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My Dinner with Andre (1981)

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Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.


Louis Malle


Wallace Shawn (screenplay), Andre Gregory (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Andre Gregory ... Andre Gregory
Wallace Shawn ... Wallace Shawn
Jean Lenauer ... Waiter
Roy Butler Roy Butler ... Bartender


Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant. Gregory, a theater director from New York, is the more talkative of the pair. He relates to Shawn his tales of dropping out, traveling around the world, and experiencing the variety of ways people live, such as a monk who could balance his entire weight on his fingertips. Shawn listens avidly, but questions the value of Gregory's seeming abandonment of the pragmatic aspects of life. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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The low-budget flick was shot in an abandoned hotel in Virginia - in the winter. "Since we didn't have the money to heat the hotel, (producer Beverly Karp) brought me a bit of cognac from time to time," recalls a co-producer. The crew kept warm by wearing ski clothes; the actors just had to act warm, aided by the lights and long underwear. See more »


The amount of wine in Wallace Shawn's glass varies in a manner not consistent with his drinking from it (or having it refilled). See more »


[first lines]
Wally: The life of a playwright is tough. It's not easy as some people seem to think. You work hard writing plays and nobody puts them on. You take up other lines of work to try to make a living. I became an actor and people don't hire you. So, you just spend your days doing the errands of your trade.
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Referenced in Family Ties: Tender Is the Knight (1983) See more »


First Gymnopédie
Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Joseph Villa
[performed over the end credits]
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Talk for the sake of talk
22 June 2000 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

For the sake of authenticity here are various reactions from my diary:


An interesting movie, one of the few non-comedies I liked. It consisted of nothing but a two-hour conversation between two friends. The conversation wasn't of very good quality, but infinitely above most of the drivel on TV.


A recreation of a real life dialogue between a playwright and a theatrical producer about life, modern civilization and everything under the sun. I found it very interesting but neither of the characters are first rate-intellects. Andre came off looking kooky.


It is SPELL-BINDING, but ultimately frustrating, like all movies. One is never sure what the writers really believe, and to what degree they believe it. I wish the two would appear on talk shows and carry on the same type of conversation.


I'm afraid what looks like art in a movie would look perfectly banal in real life. If you were overhearing this conversation in a coffee shop, would you pay to listen? I wouldn't, nor would I listen free of charge. But a movie is fascinating, because it is an object, a product. A movie is an event in itself, regardless of content. There is a communal experience of watching what thousands have watched. Without meaning to, this worthy film exemplifies the tragedy of human communication: it is impossible. No one really knows what is being said or why. We are all wrapped up in ego, yet when we strip it away, there is nothing. But talking has a sensuality of its own. It is more intimate than sex.

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English | French

Release Date:

11 October 1981 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,073, 16 May 1999

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