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Author! Author! (1982)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Family  -  18 June 1982 (USA)
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While facing the stress of his play being produced on Broadway, a playwright deals with having to raise his son, his stepdaughters, and his stepsons.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Gloria Travalian
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Morris Finestein
Bob Elliott ...
Patrick Dickler
Ray Goulding ...
Jackie Dicker
Eric Gurry ...
Igor
Elva Josephson ...
Bonnie (as Elva Leff)
B.J. Barie ...
Spike
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Debbie
Benjamin H. Carlin ...
Geraldo
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Kreplich
Ken Sylk ...
Roger Slessinger
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Lt. Glass
Tony Munafo ...
Officer Kapinsky
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Playwright Travalian feels pulled limb from limb these days. He has a Broadway play in rehearsal and they want rewrites. His tramp wife is leaving him, leaving him as well with four children from her previous marriages plus his own son. And his lead actress wants to move in with him but isn't used to kids. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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The play must go on, and so must his family. See more »


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18 June 1982 (USA)  »

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Avec les compliments de l'auteur  »

Box Office

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$2,279,260 (USA) (18 June 1982)

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$2,279,260 (USA) (18 June 1982)
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According to 'Coming Attractions' magazine, "The idea for the film emerged in a conversation between two lifelong friends, Israel Horovitz, writer of the screenplay, and Irwin Winkler, the producer. During their discussion of married life, they found themselves asking, 'What happens to a man when his wife runs off and leaves him with the children? Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) was one answer to this question; Author! Author! (1982) is Mr. Horowitz's answer, and it has special personal significance for him because of his own experience as a divorced father with primary responsibility for two of his three children". See more »

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When Ivan and Alice meet at the plaza, Alice has 3 glasses of champagne and 3 aspirin in front of her, which she sips from and swallows during the conversation. She takes more than 3 aspirin, although 3 are clearly shown. And the liquid levels in the champagne glasses change from shot to shot. See more »

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Ivan: [from trailer] I had a lousy day today. I turned 42, I fired a director, I beat my kids...
[his children look up, clearly alarmed]
Ivan: I forgot to beat my kids!
[a family pillowfight ensues in the living room]
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References Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) See more »

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Comin' Home To You
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Michael Franks
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Author! Author! is very heartwarming!
11 January 2006 | by (Outside Phhiladelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

I love this movie because it's a true "feel-good" movie. The kids in the movie certainly steal the show, making us laugh over and over again. We can all relate to some or all of the kids as we're taken back in time to the early 80's. Their innocent insights to grown up situations, as well as their comedic delivery make for a very funny movie. Al Pacino (the author!) leads us through this movie as the caring father of this group of kids, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always loving, and you simply can't go wrong with Al Pacino! Alan King's dry humor adds a really nice touch to the movie. Take the time to watch this movie with your family, it'll warm all your hearts! My husband and I need to replace our worn out copy, which we never tire of watching over and over.


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