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 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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Critic Reviews for Play It Again, Sam

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Audience Reviews for Play It Again, Sam

  • Nov 29, 2012
    A brilliant character study with annoying but loveable characters. At times slow, but overall very sweet, humble and affecting.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2011
    Woody Allen in a film (based on his hit Broadway play) about a guy who loves film but cannot reconcile the differences between reel life and real life. His wife has just left him and he can't seem to get a break insofar as a new relationship goes, but he does get advice - from film - well, from the Bogart he wishes he were. By the end the whole piece seems merely a contrivance that allows Woody the opportunity to recite those iconic words from the end of Casablanca and little more than that.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2011
    A great little Woody Allen gem. While a little over the top in some scenes, Allen displays an uncanny knack for physical humor. Not only did this movie provide some really hearty laughs, but it also gives us a glimpse into the powerful chemistry that Keaton & Allen have on screen and would utilize in future pictures. It also works as a beautiful love letter to film, an idea he would explore further in his own film The Purple Rose of Cairo. It is funny, affectionate, and an absolute joy to experience.
    Reid V Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2010
    Here Woody Allen remakes Casablanca Woody Allen he plays a neurotic film buff who falls in love with his best friends wife. An imaginary Bogart is on hand to give advice, and the script is typically Allen. How much you'll enjoy it depends on how much you like Woody Allen.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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