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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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It's still the same old story, a fight for love and glory. 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Woody Allen did not direct this movie even though he had already directed three films: What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966), Take the Money and Run (1969), and Bananas (1971). 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

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 »

Connections

References The African Queen (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Arranged by Max Steiner (uncredited)
In the score at the end of the Casablanca (1942) clips
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Woody's overlooked 70's gem
19 October 2000 | by JawsOfJoshSee all my reviews

While he did not direct it, but rather, only wrote a screen adaptation of his own play, this overlooked slapstick film from 1972 is one of Woody Allen's finest treasures. Back in the day when Woody was just as slapstick as he was verbal, "Play It Again, Sam" tells the story of Allen as a divorced film critic crushed by the failure of his marriage. A huge fan of Humphrey Bogart, Allen soon looks to an imaginary incarnation of Bogie to guide his fearful (and clumsy) voyage back into the single life. He is aided by his best friend Dick and his wife Linda (Woody regulars Tony Roberts and Diane Keaton), who assist him in setting up one disastrous date after another. Soon enough, Woody discovers that sometimes you actually find true love but it doesn't always work out the way you wish.

Personally, I don't care too much for the whole Bogart-as-mentor thing. I spend most of the film cracking up at Woody's clumsy gestures and neurotic nay-sayings. As usual in an Allen film, Keaton gives a sweet, self-effacing performance. Because the film was directed by Herbert Ross, the typical rambling dialogue and back-and-forth editing is toned down a bit, so for an Allen vehicle, the movie feels more mannered and has more of a narrative strength than Woody's other wacky 70's productions. Still, Woody has never made me laugh harder - ever.


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