Film: Play It Again Sam
Play It Again, Sam is a 1972 comedy movie directed by Herbert Ross and adapted from the Broadway play by Woody Allen, who also stars in it.It follows the romantic trials and life of San Francisco movie buff and film critic Allan Felix, who is neurotic, shy, fanatical about films, and obsessed with the film Casablanca. Allan tries to model his behavior after the personality of its tough-guy actor Humphrey Bogart.
This film includes examples of:
- Book Ends: The movie begins with Allan watching the final scene of Casablanca. It ends with Allan reenacting that scene, with himself in the Rick role and Linda and Dick as Ilsa and Victor
- Can't Hold His Liquor: A single sip of scotch puts Allan into a cartoonish flailing fit and a dead faint.
- Comically Missing the Point: Allan, about his analyst:Allan: Even if I could reach him, what's the point? He'd just say it was a sexual problem. How could it be a sexual problem? [My ex-wife and I] weren't even having relations.
- Gratuitous Italian: In one of Allan's fantasies about telling Dick he's in love with Linda, he imagines them in an Italian movie, complete with Italian dialogue (mostly cursing, in Dick's case.)
- Imaginary Friend: Allan begins to imagine that he's getting advice from Humphrey Bogart.
- Matchmaker Crush: Inverted, as Allan falls in love with Linda, his matchmaker. Played straight, in that she falls in love with him too.
- The Movie Buff: Allan, naturally.
- Running Gag: Dick calling people to tell them the phone number at which he can be reached.
- Shout-Out: Allan is a huge Humphrey Bogart fan, so there are multiple references to Bogart movies, particularly the final scene, which is almost identical to the final scene of Casablanca. Most of Allan's dialogue is identical to Bogart's dialogue in that scene.