Play It Again, Sam (1972)

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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.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Romance
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Paramount Home Video

Cast

Woody Allen
as Allan
Jerry Lacy
as Bogart
Susan Anspach
as Nancy Felix
Jennifer Salt
as Sharon
Joy Bang
as Julie
Viva
as Jennifer
Suzanne Zenor
as Disco Girl
Ted Markland
as Hood#2
Diana Davila
as Museum Girl
Mari Fletcher
as Fantasy Girl
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Critic Reviews for Play It Again, Sam

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (2)

The working out of the parallels with Casablanca are masterly, and there are plenty of good sight gags and one-liners.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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."

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The cinephile's dilemma (i.e., the "watcher" versus the "doer"), with a nifty central gag

Full Review… | March 15, 2010
CinePassion

Vintage Woody Allen.

Full Review… | February 21, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Apart from its fantastic elements, Woody's script of Sam finds a deft blend of the comic and romantic.

Full Review… | July 10, 2008
IdentityTheory

No excerpt available.

February 23, 2008
ColeSmithey.com

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.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

½

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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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