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
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An exterior scene scheduled to be filmed outdoors at the Plaza Hotel fountain took three months to shoot. Initially, the scene had to be re-written anyway so the shoot there was canceled for that reason. The rain, more rain and a blizzard then prevented it being shot. By the time it was filmed, it was not longer autumn but winter, so that meant it had to be re-written as an interior with the Plaza Hotel's Palm Court merely becoming just a codicil to the sequence. See more »
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 »
[helping her on with her fur coat]
What a fabulous look! What's it called?
Is it edible?
Do you think he's bi-sexual?
He never looked at a woman in his life!
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Taking a break from his serious roles, Al Pacino stars in this light comedy as playwright Ivan Travalian, trying to cope with putting on a play while raising his children and his son's friend. In a way, "Author! Author!" seems like the sort of movie that they just made for fun, but it's an interesting look at the vicissitudes of that particular lifestyle. It's not a masterpiece by any stretch (certainly not Pacino's best), but still worth seeing, if only to see the man known as Michael Corleone and Tony Montana doing comedy - although I doubt that you'll shout the title when the movie ends. Also starring Dyan Cannon, Tuesday Weld and Alan King.
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