberg (uncredited)
Performed by Tim Weisberg on A&M Records
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Thinly veiled self-glorification
29 July 2001 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

Woody Allen's puerile comedy reaches a true dramatic climax through a bit of unintended irony in the often-discussed "movie line" scene. In this scene we witness one pedant criticizing the pedantry of another in the middle of what is essentially a 90 minute diatribe. This scene sets up the remainder of an unbelievably hubristic film in which we will watch Woody (Why does he bother calling himself Alvy?) promoting the person he admires most. I'm still trying to understand how some might construe an assembly of self-consciously scripted one-liners as a coherent story. The humor in this film was so contrived that I began waiting for drumrolls after lines like "I never undress in front of a man of my own gender" and even began to wonder if a few years in Manhattan would see Rodney Dangerfield swapping jokes with Allen in an onstage partnership. By the time Woody uses all of the affect he can muster to pull off a suddenly sentimental closing scene, I refused to believe that he actually felt capable of evincing some sort of emotional response from the audience. Pathos is never a temptation for the viewer who is simply not interested in Woody Allen's life or those of celebrities in general.

As for the purported technical brilliance of the film (obnoxious postmodern pandering), I found it to be a hackneyed hodgepodge of Nouvelle Vague tricks pulled off with much less tact. For the sake of comparison, a film that does pull all of these elements together in a brilliantly funny and emotive package is Truffaut's "Shoot the Piano Player." "Annie Hall" was my first Woody Allen film and will probably be the last.


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