When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Montalbán ...
Nati Abascal ...
Yolanda (as Natividad Abascal)
Jacobo Morales ...
Luis (as Miguel Suarez)
David Ortiz Angleró ...
Diaz (as Rene Enríquez)
Jack Axelrod ...
Howard Cosell ...
Howard Cosell
Roger Grimsby ...
Roger Grimsby
Don Dunphy ...
Don Dunphy
Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman ...
Dr. Mellish


Fielding Mellish (a consumer products tester) becomes infatuated with Nancy (a political activist). He attends demonstrations and tries in other ways to convince her that he is worthy of her love, but Nancy wants someone with greater leadership potential. Fielding runs off to San Marcos where he joins the rebels and eventually becomes President of the country. While on a trip to the states, he meets Nancy again and she falls for him now that he is a political leader. Written by Scott R. Vaughn <scott@vaughn.hon.msu.edu>

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The Revolutionist That Shook the World With LAUGHTER!




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19 July 1971 (Sweden)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Sylvester Stallone appears uncredited as a subway thug. This was one of his earliest film roles, not a cameo. According to website Every Woody Allen Movie, "Allen initially sent Stallone back to the casting agency after deciding he wasn't 'tough-looking' enough. Stallone pleaded with him, and eventually convinced him to change his mind". See more »


When Fielding is driving his Volkswagen and talking, there is a shot where his lips clearly aren't moving. See more »


[first lines]
Don Dunphy: Good afternoon. Wide World of Sports is in the little republic of San Marcos where we're going to bring you a live, on the spot assassination. They're going to kill the president of this lovely Latin American country and replace him with a military dictatorship. And everybody is about as excited and tense as can be. The weather on this Sunday afternoon is perfect; and if you've just joined us, we've seen a series of colorful riots that started with the traditional bombing of the ...
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In the opening credits, the credits flash in time to the music. Additionally, the cards are shot with machine gun fire. See more »


References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »


1812 Overture in E Flat, Op.49
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
[In the score during the eating scenes with a rebel woman]
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The title says it all
28 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Bananas" is just that on the surface - a crazy, off the wall movie written by, directed by, and starring a very young Woody Allen as a clumsy New Yorker who winds up as the leader of a small country. In the beginning, Allen plays a product tester whose parents are surgeons (in fact, he walks in on them at one point while they're performing surgery, and they have him take over the reins). He basically just wants to get laid, and when a young activist (Louise Lasser) appears at his door with a petition, he sees an opportunity. The two eventually break up, and in despair, he quits his job and goes to San Marcos, one of her causes. There he becomes a pawn in the revolution, later becoming their leader dressed like Castro but with a red beard.

Only Allen could have imagined this, and it's quite brilliant. Underneath the one-liners and crazy situations is a statement about the war in Vietnam and the way it was reduced to sports reporting on television. To make his point, Howard Cossell is on hand for a play by play of the character's wedding night before an audience.

Total Woody, with some hilarious moments. Highly recommended.

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