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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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 »
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 »
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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