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Play It Again, Sam (1972)

A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Woody Allen (based on the play by), Woody Allen (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Woody Allen ... Allan
Diane Keaton ... Linda
Tony Roberts ... Dick
Jerry Lacy ... Bogart
Susan Anspach ... Nancy
Jennifer Salt ... Sharon
Joy Bang ... Julie
Viva ... Jennifer
Susanne Zenor ... Discotheque Girl (as Suzanne Zenor)
Diana Davila Diana Davila ... Museum Girl
Mari Fletcher Mari Fletcher ... Fantasy Sharon
Michael Greene ... Hood #1
Ted Markland ... Hood #2
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Storyline

A mild mannered film critic is dumped by his wife and his ego is crushed. His hero persona is the tough guy played by Humphrey Bogart in many of his movies and the apparition of Bogart begins showing up to give him advice. With the encouragement of his two married friends, he actually tries dating again, with less than satisfactory results, until he relaxes. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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If you're going to take advice - take it from the best. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 April 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aspirins for Three See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In September 1972, Paramount was widely distributing this on a double bill with another comedy, Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972). See more »

Goofs

Linda's champagne glass switches from left to right hand between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[clip from 'Casablanca']
Airport guard: Hello, radio tower, Lisbon plane taking off in ten minutes, east runway. Thank you.
Richard 'Rick' Blaine: Louis, have your man go with Mr. Lazlo and take care of his luggage.
Captain Renault: Certainly, Rick, anything you say. Find Mr. Lazlo's luggage and put it on the plane.
Airport guard: Yes, sir. This way please.
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Alternate Versions

Since the Casablanca reference in the title wasn't immediately clear to italian audiences, the name of Woody Allen's character was been changed from Allan to Sam in the Italian release. See more »

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Soundtracks

As Time Goes By
from Casablanca (1942) (uncredited)
Written by Herman Hupfeld
Sung by Dooley Wilson
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My favorite Woody Allen film
7 January 2005 | by epnicholsSee all my reviews

This is one if my favorite movies of all time. It is best seen right after Casablanca; I like to watch the two back-to-back to get the full effect. I laugh out loud throughout the movie, as I see myself portrayed so well in Allen's character. The movie is a must for any slightly-geeky single man or anyone who enjoyed Casablanca. I think of this as the story of a lovelorn geek on a quest for love, guided by his faith in Bogart. The cast is astounding; along with Allen's performance, Diane Keaton added a good amount of reality, sensitivity, and humor. Her character is quite believable. Tony Roberts is hilarious; his deadpan delivery of all the phone number lines prevents the joke from getting old even on multiple viewings.


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