Annie Hall (1977) Poster



Diane Keaton's real name is Diane Hall and her nickname is Annie.
Alvy's (Woody Allen's) sneezing into the cocaine was an unscripted accident. When previewed, the audience laughed so loud that director Allen decided to leave it in, and had to add footage to compensate for people missing the next few jokes from laughing too much.
The passerby Alvy refers to as "the winner of the Truman Capote look-alike contest" is in fact Truman Capote, who appears uncredited.
The scene where Alvy and Annie are at their psychiatrists, which looks like a split screen scene, was actually shot simultaneously on one set with an adjoining wall.
Annie's outfits, which caused a brief fashion rage, were Diane Keaton's own clothes.
Sigourney Weaver's screen debut, in a non-speaking part as Alvy's date near the end of the movie.
At 93 minutes, it is the second shortest film to win the Best Picture Oscar. The shortest film to win the Best Picture Oscar is Marty (1955) at 91 minutes.
According to Tony Roberts, in the scene where Rob picks Alvy up from jail, Woody Allen was unaware that Roberts was going to pull the green visor down on his coat. Allen ad-libbed the line "Are we driving through plutonium?" They shot a second take during which Allen changed the line to "Are we driving through a field of bees?" The first take is the one in the film.
The first scene shot was the lobster scene.
During the lobster-cooking scene Annie runs and retrieves a camera to take pictures of Alvy dealing with the crustaceans. Later, when Alvy runs over to Annie's house to smash a spider, the series of photos Annie took is on the wall in the background.
The movie's line "Hey, don't knock masturbation - it's sex with someone I love!" was voted as the #78 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
The film's working title was "Anhedonia" - the inability to feel pleasure. United Artists fought against it (among other things, they were unable to come up with an ad campaign that explained the meaning of the word) and Woody Allen compromised on naming the film after the central character three weeks before the film's premiere. Other titles suggested were "It Had to Be Jew", "A Rollercoaster Named Desire", and "Me and My Goy".
An early appearance by Jeff Goldblum playing the party guest who "forgot his mantra".
The house under the rollercoaster where Alvy grew up is actually the Kensington Hotel in Coney Island, Brooklyn which was located underneath the Thunderbolt rollercoaster. Allen discovered it while searching locations during filming. The hotel and rollercoaster were demolished in 2000.
Alvy never says "I love you" to Annie. The closest he comes is when Alvy says love isn't a strong enough word for how he feels.
When Annie arrives at the theater where Alvy has been waiting for her, he says "I'm standing here with the cast of The Godfather." Rick Petrucelli, the actor who plays Ralph, was an uncredited extra in The Godfather (1972). Funnily enough, Alvy is escaping "the cast of 'The Godfather'" in order to see Annie, played by Diane Keaton who was actually in The Godfather (1972).
One scene cut from the film is a fantasy sequence of Annie and Alvy visiting hell. This scene was rewritten 20 years later for Allen's Deconstructing Harry (1997).
Alvy makes a joke about the political magazines Dissent and Commentary merging to form "Dysentery." Dissent is a famous liberal magazine and Commentary is a famous conservative magazine.
During the classroom flashbacks, one of the teachers writes, "Tuesday, December 1" on the chalkboard. December 1 is Woody Allen's birthday, and Tuesday December 1, 1942 was his seventh birthday, tying in with the school setting.
"That was the most fun I've ever had without laughing" is a reference to the quote by H.L. Mencken in 1942 (and later Humphrey Bogart).
Average shot length: 14.5 seconds
The jokes that Woody Allen tells in front of the audience at the University of Wisconsin and on The Dick Cavett Show (1968) are from his stand-up comic days.
The first rough cut ran 2 hours and 20 minutes. Among the scenes later eliminated were: segments showing Alvy's former classmates in the present day; Alvy as a teenager; a scene in a junk-food restaurant (featuring Danny Aiello); extensive additional scenes featuring Carol Kane, Janet Margolin, Colleen Dewhurst and Shelley Duvall; and a fantasy segment at Madison Square Garden featuring the New York Knicks competing against a team of five great philosophers. Christopher Walken's driving scene was also cut, but was restored a week before the film was completed. New material for the ending was filmed on three occasions, but most was discarded. The final montage was a late addition.
Brooke Shields appeared in a deleted scene in which she played a schoolgirl crush of young Alvy's.
The movie theater line-up scene is done on a long take. The shot starts when the man behind Alvy starts speaking.
Woody Allen originally envisioned this movie as a murder mystery, with a subplot about a romance. During script revisions, Allen decided to drop the murder plot, which he and Marshall Brickman later revitalized in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
On Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) (28 February 1995), Harvey Fierstein revealed that both he and Danny Aiello had bit parts in this classic, but their scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
Though uncredited, the animated scene with Alvy and Annie-as-Wicked-Queen was drawn by Stu Hample, who was then drawing the comic strip "Inside Woody Allen" which was based on Woody's stand-up comic period.
Though based primarily on Woody Allen's real-life relationship with Diane Keaton, the fact that Annie Hall comes from Chippewa Falls, Wisc. likely was inspired by Allen's past relationship with folk singer Judy Henske, who was born in Chippea Falls, while Keaton was born in Los Angeles.
Ben Stiller comments how he likes the scene when Alvy has to meet Annie's family in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) and how it relates to him personally because he always was very apprehensive meeting his girlfriends' parents. Stiller starred in Meet the Parents (2000), which revolved around that very idea.
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
Marshall McLuhan was not Allen's first choice. Federico Fellini and Luis Buñuel were asked first.
Shelley Duvall filmed her scenes in two days.
The "Golden Crest Hotel" seen across the street from the L.A. health foods restaurant where Alvy and Annie meet for lunch is now the hip and trendy "Standard Hotel" on the Sunset Strip.
The scene where Alvy and Annie are making up stories about people in the park is reminiscent of the Paul Simon song "America". "Laughing on the bus/Playing games with the faces/She said the man in the gabardine suite was a spy/I said his bow tie is really a camera". Paul Simon plays Tony Lacey in the film.
Woody Allen originally filmed a scene in which a traffic advisory sign "urges" Alvy to go to Annie in California. Editor Ralph Rosenblum wrote that Allen was so disgusted by the scene's cuteness that he took the footage and threw it into the East River. The traffic-sign motif was later used in Steve Martin's L.A. Story (1991).
Shelley Hack's film debut.
The phrase "La Dee Dah" used often by Annie Hall (Diane Keaton), who grew up in the 1950s, was the title of a 1958 R n R standard - #9 US Pop, by Billy and Lillie and popular on "the oldie's circuit" at the time of this film's release.
[June 2008] Ranked #2 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Romantic Comedy".
In the lobster scene in the kitchen, the door to the oven in the corner cannot possibly be opened.
Kay Lenz was offered the title role, but her boyfriend David Cassidy convinced her to turn it down.
In 1979 the film's producer, 'Jack Rollins', bought a race horse (together with the jazz pianist Bill Evans) which he named "Annie Hall". Annie ran in harness races, appropriately, watched closely by its owners.

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