Play It Again, Sam (1972)
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Critic Reviews for Play It Again, Sam
The working out of the parallels with Casablanca are masterly, and there are plenty of good sight gags and one-liners.
Maybe the movie has too much coherence, and the plot is too predictable; that's a weakness of films based on well-made Broadway plays. Still, that's hardly a serious complaint about something as funny as Play It Again, Sam."
The cinephile's dilemma (i.e., the "watcher" versus the "doer"), with a nifty central gag
Apart from its fantastic elements, Woody's script of Sam finds a deft blend of the comic and romantic.
Audience Reviews for Play It Again, Sam
A brilliant character study with annoying but loveable characters. At times slow, but overall very sweet, humble and affecting.
A neurotic film critic with an obsession with Bogart is divorced by his wife and so spends all of his time with friends who unsuccessfully try to set him up with a variety of women. A long, long time ago (we're talking geological time scales here), before he became a morally suspect and unbearably pretentious narcissist, Woody Allen was a very funny man. Play It Again, Sam is easily his most charming and funny film in my opinion, using the simple premise of a terminally self-conscious guy who has to come to terms with the ups and downs of the dating scene while comparing the celluloid image of "masculinity" with its realities. Its genuinely witty script is full of really nicely observed comedy and very funny one liners and makes me wonder how it all went wrong. I really enjoyed this film and considering my personal loathing of the man, that's quite a statement.
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, but he does get advice - from film - well, from Bogie in particular. If you've reviewed, say, 500 films on this site ... this film is for you.
Play It Again, Sam Quotes
|Dick:||The two of you should get married and move into a hospital.|
|Linda:||You're not going to leave all those books lying around open?|
|Allan:||Why not? It creates an image.|
|Linda:||But Allan, you don't need an image.|
|Allan:||Ooo, I have the perfect thing. My 100 yard dash medal.|
|Linda:||Oh you're joking! You aren't going to leave out a track medal?|
|Allan:||Why not? I paid twenty dollars for it!|
|Bogart:||Nothing a bit of bourbon and soda wouldn't fix.|
|Linda:||I managed to fool one girl into loving me, and now she is gone|
|Linda:||I managed to fool one girl into loving me and now she's gone.|
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