Play It Again, Sam

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  • PG
  • 1972
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 7.6  (27,836)
  • 77

Play It Again, Sam is a romantic comedy film from 1972 directed by Herbert Ross, based on a play by Woody Allen. The film stars Woody Allen as Allan Felix, a recently divorced film critic who is struggling to move on from his failed marriage. Allan seeks advice from his married friends Dick (Tony Roberts) and Linda (Diane Keaton), who try to set him up with various women.

Allan's obsession with his ex-wife, Nancy (Susan Anspach), continues to interfere with his attempts to move on. He frequently hallucinates her presence and imagines conversations with her. In an attempt to impress her, Allan enlists the help of Dick and Linda to create the perfect romantic evening, leading to several hilarious mishaps.

As Allan continues to struggle with his romantic life, he begins to find solace in the company of Linda, who is also experiencing problems in her marriage. The two begin to develop romantic feelings for each other, but Allan's insecurities and Nancy's continued presence threaten to derail any chance of a successful relationship.

Play It Again, Sam is a charming and witty film, with Woody Allen's trademark humor and neuroses on full display. The film's setting, in San Francisco during the 1970s, provides a colorful backdrop for the characters' misadventures. The film also features several clever nods to classic Hollywood cinema, including references to the film Casablanca, from which the film takes its title.

The performances of the three leads are exceptional, with Woody Allen delivering one of his most memorable performances as the anxious and lovable Allan. Diane Keaton, who had previously starred alongside Allen in the film Annie Hall, brings a raw vulnerability to her portrayal of Linda. Tony Roberts rounds out the trio with his portrayal of the womanizing Dick, whose own faults and insecurities come to the forefront as the film progresses.

Play It Again, Sam is an enjoyable and engaging film, that provides a humorous exploration of relationships, divorce, and the search for love. With its quick one-liners, hilarious mishaps, and delightful performances, the film remains a beloved classic of 1970s cinema.

Play It Again, Sam is a 1972 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6 and a MetaScore of 77.

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    1 hr 25 min
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    7.6  (27,836)
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