ALVY: Hi. Oh, hi. Hi.
ANNIE: Well, bye.
ALVY: You-you play … very well.
ANNIE: Oh, yeah? So do you. Oh, God, whatta- whatta dumb thing to say, right? I mean, you say it, “You play well,” and right away … I have to say well. Oh, oh … God, Annie. Well … oh, well … la-de-da, la-de-da, la-la.
ALVY: Uh … you-you wanna lift?
ANNIE: Oh, why-uh … y-y-you gotta car?
ALVY: No, um … I was gonna take a cab.
ANNIE: Oh, no, I have a car.
ALVY: You have a car? So … I don’t understand why … if you have a car, so then-then wh-why did you say “Do
you have a car?”… like you wanted a lift?
ANNIE: I don’t … I don’t … Geez, I don’t know, I’ve … I wa- This … yeah, I got this VW out there … What a jerk, yeah. Would you like a lift?
ALVY: Sure. W-w-w-which way yuh goin’?
ANNIE: Me? Oh, downtown!
ALVY: Down- I’m-I’m goin’ uptown.
ANNIE: Oh, well, I’m goin’ uptown, too.
ALVY: Uh, well, you just said you were going downtown.
ANNIE: Yeah, well, I’m, but I … I mean, I can go uptown, too. I live uptown, but … uh, what the hell, I mean, it’d be nice having company, you know I mean, I hate driving alone.
— Annie Hall (1977), written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is awkward, suggested by Sabina Giado. Today’s suggestion by Jen Johans.
Trivia: Sigourney Weaver’s screen debut, in a non-speaking part as Alvy’s date near the end of the movie.
Dialogue On Dialogue: Annie Hall is perhaps the paradigm of awkward, as this exchange aptly demonstrates.
An added bonus! FilmIntuition suggested this:
Duane: Can I confess something? I tell you this as an artist, I think you’ll understand. Sometimes when I’m driving… on the road at night… I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion. The sound of shattering glass. The… flames rising out of the flowing gasoline.
Alvy Singer: Right. Well, I have to – I have to go now, Duane, because I, I’m due back on the planet Earth.
And here’s the scene:
Great moment, great ending line, and great setup for the car ride to the airport.