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Play It Again, Sam (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 28 April 1972 (USA)
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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By day he is Woody Allen. But When Night Falls And The Moon Rises, Humphrey Bogart Strikes Again. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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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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Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the book 'The Films of the Seventies', "after his appearance in the stage and screen versions of _Play It Again, Sam (1972) _, 'Jerry Lacy' played the Bogart character on a number of television commercials". See more »

Goofs

When Bogart is talking to Allen in his apartment about his missed opportunity to kiss Linda, Bogart's hands are apart. Then when Bogart says he's had his face slapped plenty of times, his hands are together and then apart again. 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

The long-lost "Making Of Play It Again, Sam" featurette included a cut scene of Woody watching a mini-skirted girl climb a ladder in his film magazine office. The still of this scene was used on many foreign posters for the film. See more »

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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

As Time Goes By
from Casablanca (1942) (uncredited)
Written by Herman Hupfeld
Sung by Dooley Wilson
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Riotous
24 August 2001 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

Easily my favorite movie with Woody that he did not direct, 'Play it Again, Sam' is a hysterically funny homage to Bogart, divorce, adultery, dating, an overactive imagination, meeting women in museums, and calling your office with all the telephone numbers you can be reached at..this is some great stuff and Woody's social awkwardness and pratfalls and neuroses will have you laughing throughout.

One of my favorite scenes is Woody trying to meet an attractive woman at a museum. She turns out to be a little more unhappy than he is but is also very funny in her darkness.

The very best is Woody getting set up on a blind date with Jennifer Salt. His nervousness will stay in your mind long after the movie is over.


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