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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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A Film For All Time See more (105 total) »

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Directed by
Louis Malle 
 
Writing credits
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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
 
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Contrary to popular belief, Gregory and Shawn have said they are not playing themselves in the film and are merely playing characters with their own names. When asked about it, they said if the opportunity ever came to remake the film, they would switch roles.See more »
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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 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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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Film For All Time, 26 December 2010
Author: cinemaniac2002 from Chicago, IL

There are movies made of every kind, of many different genres. While quite a few are entertaining, some films can actually be life changing. "My Dinner With Andre" is one of those films. I first saw the film in the early 1990s, around a decade after it was made. Caught in a vortex of corporate America office work drudgery as a single parent, the movie inspired me then to really examine my life and actively work to change it.

I struggled to understand how a theater director (Andre) could ever become disenchanted with his life enough to drop out and search for more meaning. For me, the ability to do anything artistic to earn a living was a dream come true. As I watched the film, it became apparent how even someone in the arts could become disconnected - in fact, even more so than other people, who had resigned themselves to live the way that they were expected to according to standards they didn't agree with. I came away with the conclusion that it is the artists in society who have an obligation to cast truth's light on culture and how it affects humanity. This is a huge responsibility, and it is often frustrating for creative people to have to confront the mundane aspects of life which can create soul crushing circumstances, driving people to behave in the most inhumane of ways.

Seeing the film again recently, it had a whole new meaning for me. Now that I am on the other side of the spiritually deadening life in corporate America - I can see how my goals and decisions to change my life were extremely necessary - in fact, imperative to my existence. Since the film was made, people have spent decades engaging in all manner of robotic and soul deadening activities - many to the detriment of themselves and everyone around them. We have also seen a technological surge that helped to liberate people to a certain degree, while further enslaving others. Regardless of which type of person one happens to be, at the end of the day, most everyone should work toward doing the things that give them joy - without harming others in the process. While this is much easier said than done, it doesn't make the goal any less important to accomplish. In fact, on a very basic level, it is just as necessary as eating, breathing and sleeping. Maybe even more significant, since human apathy, in its own way, can systematically destroy and sully the spirit driven intention of others.

"My Dinner With Andre" is every bit as relevant now as when it first premiered, perhaps even more so. A conversation about the meaning of life and how people choose to live it, along with all of the outside forces that exist to complicate it, will never go out of style. This is a beautiful masterpiece of a film, that can be watched many times, to produce different points of view which provoke interesting, engaging and enlightening discussions by those who experience it. This is very apparent as Shawn's character, who on the surface seems to disagree with a lot of what Andre says. Yet by the end of the film, on his way home, his eyes observe things in his environment as though a new light was been cast upon them.

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