->''I thought of that old joke, y'know, the, this... this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And, uh, the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y'know, they're totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and... but, uh, I guess we keep goin' through it because, uh, most of us... need the eggs.''
->-- '''Alvy Singer'''
''Annie Hall'' (1977) is an American romantic comedy film directed by Creator/WoodyAllen from a script co-written with Marshall Brickman. One of Allen's most popular films, it won numerous awards at the time of its release, including four AcademyAwards, and in 2002 Creator/RogerEbert referred to it as "just about everyone's favorite Woody Allen movie".
Allen had previously been known as a maker of zany comedies; the director has described ''Annie Hall'' as "a major turning point", as it brought a new level of seriousness to his work, in addition to consolidating his signature cinematic style, which includes long, realistically written scenes of conversation, often shot in uninterrupted takes, and an equal thematic investment in both hilarity and heartbreak.
The film was originally written as a murder mystery, but Allen and editor Ralph Rosenblum chopped off the mystery parts, and turned the film into a romantic comedy being told by Alvy. Allen would later use the murder mystery plot for ''Manhattan Murder Mystery'', which starred Allen and Keaton as a married couple, which many consider a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Annie Hall''.
!!Provides Examples Of:
* ActorAllusion: Annie arrives to meet Alvy while a group of stereotypical Italian-Americans are hounding him for autographs. He immediately describes them to her as "the cast of ''Film/TheGodfather''" - the movie that arguably ''made'' Diane Keaton's career.
** Also one of the actors playing the autograph hounds (Rick Petruccelli) had a very small role in ''Film/TheGodfather''.
* AllMenArePerverts / AllWomenArePrudes:
--> '''Separate therapists''': Do you have sex often?
--> '''Alvy''': Hardly ever. Maybe three times a week.
--> '''Annie''': Constantly. I'd say three times a week.
* AllStarCast: Look at the poster.
* TheAntiNihilist: A number of Alvy's opinions on life and relationships ''reek'' of pessimism and nihilism, best exemplified by the film's opening lines,
--> '''Alvy:''' There's an old joke, um... Two elderly women are at a Catskill Mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life--full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly.
:: This, however, is turned around when Alvy shares another joke at the very end of the film (See the page quote, at the top of the page) and rationalizes that he has a reason to endure all of the absurdity and suffering "because he needs the eggs". The theme is also exemplified through Dr. Flicker's viewpoint in his talk with young Alvy and his mother, when young Alvy had concluded that nothing is important because the the universe is expanding and everything in existence will fall apart.
--> '''Dr. Flicker:''' It won't be expanding for billions of years yet, Alvy. And we've gotta try to enjoy ourselves while we're here!
* AuthorAvatar: Hmmmm...Alvy's neurotic, Jewish, from New York, with a fixation on Diane Keaton, who is also incidentally a stand-up comic...nope, probably just a coincidence...
* BetterAsFriends: Alvy realizes this at the end of the film.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Alvy does this multiple times throughout the film where he directly addresses the audience about the situations that he finds himself in.
* TheCameo: literature and mass media critic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan Marshall McLuhan]] as himself.
** Additionally, when they're in the park making comments about passersby, the man they dub "[[YourCostumeNeedsWork Winner of the Truman Capote lookalike contest]]" actually was Truman Capote.
* ConspiracyTheorist: Alvy is a mild case. He uses speculations about the JFK assassination to avoid sex with his first wife.
%%* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Too many to list.
* BlackComedyRape: "My grammy never gave gifts. She was too busy getting raped by Cossacks."
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "Don't knock masturbation, it's sex with someone I love!"
* DeadpanSnarker: Alvy, of course, but Annie gets her shots in.
-->'''Alvy:''' I can't go into a movie that's already started, because I'm anal.
-->'''Annie:''' That's a ''polite'' word for what you are.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "You mean that my whole fallacy is wrong!"
* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl. Subverted, in that both realize they're BetterAsFriends.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Annie herself, and (worse) her brother Dwayne.
** Alvy himself proves to be a horrible driver when he takes out an entire parking lot in Los Angeles. Yes, he had just lost Annie, but after the first couple of fender benders, that's no excuse.
*** Hey, the guy's [[JustifiedTrope a lifelong New Yorker]].
* FacePalm: Alvy does this in a flashback to his childhood:
--> '''Alvy (voice-over):''' And Ivan Ackerman. Always the wrong answer. Always.
