Sunday, October 23, 2011

Play It Again, Sam (1972)

Director: Herbert Ross. Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts. 85 min. Rated PG. Comedy.

The Woody Allen version of Casablanca. The ever-neurotic Allen is recently divorced and in search of semi-true love, and after several failed attempts with advice from Humphrey Bogart's ghost along the way, finds it in his best friend's wife (played by Keaton), leading to a familiar but hilarious ending in the airport. A must-see for fans of the classic.

Mo says:


  1. I think Woody Allan is the only one in the world eligible to write such funny version of a dreaming movie like Casablanca but never hurts its seriuos fans !His sense of humor is exceptional ! I laughed so hard in that final scene in airport along with famous dialogues when in classic it always made me pensive and affected . !!Poor Allan! He was not as lucky as boggy at least he would reject the affair at first or have somebody to company him in that famous smog !,
    How funny were most of dialogues like in that –painting exhibition with that nihilistic girl:
    "What are you doing Saturday night?" "Committing suicide." "About Friday night?"

    Thanks again for another great recommendation.

  2. You're very welcome. I was surprised to see the movie wasn't directed by Allen. But then again, he wrote the screenplay, and every inch of this movie is Allen - with all his memorable one-liners. I thought the best sequence was where Bogart tries to push him to "propose" to Linda, but my favorite dialogue was this:

    Allan: If that plane leaves the ground, and you're not on it with him, you'll regret it - maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.

    Linda: That's beautiful!

    Allan: It's from Casablanca; I waited my whole life to say it.