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Author! Author! (1982)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 18 June 1982 (USA)
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 »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Gloria Travalian
Morris Finestein
Patrick Dicker
Jackie Dicker
Eric Gurry ...
Elva Josephson ...
Bonnie (as Elva Leff)
B.J. Barie ...
Benjamin H. Carlin ...
Ken Sylk ...
Roger Slessinger
Lt. Glass
Tony Munafo ...
Officer Kapinsky


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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Anyone can be a father. But not every father deserves a standing ovation. See more »


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Release Date:

18 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avec les compliments de l'auteur  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$10,576,604 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of two 1982 movies made about playwrights, the other being Deathtrap (1982). See more »


In the theater scene immediately following meeting with Alice, Ivan sports an entirely new hair do. The play's director acknowledges it. Then the very next scene has Ivan exiting the subway station with his old hair do. See more »


Gloria Travalian: Larry and I are moving to the Good Harbor Beach Inn in Massachusetts. We've agreed to live there for a three month trial period and if it works, we'll be married on Larry's birthday in March.
Ivan: Okay... okay-I guess I'll be heading back to rehearsal. Enough taking time off from work for fun, huh? You can keep the night table, Gloria.
Gloria Travalian: No...
Ivan: I just wanna say that you are the craziest person I've met since the guy blocking the bank door. He was wearing a Superman cape and pantyhose... crazier than ...
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


Comin' Home To You
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Michael Franks
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Pacino becomes a champion and"Hero"
10 May 2004 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

I had seen this movie quite a few times, and thought that Al Pacino gave a great performance. Here we see a professional playwriter Ivan Travalian struggling with his career,and he gets hit with the news his wife wants to leave;She has some heavy load to carry,the children she cannot take a responsibility for. With juggling the duties of mother and father,Ivan has his anxiety about failure;He needs a great "rave" review to have a broadway hit.

There are sensitive lines in the film that touch on Ivan's personality; I am moved to the same anger, when He tells ex-wife Gloria "we are not fish,we are people".Gloria seems to be self-centered and uncaring.Travalian also says to his biological son,Igor, "nobody wants them,Gloria doesn't want them". How can we not feel the pain in these hurting kids?

The movie was great and touched on the aspect of family and Love;Ivan has these kids of the world, and tries to make a home for them.I love this film and enjoyed it heartily.

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