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Encyclopedia > Play It Again, Sam
Play It Again, Sam

original movie poster
Directed by Herbert Ross
Produced by Arthur P. Jacobs
Written by Woody Allen
Starring Woody Allen
Diane Keaton
Tony Roberts
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) May 4, 1972 U.S. release
Running time 85 min
Language English
IMDb profile

Play It Again, Sam was a play and 1972 film written by and starring Woody Allen, originally entitled Aspirins for Three. The film was directed by Herbert Ross. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Herbert David Ross (May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York - October 9, 2001 in New York City), also known as Herb Ross, was a prolific film director, producer, choreographer and actor from the 1950s to the 1990s. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... Tony Roberts (born October 22, 1939 in New York) is an film actor who is best know for his work in the films of Woody Allen. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Top grossing films The Godfather Fiddler on the Roof Diamonds Are Forever Whats Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal Dirty Harry The Last Picture Show A Clockwork Orange Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli The Hospital Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Academy Awards Best Picture... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... // Top grossing films The Godfather Fiddler on the Roof Diamonds Are Forever Whats Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal Dirty Harry The Last Picture Show A Clockwork Orange Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli The Hospital Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Academy Awards Best Picture... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Herbert David Ross (May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York - October 9, 2001 in New York City), also known as Herb Ross, was a prolific film director, producer, choreographer and actor from the 1950s to the 1990s. ...

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Summary

The original play and the movie follow the same lines: Allan Felix (played by Allen) has just been through a messy divorce. His two friends, Linda (Diane Keaton) and Dick (Tony Roberts), attempt to convince him to go out with women again. He agrees, and throughout the film, he is seen receiving dating advice from the ghost of Humphrey Bogart, who of course is visible and audible only to Allan. Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... Tony Roberts (born October 22, 1939 in New York) is an film actor who is best know for his work in the films of Woody Allen. ... Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American actor. ...


As the film goes on we see that, when it comes to women, Allan puts on a false mask, a facade. He attempts to become sexy and sophisticated, only to end up ruining his chances by being too nervous. Eventually he develops feelings for Linda, around whom he feels relatively at ease and does not so much feel the need to don the mask.


However, as she is married to Dick, their relationship is ultimately doomed, just as it was for Rick (Bogart) and Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) in the 1942 film, Casablanca. The ending is a parody of Casablanca's famous ending. The fog, the trenchcoats worn and the dialogue are all reminiscent of the film, as Allan nobly explains to Linda why she has to go with her husband, rather than staying behind with Allan.   (pronounced in Swedish, but usually in English, IPA notation) (August 29, 1915 – August 29, 1982) was a three-time Academy Award-winning and two-time Emmy Award-winning Swedish actress. ... Casablanca is an Oscar-winning 1942 romance film set during World War II in the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca. ...


Trivia

  • Woody Allen and Diane Keaton first met playing their roles on Broadway. By the time the play opened, they were lovers. When it closed, in 1970, they stopped living together.
  • Allen was fully aware that Bogart never actually said "Play It Again, Sam" in Casablanca. The title was chosen due to its clichéd familiarity. This is in keeping with the Bogart characterization, which itself is a cliché.
  • The Bogart character's comment, "You're as nervous as Lizabeth Scott was just before I blew her brains out!" is a reversal of the way it actually happened in Dead Reckoning.
  • His character is said to be 29. In real life he was 35.
  • A character by the name of Woody Allen appears in an episode of Quantum Leap (tv series) named Play It Again, Seymour. Where Sam leaps into a detective investigating the murder of his partner, and eventually ends in a scene parodying the final scene of Casablanca

Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Lizabeth Scott Lizabeth Scott (born September 29, 1922) is an American actress. ... Dead Reckoning is a 1947 Columbia motion picture starring Humphrey Bogart and Lizabeth Scott. ... Quantum Leap is an American science fiction television series that ran for 95 episodes from March 1989 to May 1993 on the NBC network. ... For other uses, see Casablanca (disambiguation). ...

Quote

Allan Felix is trying to make conversation with a morose-looking woman at an art museum:

Allan: That's quite a lovely Jackson Pollock, isn't it?
Woman: Yes, it is.
Allan: What does it say to you?
Woman (speaking in monotone): It restates the negativeness of the universe. The hideous lonely emptiness of existence. Nothingness. The predicament of man forced to live in a barren, godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void with nothing but waste, horror, and degradation, forming a useless, bleak straitjacket in a black, absurd cosmos.
Allan: What are you doing Saturday night?
Woman: Committing suicide.
Allan: What about Friday night?
(She gives him a look and walks away)

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See also

Casablanca is an Oscar-winning 1942 romance film set during World War II in the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca. ...

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