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Play It Again, Sam 1972

4.7 out of 5 stars (49) IMDb 7.7/10

Unlucky in love, Allan Felix (Allen) is a film critic who gets dumped by his wife. Now, his married friends Dick and Linda (Tony Roberts, Keaton) try in vain to fix him up. Allan's dating skills are less than stellar, even though he keeps getting advice from a recurring hallucination...his film hero Humphrey Bogart.

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Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
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1 hour, 25 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Herbert Ross
Starring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
Supporting actors Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy, Susan Anspach, Jennifer Salt, Joy Bang, Viva, Susanne Zenor, Diana Davila, Mari Fletcher, Michael Greene, Ted Markland, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Tom Bullock, Jean De Briac, Mark Goddard, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By Tyke VINE VOICE on 14 April 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One of Woody's best. An `homage' to Bogart and based on his own stage play. Woody's character, Alan Felix, struggles comically to cope with the break-up of his marriage, assisted by his close friends Dick and Linda Christie (Tony Roberts and Diane Keaton). They set him up on blind-dates which always end in disaster and give Woody an opportunity to display some of his best comic business. Never was a vinyl-LP flung across a room with so much accuracy or embarrassment, nor was a salad ever tossed so spontaneously ...

Tony Roberts' character would fit right in today - a businessman who spends all his time on the phone or at work, has to pencil his wife in for dinner and must work on financial reports while on holiday. Though intended to be an over-the-top portrayal in the 1970s, such pressure is all too real today, but the film loses nothing in spite of that. Dick's wife finds gentle diversion in trying to help Woody's character find love and of course, they find it with each other.

Many great comic lines from Allen throughout, some of which admittedly are recycled from his stand-up days, but are good nonetheless. By the end of the film, each of the three characters have found what they really want from love and the final scene between Allen and Keaton is funny, touching and upbeat.

DVD quality is excellent.
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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 April 2006
Format: DVD
It has almost been forgotten that this film was not directed by Woody Allen - but this makes no difference it is still one of his greatest films.
We start the film with Allan Felix (Allen) watching Casablanca in the Cinema and feebly impersonating Bogart as he leaves the Cinema. The film proceeds with an imaginary Bogart advising Allan on how to deal with Women. Allan as you would expect is pretty hopeless!
This film is consistently funny with the blind date scene being one of the greatest comedy scenes ever filmed.
The script (based on Woody Allens own stage play) is full of great dialog, as you would expect.
Diane Keaton is wonderful in her role, and Tony Roberts is very funny in his supporting role as the business man who leaves a telephone number so he can be contacted everywhere he goes.
"I'll be at 362-9296 for a while; then I'll be at 648-0024 for about fifteen minutes; then I'll be at 752-0420; and then I'll be home, at 621-4598"
Remember this film was made more than a decade before mobile phones even existed in brick form.
The film finishes with a great recreation of the end of Casablanca.
If you don't like Woody Allen then you probably won't like this. However, if you have any appreciation of Woody and haven't seen this, you should buy this DVD now.
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ALthough this film has many sentimental, moving moments (all centred on Allen's dilemma concerning his best pal's wife), this is cleverly countered with the hilarious attempts by Allen to appear cool and debonaire in front of his many 'dates'.
The scene which has me in stitches everytime I see it is the one set in Allen's flat when he is presented with his first blind date by his match-making friends. The film also contains many scenes where Allen is able to show off his genius for comic timing such as in the art gallery or the disco when he attempts to pick up total strangers.
If you want a film which forces you to feel sympathy for the main character one minute and have you rolling around in the next then this is the one.
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"I never knew a dame who didn't understand a slap in the mouth or a slug from a forty-five ..."
Woody Allen wrote the screenplay for Play It Again, Sam by adapting his own 1969 hommage to Casablanca stage play ... but left the directing to Herbert Ross. Not one of Allen's best films - although certainly packed with some his best one-liners (hence four stars) - the film does start off more or less as Quintessential Allen: Allan Felix (Allen) stares open-mouthed in desperate adulation at his screen hero Rick/Humphrey Bogart, who apparently knows how to handle both women and his own emotions. Allan/Woody/the film's very first line of dialogue occurs outside the cinema as he shambles away from the matinée, "I'll never be like him ... I'm so depressed ..."
The film contains some of Allen's best visual gags, such as trying to look 'cool' running a coin through his fingers, discussing the merits of numerous drugs and pills, fiddling around with the Oscar Peterson record, tossing a salad, attempting to fend-off two bikers, and grunting nervously at his first date ...! And yet, the film ends on an uplifting note of self-denial and nobility ... as it parallels his favourite film.
Overly-busy and self-important people are coolly parodied by Allen stalwart Tony Roberts, whose arrival at any location commences with telephoning his PA to inform her where he can be contacted along with alternative telephone numbers.
That we often give in to our rampaging hormones instead of Thinking It Over before aiming at the clearly-wrong target, is amply shown us as Woody, desperate for A Date - any date - approaches a spaced-out chick in the museum. "That's a rather lovely Jackson Pollock ... What does it say to you?
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