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Author! Author!

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Author! Author! (1982)
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The play must go on, and so must his family.

They share the laughter, the love, the frustration... and the bathroom.

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

Successful playwright Al Pacino can't get any work done as long as he is pestered by his wacko wife Tuesday Weld. Making things worse are the couple's obstreperous children, many of them products of her previous marriages. Just as Pacino is completing his latest work, his wife walks out on him. That's the good news: the bad news is that he's saddled with a bunch of snot-nosed kids. Still and all, Pacino finds time to inaugurate an affair with his play's leading lady, played by Dyan Cannon, while attempting to juggle the stresses of opening night with the needs of the demanding, often obnoxious children.

Author! Author! is a 1982 film directed by Arthur Hiller, written by Israel Horovitz and is loosely autobiographical. It stars Al Pacino, Dyan Cannon and Tuesday Weld.
It concerns the familial and relationship troubles of a stressed Armenian-American Broadway writer, Ivan Travalian (Pacino), as he struggles to write an original play entitled, English with Tears.

Author! Author! received negative reviews from critics. In his review for the Globe and Mail, Jay Scott criticized the performances of the child actors: "The brood is composed of the most appalling set of exhibitionistic child actors this side of Eight is Enough", and felt "that this comedy is not funny is bad enough; that it is resolutely and maliciously anti-female is unforgivable".[4] Newsweek magazine's Jack Kroll wrote, "there's nothing sadder than a movie that tries to be adorable and isn't. Author! Author! tries so hard that the screen seems to sweat".[5] In his review for the Washington Post, Gary Arnold criticized Pacino's performance: "Pacino's maddening articulation would seem to argue against further flings at comedy. Line after line is obscured by his whispery mumble, and this mangled speech seems particularly inappropriate in a character who's supposed to be a playwright".[6] The film was nominated for a Razzie Awards for Worst Original Song for Comin' Home to You.


Release Date: June 18, 1982

Distrib: 20th Century Fox

Boxoffice: $13,111,101 2013: $36,390,000


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