Play It Again, Sam
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The working out of the parallels with Casablanca are masterly, and there are plenty of good sight gags and one-liners."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Vintage Woody Allen."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Stagey Woody Allen film with Humphrey Bogart spectre for laughs."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"It's not bad, but Woody is definitely better at directing himself."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"How can anyone not like the combo of Woody and Bogie in one movie?"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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.""
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Apart from its fantastic elements, Woody's script of Sam finds a deft blend of the comic and romantic."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, IdentityTheory
"I was laughing so hard, it was difficult to breathe."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Amusing early Allen"
‑ John Esther, Pasadena Weekly
"Very good, early Woody Allen comedy. Not as good as such films as "Bananas", "Take the Money and Run" or "Sleeper", but still better than most comedies and certainly worth a viewing."
‑ Larry Carroll,
"The cinephile's dilemma (i.e., the "watcher" versus the "doer"), with a nifty central gag"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"... an affable situation comedy focused on its characters and an extramarital romance that's no more tawdry than white wine served in a red-wine glass."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Anyone who has anguished over whether to put on Bartok or Oscar Peterson to impress visitors should check this one out . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
"Um roteiro excepcionalmente engraçado de Woody Allen, que também oferece uma atuação formidável."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This is very much one of Allen's earlier, funnier films."
‑ William Gallagher,
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