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Successful playwright Al Pacino can't get any work done as long as he is pestered by his wacko wife Tuesday Weld. Making things worse are the couple's obstreperous children, many of them products of her previous marriages. Just as Pacino is completing his latest work, his wife walks out on him. That's the good news: the bad news is that he's saddled with a bunch of snot-nosed kids. Still and all, Pacino finds time to inaugurate an affair with his play's leading lady, played by Dyan Cannon, while attempting to ...
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Overview

Successful playwright Al Pacino can't get any work done as long as he is pestered by his wacko wife Tuesday Weld. Making things worse are the couple's obstreperous children, many of them products of her previous marriages. Just as Pacino is completing his latest work, his wife walks out on him. That's the good news: the bad news is that he's saddled with a bunch of snot-nosed kids. Still and all, Pacino finds time to inaugurate an affair with his play's leading lady, played by Dyan Cannon, while attempting to juggle the stresses of opening night with the needs of the demanding, often obnoxious children.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Author! Author! strives to be both a heartwarming domestic comedy about single fatherhood and a barbed show business satire. On the domestic front Travalian (Al Pacino) has a brood of five children, four of them from his wife's former marriages. When she finally leaves him, he alone must care for these kids he loves as if they were his own. As for work, Travalian's new play is running into production and rewrite problems. Although this material has been done to death in other films, Alan King and the great comic duo Bob and Ray make their scenes spark and bring out a wackier side of Pacino than audiences had seen before. As these two worlds begin to encroach on each other, the film weakens. There is a scene where Travalian is supposed to meet his new leading lady (a charming Dyan Cannon) for dinner. Having nothing else to do with them, the kids all come along. As good as the cast is, they are unable to make this situation (which is most certainly written for laughs) seem either plausible, or giddily screwball enough to enjoy. Although director Arthur Hiller is unable to make these two story lines gel, there are individual moments that work quite well. Pacino obviously enjoyed playing with the child actors, Eric Gurry gives a very winning performance as Travalian's oldest son, and Tuesday Weld does a fine job with the underwritten role of the abandoning mother, but one gets the sense that had the filmmakers focused on one story over the other, the movie would have had more energy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • UPC: 024543130987
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,769

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Ivan Travalian
Dyan Cannon Alice Detroit
Tuesday Weld Gloria
Alan King Kreplich
Bob Dishy Finestein
Bob Elliott Patrick Dicker
Ray Goulding Jackie Dicker
Eric Gurry Igor
Elva Leff Bonnie
B.J. Barie Spike
Ari Meyers Debbie
Benjamin H. Carlin Geraldo
Ken Sylk Roger Slessinger
James Tolkan Lt. Glass
Tony Munafo Officer Kapinsky
Cis Corman
Kevin McClarnon Ted Brawn
Lori Tan Chinn Mrs. Woo
Richard Belzer Seth Shapiro
Andre Gregory J.J.
Judy Graubart Miss Knoph
Jaime Tirelli Taxi Driver
Frederic Kimball Larry Kotzwinkle
Denny Dillon Young Woman
Margo Winkler Millie
Jean-Pierre Stewart French Student
Doris Gramovot Waitress
Florence Anglin Bag Lady
Christal Kim Grunella
Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Lou Barlia Camera Operator
Yudi Bennett Asst. Director
Jay Cannistraci Makeup
Cis Corman Casting
Terry Donnelly Production Designer
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Israel Horovitz Screenwriter
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
William H. Reynolds Editor
Gene Rudolf Production Designer
George Simpson Screenwriter
Dorothy Wilde Associate Producer
Irwin Winkler Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Author! Author!
1. Main Titles [:07]
2. A Little Problem [1:52]
3. Ivan's Birthday [:03]
4. Who's Larry? [1:41]
5. Road to Divorce [3:31]
6. Without Apology [:59]
7. Class Dismissed [3:25]
8. One Small Detail [3:03]
9. Alice Detroit [2:02]
10. Track Record [1:42]
11. Gloria's Kids [3:44]
12. Blood Relatives [:19]
13. First Rehearsal [4:04]
14. 7th and West 4th [4:25]
15. Lady's Choice [3:18]
16. Commitment [4:30]
17. Second Thoughts [1:24]
18. Gloria Returns [3:29]
19. Alice Moves Out [2:32]
20. Runaways [:09]
21. Legal Custody [2:53]
22. Second Act Rewrite [2:58]
23. Going After Gloria [1:02]
24. Choosing Ivan [3:24]
25. Opening Night [4:53]
26. Author! Author! [1:34]
27. The Times Review [4:35]
28. End Titles [3:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Author! Author!
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   Language Selection
      Language and Audio: English Mono
      Language and Audio: French Mono
      Language and Audio: English Stereo
      Language and Audio: Spanish Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Teaser Trailer
      TV Spot
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      Fox Flicks: The Panic in Needle Park
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