-->'''Ivan Ackerman:''' Seven and three is nine.
* FreudianSlip: A ton. For example:
-->'''Alvy:''' What did the doctor say?
-->'''Annie:''' Well, she said that I should probably come five times a week. And you know something? I don't think I mind analysis at all. The only question is, is 'Will it change my wife?'
-->'''Alvy:''' Will it change your ''wife''?!
-->'''Annie:''' Will it change my life?
-->'''Alvy:''' Yeah, but you said, 'Will it change my wife?'
-->'''Annie:''' No I didn't. I said, 'Will it change my life, Alvy?'
-->'''Alvy:''' ''(directly to audience)'' She said, 'Will it change my wife?' You heard that, because you were there. So I'm not crazy.
* FunWithSubtitles: Alvy and Annie's first awkward conversation comes with these.
* GodwinsLaw: "What's with all these awards? They're always giving out awards! Best Fascist Dictator: AdolfHitler!"
-->'''Duane''': Can I confess something? I tell you this as an artist, I think you'll understand. Sometimes when I'm driving... on the road at night... I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion. The sound of shattering glass. The... flames rising out of the flowing gasoline.
-->'''Alvy''': Right. Well, I have to - I have to go now, Duane, because I, I'm due back on the planet Earth.
* ImagineSpot: Seamlessly integrated in many times, most notably the scene in the movie theater line where he pulls in Marshall [=McLuhan=] to disprove a blowhard prattling on and on about him. "Boy, if life were only like this!"
* IWasQuiteALooker: Alvy's elderly aunt.
-->'''Aunt Tessie:''' I was quite a lively dancer!
* LaughTrack: Rob's use of it to boost his sitcom drives Alvy bonkers, calling it "immoral".
-->'''Alvy:''' Is there booing there?
* LoveAllegory: "A relationship is like a shark. It has to constantly move forward or it dies."
-->'''Alvy:''' Stop calling me "Max".
-->'''Rob:''' Why, Max? It's a good name for you.
** RealitySubtext: Woody Allen always used "Max" as his fake name in hotel registers.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Annie. Played straight, then [[SubvertedTrope subverted.]]
* MediumBlending: Alvy and the Evil Queen from ''Disney/SnowWhite''.
* MinnesotaNice: The Wisconsin-born Annie is a combination of MinnesotaNice and ManicPixieDreamGirl. Also her relatives in the Easter dinner scene: "I can't believe this family... They're talking swap meets and boat basins and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick the old lady at the end of the table is a classic Jew hater.]]"
* NoFourthWall: Which makes sense, since the ''entire'' film is a story that Alvy is telling the viewer.
* PowderGag: The coke-sniffing scene.
* RacistGrandma: Grammy Hall.
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Averted for the most part.
* RomanticComedy: A rare example with a BittersweetEnding.
* RummageSaleReject: This film made the look famous.
* SelfDeprecation: Well, it's Woody Allen. What do you expect?
* SexChangesEverything: Averted when Alvy and Annie have sex for the first time.
* SliceOfLife: It is a somewhat autobiographical slice of Alvy's life
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Alvy is on the cynical side. "I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable."
* SpeechCentricWork, as specifically noted by Creator/RogerEbert:
--> "Few viewers probably notice how much of ''Annie Hall'' consists of people talking, simply talking. They walk and talk, sit and talk, go to shrinks, go to lunch, make love and talk, talk to the camera, or launch into inspired monologues like Annie's free-association as she describes her family to Alvy."
* SplitScreen: Used several times to comedic effect.
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: "16 years old! Can you imagine the mathematical possibilities?"
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: Remember Duane's speech about intentially crashing his car into another head-on? Guess who is driving a relaxed Annie and a terrified, wary Alvy to the airport? At night? ''In the rain?'' '''''With a car passing by in the opposite lane?'''''
* UnreliableNarrator: Alvy, by his own admission, has "some trouble between fantasy and reality".
** Deconstructed by Alvy's play, in which it repeats the same California health food restaurant scene, but changed to reflect Alvy's desires.
--->'''Alvy:''' What do you want from me? It was my first play.
* WordOfGod: Invoked in-story with Marshall [=McLuhan=].