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
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Writer Israel Horovitz once said of this film: "We all talk about what divorce does for children and how unwise it is for children to bounce from home to home, and yet the divorce rate climbs and climbs . . . I felt there was a lot of room to explore the ease which people get married in this country, the way kids come along in huge bunches". See more »
In the theater scene immediately following meeting with Alice, Ivan sports an entirely new hair do. The play's director acknowledges it. Then the very next scene has Ivan exiting the subway station with his old hair do. See more »
I had a lousy day today. I turned 42, I fired a director, I beat my kids...
[his children look up, clearly alarmed]
I forgot to beat my kids!
[a family pillowfight ensues in the living room]
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Taking a break from his serious roles, Al Pacino stars in this light comedy as playwright Ivan Travalian, trying to cope with putting on a play while raising his children and his son's friend. In a way, "Author! Author!" seems like the sort of movie that they just made for fun, but it's an interesting look at the vicissitudes of that particular lifestyle. It's not a masterpiece by any stretch (certainly not Pacino's best), but still worth seeing, if only to see the man known as Michael Corleone and Tony Montana doing comedy - although I doubt that you'll shout the title when the movie ends. Also starring Dyan Cannon, Tuesday Weld and Alan King.
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