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Bananas (1971)

 -  Comedy  -  19 July 1971 (Sweden)
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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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Carlos Montalbán ...
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Yolanda (as Natividad Abascal)
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Diaz (as Rene Enríquez)
Jack Axelrod ...
Arroyo
Howard Cosell ...
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Roger Grimsby ...
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Stanley Ackerman ...
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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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Rated PG-13 for comic sexuality including some pin-up nudity, some drug use and crude language | See all certifications »

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19 July 1971 (Sweden)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Working title: "El Weirdo". See more »

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During the riot scene at the "embassy," the firefighter hosing down the crowd has LBFD on his turnout coat. That likely stands for Long Beach Fire Dept. The embassy is presumably located in New York which would have NYFD firefighters. See more »

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[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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Naughty Marietta
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Libretto by Rida Johnson Young
Excerpts Played and Sung on a record during the torture scene
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Often hilarious comedy with a few dead spots.
3 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Bananas" is one of Woody Allen's earliest films: a pure comedy, with some satirical and political overtones (which are about 100% on-target

  • like when the leader of the rebels becomes a dictator himself when he


rises to power). It's a strictly hit-or-miss effort, but, fortunately, the hits are definitely more than the misses. It contains many laugh-out-loud scenes; the whole courtroom sequence, his military training, the scene where he tries to pass unnoticed while he's buying a pornographic magazine, and his reaction to the line "You're not tense, are you?" are among the many highlights. It does have its dead spots, though, and some rather too obvious jokes that can't match the level of the rest (the closing sequence does not work at all, IMO). Marvin Hamlisch's score is unbelievably catchy.


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