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Play It Again, Sam


playitagainsamFilm critic Allan Felix’s (Woody Allen) wife leaves him and he looks to Humphrey Bogart’s tough-guy characters to find inspiration in his search for a new girlfriend. Allen and Diane Keaton repeated their Broadway performances in this film adaptation, the first movie they did together. Director Herbert Ross has essentially delivered a film Allen could have made himself, a funny, imaginative portrayal of the dating scene and its many challenges. Having a stereotypical Bogey act like an angel on Felix’s shoulder is a nice touch, and the last scene is a clever homage to the ending of Casablanca (1942). Charming performances by the two leads.

1972-U.S. 87 min. Color. Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs. Directed by Herbert Ross. Screenplay, Play: Woody Allen. Cast: Woody Allen (Allan Felix), Diane Keaton (Linda Christie), Tony Roberts (Dick Christie), Jerry Lacy, Susan Anspach, Jennifer Salt.

Quote: “My parents never got divorced, although I begged them to.” (Allen)

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