The ''Erin Brockovich'' screenwriter shares film scripts she envies

By Susannah Grant
Updated October 25, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

CASABLANCA by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch
”’Everybody comes to Rick’s…. I was misinformed…. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble…. Round up the usual suspects.’ The script is like a cover-to-cover greatest hits album of perfect lines.”

TOOTSIE by Larry Gelbart, Murray Schisgal, and Don McGuire
”I know it took roughly 35 embittered writers something like half a century to write, but virtually every structural problem is solved somewhere in it. A great script to turn to in a jam.”

WITNESS by Earl W. Wallace and William Kelley
”A gorgeous story with practically no dialogue. Reminds you how much more powerful images are than words.”

TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY by Anthony Minghella
”The ending is one of the most touching acts of love I’ve ever seen in a movie.”

ANNIE HALL by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman
”Do I really need to say why? Don’t we all love it for the same reasons?”