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Author! Author! (1982)

An ill-cast but effective Al Pacino is having a host of domestic troubles as playwright Ivan Travalian. His wife has left him for a guy called Larry Kotzwinkle, and there are five kids to support.

Add to that the fact that his latest play is about to open on Broadway but it’s not ready, the director is incompetent and there’s no lead actress and you might see why Ivan’s not a happy man.

There is a sort of rough-edged charm to this comedy, largely thanks to the blissful performances of clever Dyan Cannon and the sublime Tuesday Weld as the women in Pacino’s life, but the material involving the threesome’s respective offspring is extraordinarily tasteless.

Added to that, director Arthur Hiller has a tough time finding the requisite lightness of touch to make all the shenanigans convincing.

Ivan Travalian
Al Pacino
Alice Detroit
Dyan Cannon
Gloria
Tuesday Weld
Kreplich
Alan King
Finestein
Bob Dishy
Patrick Dicker
Bob Elliott
Igor
Eric Curry
Bonnie
Elva Leff
Spike
B J Barie
Debbie
Ari Meyers
Geraldo
Benjamin H Carlin
Seth Shapiro
Richard Belzer
JJ
Andre Gregory

Director
Arthur Hiller