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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.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Israel Horovitz
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Ivan Travalian
Dyan Cannon ... Alice Detroit
Tuesday Weld ... Gloria Travalian
Bob Dishy ... Morris Finestein
Bob Elliott ... Patrick Dicker
Ray Goulding ... Jackie Dicker
Eric Gurry Eric Gurry ... Igor
Elva Josephson Elva Josephson ... Bonnie (as Elva Leff)
B.J. Barie B.J. Barie ... Spike
Ari Meyers ... Debbie
Benjamin H. Carlin Benjamin H. Carlin ... Geraldo
Alan King ... Kreplich
Ken Sylk Ken Sylk ... Roger Slessinger
James Tolkan ... Lt. Glass
Tony Munafo 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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Anyone can be a father. But not every father deserves a standing ovation. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avec les compliments de l'auteur See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,279,260, 20 June 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,111,101
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though shot in New York, the New York University campus did not play itself, it was portrayed by New York's Columbia University. See more »

Goofs

When Ivan and Alice meet at the plaza, Alice has 3 glasses of champagne and 3 aspirin in front of her, which she sips from and swallows during the conversation. She takes more than 3 aspirin, although 3 are clearly shown. And the liquid levels in the champagne glasses change from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Travalian: Larry is a wonderful man.
Ivan: I'm thrilled to hear this.
Gloria Travalian: Larry is a wonderful man, but he's not you.
Ivan: That's what I figured when he scratched his leg and I felt nothing. 'This man is not me.'
Gloria Travalian: [Snobs] How can you joke at a time like this?
Ivan: I joke, You snob. What difference does it make? We're both miserable.
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Connections

Referenced in Happy Days: Arthur, Arthur (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Comin' Home To You
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Michael Franks
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Wonderful! I remember seeing this as a kid...
16 May 2003 | by testure10See all my reviews

...this is a wonderful family film! It brings back memories from seeing it when I was much younger. It really is a truly special film that demonstrates how important family, even a non-traditional family, is -- especially when we are young. It demonstrates that children are aware of what is happening arond them, despite the fact that adults don't give them much credit for being intelligent. It also shows that "family" comes in many different forms, and sometimes the best family does not include the traditional "mom" and "dad" that we expect.


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