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My Dinner with Andre
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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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Release Date:
11 October 1981 (USA) See more »
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Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant... See more » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins See more »
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2 great storytellers keep you entertained through a 2 hours conversation See more (113 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
 
Music Department
Joseph Villa .... musician: piano, "First Gymnopédie"
 
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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110 min
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Trivia:
At one point, Andre compares himself to Albert Speer, the German architect and Hitler's minister. Strangely enough, Speer died a month before the movie's premiere in New York.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The amount of wine in Wallace Shawn's glass varies in a manner not consistent with his drinking from it (or having it refilled).See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Princess Bride (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gymnopedie 1See more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
2 great storytellers keep you entertained through a 2 hours conversation, 27 September 2010
Author: kneiss1 from Germany

This movie is mainly a conversation between 2 people. There isn't much music, barely any camera work, there actually is barely any acting because both actors play themselves!... it can barely be called a movie, but it still is one - and a very entertaining one at that. Both Actors have a gift for languages and are amazing story tellers. My native language is not English (you probably guessed it while reading this review), but even I have been amazed by the beautiful language and their amazing skill to talk.

From a philosophical point of view, there is nothing new. I heard all the thoughts before. - The great strengths of the movie is the way those ideas are expressed. Even the most simple thought is coated by meaningful and beautiful words. You almost feel enlightened while watching this movie! But after the movie is over, you realize, that you actually learned nothing. It still has been a great experience. And I wished that there'd be more movies like this one.

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