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Author! Author! (1982)

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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Anyone can be a father. But not every father deserves a standing ovation. See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1983 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

'n goed stuk is nooit weg See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,279,260, 20 June 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,111,101
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two movies released in 1982 by the 20th Century Fox studio that were directed by Arthur Hiller. The other picture was Making Love (1982). 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

Drug Dealer: You shove, shoot it, snort it. I gotta sell it.
Travalian: Look, my kid's in the business.
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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 »


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Comin' Home To You
Music by Dave Grusin
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Michael Franks
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Author! Author! is very heartwarming!
11 January 2006 | by pecaro0518See all my reviews

I love this movie because it's a true "feel-good" movie. The kids in the movie certainly steal the show, making us laugh over and over again. We can all relate to some or all of the kids as we're taken back in time to the early 80's. Their innocent insights to grown up situations, as well as their comedic delivery make for a very funny movie. Al Pacino (the author!) leads us through this movie as the caring father of this group of kids, sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always loving, and you simply can't go wrong with Al Pacino! Alan King's dry humor adds a really nice touch to the movie. Take the time to watch this movie with your family, it'll warm all your hearts! My husband and I need to replace our worn out copy, which we never tire of watching over and over.


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