Play It Again, Sam

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Herbert Ross directed this adaptation of Woody Allen's hit Broadway play concerning a shy film critic who has trouble with women. Woody Allen plays Allan Felix, a writer for Film Quarterly consumed by movies, particularly his favorite film of all time, Casablanca. At the start of the film, Allan's wife Nancy Susan Anspach has just left him and is applying for a divorce. Unable to deal with this emotional turmoil, Allan seeks solace in the movies he loves, imagining Humphrey Bogart Jerry Lacy has dropped by his ...
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Overview

Herbert Ross directed this adaptation of Woody Allen's hit Broadway play concerning a shy film critic who has trouble with women. Woody Allen plays Allan Felix, a writer for Film Quarterly consumed by movies, particularly his favorite film of all time, Casablanca. At the start of the film, Allan's wife Nancy Susan Anspach has just left him and is applying for a divorce. Unable to deal with this emotional turmoil, Allan seeks solace in the movies he loves, imagining Humphrey Bogart Jerry Lacy has dropped by his apartment to offer Allan advice on dealing with the ladies "Dames are simple. I never met one that didn't understand a slap in the mouth or a slug from a forty-five". Helping Allan meet new women are his good friends Dick Tony Roberts and Linda Christie Diane Keaton. Dick and Linda fix him up with a succession of dates, all of which end disastrously because of Allan's nervousness and insecurity. Finally, Allan realizes that he has been spending more time with Linda than anyone else and he is becoming attracted to her -- she's the only woman he truly feels comfortable around. Linda proves unexpectedly receptive to Allan's advances, since Dick's workaholic ways leave Linda neglected and ignored.
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Adapted from his own stage play, Play It Again, Sam is arguably Woody Allen's most consistently funny early film, even as it blended his broader comedy with more serious relationship insecurities, precluding his greatest triumph, 1977's Annie Hall. Before Play It Again, Allen's films had been praised for their laughs and their nonconformist styles: the faux-documentary of Take the Money and Run (1969), the schizophrenic political satire of Bananas (1971), and the skit-comedy of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex (1972). Director Herbert Ross was criticized by some viewers for turning Allen's material into more conventional romantic comedy. Play It Again, Sam was also Allen's first film with frequent future collaborators Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929303335
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,864

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Allan
Diane Keaton Linda
Tony Roberts Dick
Jerry Lacy Bogart
Susan Anspach Nancy Felix
Jennifer Salt Sharon
Herbert Ross
Suzanne Zenor Disco Girl
Mari Fletcher Dream Sharon, Fantasy Girl
Michael Greene Hood#1
Ted Markland Hood#2
Joy Bang Julie
Viva Jennifer
Diana Davila Museum Girl
Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director
Woody Allen Screenwriter
Frank Capra Jr. Associate Producer
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Stanley R. Dufford Makeup
William C. Gerrity Asst. Director
Billy Goldenberg Score Composer
Arthur P. Jacobs Producer
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Doug von Koss Set Decoration/Design
Oscar Peterson Trio Score Composer
Richard Pietschmann Sound/Sound Designer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Marion Rothman Editor
Ed Wittstein Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It Has Moments

    This is not one of Mr. Allen's best. There were a few parts that were laugh out loud funny. However, most of the that was the physical comdey stuff. You must watch Casablanca first to understand any of the references at the end of the movie and Casablanca is a good movie so don't be afraid of that one.

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