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Author! Author!1982

Author! Author! (1982)




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Pestered by his unstable wife and their unruly children, a playwright has a difficult time getting his work done. Just as he is finishing his latest play, his wife leaves him. Unfortunately, she leaves him with the children, many of whom are the products of her previous marriages.

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Al Pacino
as Ivan Travalian
Dyan Cannon
as Alice Detroit
Tuesday Weld
as Gloria Travalian
Alan King
as Kreplich
Bob Dishy
as Finestein
Ray Goulding
as Jackie Dicker
Bob Elliott
as Patrick Dicker
Elva Leff
as Bonnie
Ari Meyers
as Debbie
Ken Sylk
as Roger Slessinger
James Tolkan
as Lt. Glass
Tony Munafo
as Officer Kapinsky
Reuben Singer
as Oliver Cromwell
Cosmo Allegretti
as Fippsy Fippininni
Kevin McClarnon
as Ted Brawn
Richard Belzer
as Seth Shapiro
Judy Graubart
as Miss Knoph
Jaime Tirelli
as Taxi Driver
Frederic Kimball
as Larry Kotzwinkle
Denny Dillon
as Young Woman
Jean-Pierre Stewart
as French Student
Christal Kim
as Grunella
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Critic Reviews for Author! Author!

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

That unwillingness to really be about its characters is fatal to Author! Author!

May 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A felicitously funny collaboration. New York to the core.

November 10, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

There are no easy answers. And thankfully, Horovitz doesn't fake any; he lets us savor his hero's difficulty, at the same time taking a sharp, funny and satiric look at the Broadway and New York literary crowds.

November 10, 2021 | Full Review…

The plot never progresses. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The message isn't extremely profound, which is too bad because as a whole, the film is somewhat lousy.

August 19, 2019 | Full Review…

...a subdued and often exceedingly deliberate drama that nevertheless remains quite watchable for the duration of its (overlong) running time...

September 25, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Author! Author!

Sandwiched between the controversial Cruising and the controversial Scarface lies this Al Pacino vehicle that finds him as a dysfunctional play write, juggling a dead marriage, a house full of kids, and a fully backed play perpetually looking for its 3rd act. AP stars as Ivan Travalian, the atypical New York writer who comes home one day to find that his wife (TW) has left, leaving kids from various marriages throughout the house. Hilarity ensues as Ivan struggles to maintain a household, a career, and figure out whether or not he still loves his wife or the star of his play (DC). Author! Author! feels like a sitcom. I mean it really feels like a sitcom to the point that you'll be in hysterics at the title theme song. Pure Friday night on ABC drivel that doesn't really go anywhere, just spinning around in circles. The only thing that progresses in this film is the play. Everyone is in the same place as they were in the film, with Pacino epiphany being unheralded and lacking everything. Tuesday Weld plays her role as sympathetic to start, then you just don't care about the selfish.... Dyan Cannon is the rebound and pretty much disappears when her part of the story is over, which is sadly the best part of the film. If they could have dove into their relationship and how another adult deals with the offspring of another it would have made this film much more interesting. But it abandons that idea half way into it. Did AP lose his way after the greatness of his 70's films? It's hard to say, but AA is an unexcited, dull adventure into divorce

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

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Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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Hokey but pleasant and any movie with that cast is at least worth one viewing.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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