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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)
Jacobo Morales ...
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Luis (as Miguel Suarez)
David Ortiz ...
Sanchez
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Diaz (as Rene Enríquez)
Jack Axelrod ...
Arroyo
Howard Cosell ...
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Roger Grimsby ...
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Don Dunphy ...
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Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman ...
Dr. Mellish
Dan Frazer ...
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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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In an interview, Woody Allen was asked why he named the movie "Bananas". His response: "Because there are no bananas in it." A reference to the 1920s novelty song "Yes we have no bananas." See more »

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When Fielding is offering Nancy some ribs, he has his hand on his collar. In the next shot his hand is by his side. 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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1812 Overture in E Flat, Op.49
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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Laugh out loud funny, with some dull spots
19 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Woody Allen's earliest movies, and I'd rank it probably 2nd out of his pre-Annie Hall movies, only behind Love and Death. It's certainly one of his funniest. The plot is pretty ridiculous (a neurotic product tester goes to the fictional San Marcos and ends up joining the rebels and eventually becoming president), but it's really secondary, and only serves to provide transitions from one comedy skit to another.

It's pretty much a hit and miss movie, but when he hits (which is more often than not), it's very funny. There are plenty of hilarious one liners throughout. The music is very cheesy as well, but it fits in well with the silly humor. Obviously, this isn't like Woody's later movies, just take it for what it is -- a silly comedy -- and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Also of note, the opening credits are very funny and rivals Monty Python and the Holy Grail for best opening credits sequence.


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