Play it Again Sam (1972) Woody Allen  » Movies  »
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  • This movie is not often shown on television, but I would recommend you get the DVD if you like Woody Allen, or even if you like Bogart and you have a sense of humour

    • by jeanne71
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      Play it Again Sam is a 1972 movie directed by Herbert Ross, not Woody Allen himself, but it is written by and starring Woody Allen, as the highly neurotic film ‘Alan’. Although he did not direct this film, the humor is wonderfully neurotic Woody Allen at its best. As it is one of his earlier movies, the gags are often based on his inadequacies around women and slapstick humour, which is

      done very well and it is hysterically funny.

      That said, the film is quite ingenious too. Alan is obsessed with Humphrey Bogart, and the film starts as Alan is staring open-mouthed at the end scene of Casablanca. He thinks he will never be cool like Bogart, but Bogart, in the form of a brilliant impersonator, shows up and stays with him throughout much of the movie to give him advice ...


      • on how to be more like him.

        Diane Keaton plays the wife of his best friend and he ends up getting the hots for her and gets the chance to prove that there is a part of him that is as cool as Bogart.

        The look of this film is so 1970s, it is really dated, but that never puts me off. It has many hilarious moments, with Woody Allen at his self-depreciating best

        and some clever slapstick scenes. It has real clips of Casablanca and the ending of the film comes wraps the film up beautifully.

        This movie is not often shown on television, but I would recommend you get the DVD if you like Woody Allen, or even if you like Bogart and you have a sense of humour. I always put this on for a guaranteed laugh and I never tire of watching it.




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