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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 »
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Gloria Travalian
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Morris Finestein
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Patrick Dicker
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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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Storyline

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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They share the laughter, the love, the frustration... and the bathroom. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »
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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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$10,576,604 (USA)
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Trivia

This film was one of a number of movies in a 1980s Hollywood cycle of pictures about divorce. Initiated by the Best Picture Oscar winning film Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), the cycle included that movie as well as Shoot the Moon (1982), The Champ (1979), Author! Author! (1982), Table for Five (1983), Heartburn (1986), Irreconcilable Differences (1984), Enemies: A Love Story (1989), The Good Mother (1988), The War of the Roses (1989) and The Last Married Couple in America (1980). See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Ivan: I have done many terrible things in my life but I have never put another man's wife in my bed.
Larry Kotzwinkle: Wasn't she married to that Spanish painter when you slept with her?
Ivan: Don't prove me wrong, Larry, I hate it when I'm proven wrong.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 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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Highly enjoyable
24 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

The only reason I saw this movie, was because Al Pacino was starring in it. I'm a huge fan of him and I don't want to miss any of his movies. "Author! Author!" is a highly enjoyable comedy-drama about a family guy and his many kids. Al Pacino plays a writer of stage plays who is dealing with some personal problems with his wife which also affects his writing.

Of course, "Author! Author!" isn't the best Al Pacino movie ever made, but it's certainly worth watching. This movie was a pleasant surprise. The director Arthur Hiller has also directed the timeless romantic classic "Love Story" with Ryan O'Neal. I think Al Pacino was worth his Golden Globe nomination.

Fine and well acted comedy-drama.

7,5/10


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