Bananas (1971)

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


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 <>

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19 July 1971 (Sweden)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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The movie was made and released around the time just before the film's lead stars Woody Allen and Louise Lasser had been married but were divorced in early 1970. See more »


When Mellish accidently injects everyone with sodium pentothal during an abduction on a street in San Marcos there is a blue station wagon parked in front of them with a New York State license plate. 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 »


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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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Woody Allen's best comedy
2 September 2003 | by (San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

This is one of Woody Allen's earliest films -which should rank with the all-time greatest comedies. Although it was made back when the trial of The Chicago Seven was still fresh and Tobacco was still advertised on television, Bananas is timeless and still topical: J. Edgar Hoover in drag; the CIA sending US troops to fight on both sides of a revolution because they are afraid of being on the wrong side. One can usually recall a few scenes from a good movie, but Bananas is one of those great movies which one can replay in the mind from beginning to end. (Bananas is neatly bracketed at the beginning and end by Howard Cossell playing himself in bizarre Wide World of Sports coverages.) Allen has total control as writer, director and lead actor as in his later films, but in Bananas, the humor is broader and more cinematic. He plays the nebbish Fielding Mellish with less of the existential whining that mars his later films. There is a youthful resiliance like a toy punching bag that keeps coming back up. That is what made Chaplin's little tramp both comical and endearing.

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