PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM (1972)
It was a remake of his successful Broadway play of the same name and it's remembered as a Woody Allen film but he turned to Herbert Ross to direct it. The lead players in the play, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts and Jerry Lacy all reprised their roles for the movie. The play was set in Manhattan, the movie so planned also, but a film workers strike in New York when shooting was scheduled to begin brought it instead to San Francisco - instead of being a resident of W. 10th Street, Allen's address became a North Beach apartment. While the classic movie 'Casablanca' had a strong influence on and was regularly referenced in this movie, the expression 'Play It Again, Sam' was never actually a part of the Casablanca script.
Film critic Allan Felix (Woody Allen) was jolted and jilted when his wife Nancy (Susan Anspach) walks out on him, casting aspersions on, amongst other things, his lack of sexual competence. He watches the classic movie Casablanca and marvels at Humphrey Bogart's insouciant attitude to women. His best friends, a married couple Linda (Diane Keaton) and Dick (Tony Roberts), try to console him by lining him up with a series of dates but his insecurities guarantee a hilarious succession of failures. Even the conjured smack-em-in-the-teeth advice of an apparition, an avatar, of Bogart (Jerry Lacy) struggles to boost his self-confidence. Allan slowly comes to realize that the woman for him is Linda, leading to a denouement straight out of Casablanca.
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