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Author! Author! (1982)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 18 June 1982 (USA)
While facing the stress of his play being produced on Broadway, a playwright deals with having to raise his son, his stepdaughters, and his stepsons.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Israel Horovitz
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Ivan Travalian
Dyan Cannon ... Alice Detroit
Tuesday Weld ... Gloria Travalian
Bob Dishy ... Morris Finestein
Bob Elliott ... Patrick Dicker
Ray Goulding ... Jackie Dicker
Eric Gurry Eric Gurry ... Igor
Elva Josephson Elva Josephson ... Bonnie (as Elva Leff)
B.J. Barie B.J. Barie ... Spike
Ari Meyers ... Debbie
Benjamin H. Carlin Benjamin H. Carlin ... Geraldo
Alan King ... Kreplich
Ken Sylk Ken Sylk ... Roger Slessinger
James Tolkan ... Lt. Glass
Tony Munafo Tony Munafo ... Officer Kapinsky
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Storyline

Playwright Travalian feels pulled limb from limb these days. He has a Broadway play in rehearsal and they want rewrites. His tramp wife is leaving him, leaving him as well with four children from her previous marriages plus his own son. And his lead actress wants to move in with him but isn't used to kids. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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The play must go on, and so must his family. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avec les compliments de l'auteur See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,279,260, 20 June 1982

Gross USA:

$13,111,101

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,111,101
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 2nd February 1982 edition of show-business trade paper 'Daily Variety' reported that some delays in production were allegedly due to on-set creative differences between star 'Al Pacino' and producer Irwin Winkler where Pacino allegedly repetitively showed up late to the set. See more »

Goofs

When Ivan and Alice meet at the plaza, Alice has 3 glasses of champagne and 3 aspirin in front of her, which she sips from and swallows during the conversation. She takes more than 3 aspirin, although 3 are clearly shown. And the liquid levels in the champagne glasses change from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Ivan: Okay, Gloria!
[picking up a table]
Ivan: Sit down or I'm gonna hit you with this chair!
Gloria Travalian: That's a table.
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Alternate Versions

The 2005 Region 2 DVD, and the 2007 Region 1 DVD, which were both released by Fox Video, contains the following changes: Alternate opening title credits (white titles over black background). No title credit to both the song 'Coming Home To You' and the song's vocalist and writers (Michael Franks, Alan and Marilyn Bergman). Johnny Mandel credited as the film's composer. Film ending with Ivan and the kids at the newstand. Previous video releases by 20th Century Fox Video, CBS/Fox Video, and Fox Video contains the opening credits in white text playing over the NYC skyline backdrop to the set in the playhouse, a title credit to both the song Coming Home To You, and its vocalist and writers (Michael Franks, Alan and Marilyn Bergman), David Grusin credited as the film's composer, and the film ending with the kids celebrating Ivan's success by pouring champagne and cake on him while he is in bed. David Grusin was hired to rescore Johnny Mandel's original score. David Grusin's score is heard in the final film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Frasier: Author, Author (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Comin' Home To You
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Michael Franks
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Actor, Actor (dvd)
20 April 2008 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

If you want to know why Pacino is my favorite one, just watch this little movie!

OK, this isn't a great drama, the action is scarce, the story seems a bit forgotten, the start is low, but Paccino shines all along.

As in the "Godfather" or "Carlito's Way", he is at his best when showing contradictions: he can be very confident and persuasive and in the same time, totally lost and unsure: an American "Romain Duris", my french favorite! With this split, comes his famous broken voice and his legendary angers: terrible and with a minimum of moves!

Here, he is a writer but in need of recognition, a good father but a bad husband! And it happens in his town, New-York (try to count his movies outside the big apple and you've got only a handful!).

And icing on the cake: First, the kids! they are funny and it would be interesting to see if they got a career! And a time-travel for 25 years! It is always a surprise to see how those 80's movies seems very old now!


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