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Annie Hall (1977)

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Shelley Duvall, Tony Roberts, Paul Simon, Carol Kane, Tracey Walter

Director(s): Woody Allen

Language: English

Genre: Comedy


Often considered the crown jewel in a highly acclaimed and prolific film career, ANNIE HALL is Woody Allen's only film to have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. This recognition, however, is not what makes the film significant. ANNIE HALL marks the beginning of the second phase of Allen's career as a filmmaker, abandoning the slapstick of SLEEPER and BANANAS for more thoughtful comedies (and eventually dramas) that explored human relationships and psychology. Allen's capacity as a creative... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on May 6, 2005, 5:43 pm
Doesn't get much better than this, eh Jeffy?
Classic from beginning to end. The cocaine scene, Paul Simon, even the Christopher Walken character. (Okay, okay, I know he's a good actor, just a prick in real life. You see Darrell? Just because you meet someone shouldn't influence how much you like their body of work...**cough cough MICHAEL DOUGLAS cough cough**)
My favorite line - after Diane Keaton does a bad parallel parking job and asks Woody Allen if it's okay - "It's alright, I'll walk to the curb." Priceless!
MasterWoodsman wrote on May 6, 2005, 5:56 pm
D'oh! I was gonna quote that!

In CEGEP I took a film course because I thought watching movies was a pretty easy way to get a grade. The teacher was a complete nut for Woody Allen so we watched a different one almost every class. I was brushing off my homework for this course and always submitted at the last second, so the quality was rather poor. The prof told me that I had better write a good review of this movie or he'd fail me. So I hunkered down, watched it about 4 times, and put some serious effort into it. I looked for all the subtle clues and hints in the movie and went on and on about the style and how great Allen was.

After I turned it in he asked to see me in his office. He then accused me of submitting someone else's work because it was so much better than my other stuff. I couldn't believe it! No matter how much I tried to convince him he wouldn't budge and he ended up failing me! Goes to show you how some people only look for the worst in others. But I did learn a few things about movie reviewing and appreciation, which I guess eventually turned into this board!

Now about the movie, I don't remember a thing, other than it was good, something about a floppy hat, and very similar to much of Allen's later work.
Deril wrote on May 6, 2005, 6:05 pm
The wife is nagging me, so I have no time to write...LOVE this one. I bought it recently...classic Woody Allen.
Deril wrote on May 7, 2005, 9:13 am
Mitch, first off - are you saying that Michael Douglaas can't act?? I know he's no Keanu but he can hold his own.

Secondly, Derek - So after reading yor little story let me get this straight. You "hunkered down" and watched this movie 4 times, then went on to write a paper so deep and well writen that the prof thought it was someone elses....right??
Then how is it possible that all you remember from this classic Allen film is a "floppy hat"????
What about the lobsters....?
MasterWoodsman wrote on May 7, 2005, 11:37 am
All I remember from CEGEP is Annie's, the bar down the street from it!
motleymitch wrote on May 7, 2005, 8:07 pm
Don't forget Cousino's!
That place never carded anybody!
Anyways, Darrell, Michael Douglas can hold his own, but most of his stuff is just balls.
"Ooooo look out! A stuffed lion with animatronic eyes!"
Come on, 'It's a Small World' was more life-like.
Jefferygn wrote on May 9, 2005, 4:26 pm
Mood: Having a very Alvy Singer existence
This movie is consistently in my top films of my entire viewing life. While I actually don't think it is Woody's very best, it rings so true to real life, is so sweet without being sentimental, and has so many great gags and lines, it is simply a great film. (My one criticism with the film is that it plays a little bit like a series of set pieces and gags, one after the other, rather than being a holistic story; a very MINOR criticism.)

God bless IMDB for providing some of the great quotes from the film; some of which I live my life by!

Alvy Singer: There's an old joke. Uh, two elderly women are at a Catskills 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."

Alvy Singer: I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That's the two categories. The horrible are like, I don't know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don't know how they get through life. It's amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you're miserable, because that's very lucky, to be miserable.

Alvy Singer: I though 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?" And the guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much how I feel about relationships. Y'know, they're totally irrational and crazy and absurd and, but, uh, I guess we keep going through it because, uh, most of us need the eggs.
motleymitch wrote on December 27, 2005, 1:59 am
Rewatched this the other day. Classic.
They turn down Paul Simon's offer to go to his party and when Keaton asks Allen what he wants to do instead....then cut to "The Sorrow and The Pity".....forgot about that running gag - hilarious.
Jeffy, you're what Grammie Hall would call 'a real Jew'.

And when he wonders what happened to his elementary school classmates...."I sell Talises!"

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