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My Dinner with Andre -- In Louis Malle's captivating and philosophical My Dinner with André, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn sits down with friend and theater director André Gregory at an Upper West Side restaurant, and the two proceed into an alternately whimsical and despairing confessional on love, death, money, and all the superstition in between.
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11 October 1981 (USA) See more »
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Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins See more »
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Not So Great; At the Very Least Overrated See more (117 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Louis Malle 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andre Gregory 
Wallace Shawn 

Produced by
Dave Franke .... associate producer
George W. George .... producer
Beverly Karp .... producer
Keith W. Rouse .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Allen Shawn 
 
Cinematography by
Jeri Sopanen 
 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Baron 
 
Production Design by
David Mitchell 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen McCabe 
 
Set Decoration by
Doug Kraner  (as Douglas Kraner)
 
Costume Design by
Jeff Ullman  (as Jeffrey Ullman)
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Rouse .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lloyd Kaufman .... production manager (as Lloyd Kaufmann)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman Berns .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jean-Vincent Fournier .... properties (as Vincent Fournier)
 
Sound Department
Michael R. Burnstine .... boom operator (as Michael Burnstine)
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pedro Bonilla .... assistant camera
Robert Lechterman .... gaffer
Diana Michener .... still photographer
Ralph Perri .... key grip
Robert Strong .... grip
Doug Sutton .... first electrician (as Douglas Sutton)
John Thomas .... second electrician
Deborah Watkins .... grip
 
Editorial Department
James Bruce .... assistant editor
Keith W. Rouse .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Ruth Ansel .... title designer
Richard Blankenship .... production assistant
James Bruce .... production coordinator
Matthew Gaddis .... production assistant
George W. George .... presenter
France Lachapelle .... script supervisor (as France LaChapelle)
Vincent Malle .... assistant to director
Richard Siegel .... production assistant
Michael White .... associate presenter
Scott MacDonough .... publicity coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mercedes Gregory .... special thanks
Dede Leiber .... special thanks
Steve Leiber .... special thanks
Margaret Ramsey .... special thanks
George Ross .... special thanks
Max Stafford-Clark .... special thanks
Frederick M. Supper .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Lloyd Kaufman of Troma, Inc. was production manager and his fledgling company provided support to the making of this film. This was one of his first credits.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: In some of the scenes where the back of Wally's head facing the camera, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen reflected on Wally's bald head.See more »
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[first lines]
Wally:The life of a playwright is tough. It's not easy as some people seem to think. You work hard writing plays and nobody puts them on. You take up other lines of work to try to make a living. I became an actor and people don't hire you. So, you just spend your days doing the errands of your trade.
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First GymnopédieSee more »

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Not So Great; At the Very Least Overrated, 20 March 2011
Author: billcurry-1 from United States

My first and only published movie review was of Louis Malle's Alamo Bay for the University of New Orleans' Driftwood. I got an early preview so I had no idea what others would write. But I knew two things: The movie was fairly entertaining, and Louis Malle had directed Atlantic City, which was incredibly great. So I wasn't about to say anything bad about Malle. I said the movie was very entertaining, but did add one caveat: In Alamo Bay the past was an allusion. You didn't see on the screen important things that were discussed by the characters. So you can imagine my reaction to Dinner w/Andre. The advantage of movies is that you can see things come to life. Films are easy on (and sometimes better than) the imagination. What if Marlon Brando had merely narrated what happened on the Bounty? Andre has more in common with a book than a movie. And considering the fantastically nutty things Andre has to say I don't think I'd enjoy the book anymore than I enjoyed the movie (i.e., not much). I almost always agree with Roger Ebert, but not this time. PS--The professional reviewers pretty much panned Alamo Bay, so at least I did one good turn for the great Louis Malle.

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