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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:
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 USA:

$2,279,260, 20 June 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's title is an ovation used in the theatre to call the playwright onstage after a well-received opening performance. 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 »


Gloria Travalian: Larry is a wonderful man.
Ivan: I'm thrilled to hear this.
Gloria Travalian: Larry is a wonderful man, but he's not you.
Ivan: That's what I figured when he scratched his leg and I felt nothing. 'This man is not me.'
Gloria Travalian: [Snobs] How can you joke at a time like this?
Ivan: I joke, You snob. What difference does it make? We're both miserable.
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Referenced in Happy Days: Arthur, Arthur (1983) 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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Absolutely one of my all time favorites......
4 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

I've just finished watching this delightful movie for - I don't know - the umpteenth time...... - probably somewhere in the 20's...

The kids are all adorable and just the best little actors....

Coupled with the opportunity to see Al Pacino smile.... who can resist that ???

Good clean fun.... well known actors....

This movie is bound to bring a smile to your face...

I highly recommend this fun, fun movie....

Great for all ages....

Could surely become one of your favorites also.

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