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Author! Author! (1982)

Al Pacino , Dyan Cannon , Arthur Hiller  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Dyan Cannon, Tuesday Weld, Bob Dishy, Bob Elliott
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Writers: Israel Horovitz
  • Producers: Dorothy Wilde, Irwin Winkler
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A15FEA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Author! Author!" on IMDb

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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), French ( Mono ), Italian ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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 all those snot-nosed kids. Still and all, Pacino finds time to inaugurate an affair with his play's leading lady, played by Dyan Cannon.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...Author! Author!

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a disappointing wait June 27, 2007
I have waited for years for this movie to make it to DVD, only to be SO DISAPPOINTED with the treatment it recieved!! Not only is this a very good Al Pacino movie, but it is a very good movie period, so why when it is turned out on to DVD is it treated like a stepchild at a family reunion with the final scene left on the cutting room floor. I thought that the idea of DVD was to give the audiance what couldnt be give given on a 2 hour VHS tape, and the scene that was cut was one of the best in the film...when the kids bring him 'back down to earth' after the has spent his first day as a hit playwrite in bed. Guess I'm back to waiting for the 'soon to be released' Collector's or Deluxe Edition of this movie.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a rare Pacino comedy! December 11, 2003
By Cubist
Format:VHS Tape
Author! Author! is a guilty pleasure. It features Pacino in one of his rare forays into comedy (the other being the underrated and little-seen '70s gem, Scarecrow) as a beleaguered New York City playwright who has to juggle a houseload of kids, a wife who is cheating on him and a play that he is struggling to get off the ground.
This is a sweet, endearing film that isn't too sappy as to give you diabetes. Pacino really keeps everything grounded and delivers a wonderfully understated performance. He lets all the kids ham it up and deliver the best lines, especially, as one reviewer pointed out, the youngest one who is a really good little actor. What happened to that kid? And you've got veteran thesps like Tuesday Weld, Dyan Cannon, and my personal fave, Alan King, who doesn't do enough films, IMO.
This is one of those comfort movies that you end up turning on partway through on TV and then watch all the way to the end. There is just something about it that is so fascinating to watch. Maybe because it was so reviled by critics and ignored by audiences that it now languishes in Cable TV limbo awaiting a possible DVD release... some day?
This film is also a great snapshot of NYC circa the late '70s early '80s. The film uses its locations so well and anyone who has lived there (or still lives there) will instantly recognize certain places and areas. It's almost like stepping into a time machine to a New York that doesn't exist anymore.
Watching this movie makes me wish that Pacino would do more comedies but sadly, he has a rep for doing intense dramas and is probably only offered these kinds of films anymore.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film but..............Don't be fooled July 28, 2006
Well I love this film........................the video version........There is a problem with the dvd version and the version that has been shown on TV.......................It's missing the last scene..........If anyone has seen this film they will remeber after Ivan and the kids leave the resturant and read the review in the NY Times. The next scene is him in the waking up the next morning in bed and the kids are crowded around him with more reviews from newspapers and hitting him with a cake. Well that scene in cut from the dvd/tv showings. It ends when they read the NY Times review when they leave the resturant...........What A jip.............Now it's finally going to be relesed here in the US. I don't know if I'm going to get it. After seeing the import version. Also............the beginning credits is supposed to have the NY skyline as it's backdrop...................................No t here either.....................So I'm sticking with the original VHS version.........
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stop changing these movies December 15, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First let me say, I am glad that this is finally on DVD. I have been looking for this one. Second what is with these companies. They changed the ending. Ok, not changed it, THEY TOOK IT OUT. I enjoyed this movie when it first came out. It should how a father struggled to make ends meat with 5 kids. Having to deal with a cheating wife, and still write a play. It showed the love that a father has in these kids. Mind you only one is his. The other 4 are his by marriage and he loves them as if they were his own. But to take out the one scene that was fun and touching is stupid. What is wrong with the kids showing there father that, not only is he a success on Braodway but that he is still their Dad. I loved that scene and hoped that when it was released on DVD it would be there. But NO! They took it out and stopped it when he is reading the paper. They really need think. This is not the first movie that has been changed. I now am going to try and get the VHS instead. At least that one, hopefully they didnt change.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites! November 20, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I can't think of any other Al Pacino movies, well except Godfather, because I'm neutral about him. But this is such a sweet, over-looked movie! The kids are great, especially the youngest little boy, most of the Al's children are adopted from his horrible wife, and she is a putrid specimen of womankind! Obviously this woman read Moll Flanders, or something. . . she deposits variously fathered children with Al like he's the bank.
Al is a Broadway playwrite, living in my favorite city, New York. He's a vegetarian, looks lovingly after his 5 or so kids, while trying to write a play, get over his awful, awful wife and have a relationship with Dyan Canon. Read: He's stressed!
I put this movie in my ever-growing "Sunday afternoon, I don't feel like doing anything because the weekend's almost over" category. It will make you feel a little better about Monday.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful movie with Al Pacino at his best.
Published 2 months ago by Bernadette Hackett
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
A non-typical story of a man with four kids, 3 of whom weren't his, but his wife's by previsous marriages. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pete N. Austira
4.0 out of 5 stars A good family film
Another great job by Al Pacino. This movie is funny and heart warming. Something the whole family can watch and enjoy.
Published 3 months ago by ANGELA C
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Al Pacino
Really enjoyed this movie as a kid and it's one of those movies that's equally enjoyable today. Glad I purchased it.
Published 7 months ago by Music Movie Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought and viewed for the wrong reason
I bought this video because I wanted to see Cosmo Allegretti in a completely different role than the ones he played for many years on the Captain Kangaroo show. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sandra Grabman
5.0 out of 5 stars childhood
I saw this movie as a child and i have always loved this movie. Also I love Mr Al Pacino
Published 12 months ago by Wendy
I love this movie and waited a long time to order the DVD. I finally ordered it and how it's here there are subtle changes that kind of sour the ending. Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. Carpenter-moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Al Pacino Movie - Author, Author
I enjoyed this movie the first time I saw it and nothing has chnaged. It was still a great movie and I couldn't stop watching it until the end. Read more
Published on August 27, 2012 by Kathryn A. Stojanik
1.0 out of 5 stars 20th Century Fox cuts final scene for no reason
Why did Fox cut the scene? I, too, will stick to my faithful VHS copy. What a bunch of losers not taking into consideration the fans' opinions of the film. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by Carlo
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE
I love this movie so I was really glad to see it for sale with Amazon. You'll enjoy every minute.
Published on October 11, 2011 by A. Middleton
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I agree. I have waited a LONG time like everyone else for this to be put on DVD and I was left stunned, opened mouthed when I saw where THEY decided the ending should be. I am SO %$#@! tired of these companies altering a film that shoud be left intact as seen in the theaters.
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