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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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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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The low-budget flick was shot in an abandoned hotel in Virginia - in the winter. "Since we didn't have the money to heat the hotel, (producer Beverly Karp) brought me a bit of cognac from time to time," recalls a co-producer. The crew kept warm by wearing ski clothes; the actors just had to act warm, aided by the lights and long underwear.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Shortly after the main course is served, Wallace Shawn's plate disappears, then a few minutes later, it's back again.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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Referenced in The Woman Who Came to Dinner (2015)See more »
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Gymnopedie 1See more »

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47 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
An original, unique, fascinating and intriguing conversation, 31 March 2000
Author: Afracious from England

This is the tale of two different men: Andre, an avant-garde director, and Wally, a theatre actor and writer. They meet at a restaurant and philosophise and discuss a variety of subjects. The majority of the dialogue is spoken by Andre. He is a far more loquacious and complex character than Wally. Wally is a laconic and soft-spoken guy, who enjoys a simple life with his wife. His epitome of bliss is drinking a cold cup of coffee left from the night before, without finding a cockroach in it. Andre is an intense ponderer. He tells Wally the stories of his experiences travelling around the world, from his time spent in far flung places such as Scotland, Poland, India and Tibet. Andre gives the impression he is exaggerating at times. Is he fabricating some of the tales? He could be. Especially the ones where he claims he has seen monsters and weird creatures. The premise of two men conversing for 110 minutes at a dinner table is not going to be the most appealing film, but this film holds your attention and intrigues the viewer. You become involved with Andre's musings somehow, and just as fascinated as Wally is. A great piece of arresting cinema.

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