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Play It Again, Sam [VHS]

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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy, Susan Anspach
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Arthur P. Jacobs, Charles H. Joffe, Frank Capra Jr.
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 22 Sept. 1997
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CJQH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,259 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Film buff and film critic, Alan Felix (Woody Allen) starts encountering a recurring hallucination - Humphrey Bogart starts offering him tips on how to succeed with members of the opposite sex - after his wife starts divorce proceedings. His married friends Dick (Tony Roberts) and Linda (Diane Keaton) try to set him up with a string of dates, but they all go disastrously wrong due to Felix's insecurities. However, it soon becomes apparent that by spending an increasing amount of time with Linda, she is the only woman he really feels comfortable with, and she begins to reciprocate his advances. This eventually leads to a 'Casablanca'-style showdown in this adaptation of Allen's successful Broadway play.

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Written for the stage and coherently opened up for the screen by veteran director Herbert Ross, Play It Again, Sam is closer to a conventional comedy than Woody Allen's more self-contained films but his smart script and archetypal hero-nebbish achieve a special charm aimed squarely at movie buffs. Allen is Allan Felix, a film critic on the rebound after his wife's desertion, trying to brave the choppy waters of born-again bachelorhood and struggling to reconcile his celluloid obsessions with the hazards of real-world dating. His apartment is a shrine to Humphrey Bogart and it's none other than Bogey himself who materialises at strategic moments to counsel Allan on romantic strategy. He gets more corporeal aid from his married friends, Linda (Diane Keaton) and Dick (Tony Roberts), who try to orchestrate prospective matches and reassure him when those chemistry experiments explode. When Allan finds himself falling in love with Linda, the dissonance between fantasy and reality proves both funny and poignant--a precursor to the deeper emotionalism missing from the star's earlier directorial efforts that was soon to inform Allen's most affecting 70s comedies. It's also the start of his onscreen relationship with Keaton, further underscoring Allen's evolution toward a more satisfying contemplation of the friction between head and heart. --Sam Sutherland


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