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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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Fielding Mellish
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Nancy
Carlos Montalbán ...
General Emilio M. Vargas
Nati Abascal ...
Yolanda (as Natividad Abascal)
Jacobo Morales ...
Esposito
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Luis (as Miguel Suarez)
David Ortiz Angleró ...
Sanchez
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Diaz (as Rene Enríquez)
Jack Axelrod ...
Arroyo
Howard Cosell ...
Howard Cosell
Roger Grimsby ...
Roger Grimsby
Don Dunphy ...
Don Dunphy
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Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman ...
Dr. Mellish
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Priest
Martha Greenhouse ...
Dr. Feigen
Axel Anderson ...
Man Tortured
Tigre Pérez ...
Perez (as Tigre Perez)
Baron De Beer ...
British Ambassador
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Judge
John Braden ...
Prosecutor
Ted Chapman ...
Policeman
Dorothi Fox ...
J. Edgar Hoover (as Dorthi Fox)
Dagne Crane ...
Sharon
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Paul (as Ed Barth)
Nicholas Saunders ...
Douglas
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Semple
Eulogio Peraza ...
The Interpreter
Norman Evans ...
Senator
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FBI Man #1 (as Robert O'Connel)
Robert Dudley ...
FBI Man #2
Marilyn Hengst ...
Norma
Ed Crowley ...
FBI Security
Beeson Carroll ...
FBI Security
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Man on Cross
Princess Fatosh ...
Snake Bite Lady
Dick Callinan ...
Cigarette Commercial Man
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Patient In Operating Room (as Hy Anzel)
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Subway Thug #2 (uncredited)
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Woman in Hotel Lobby Cheering Honeymoon (uncredited)
Ines Hellendall ...
Patron (uncredited)
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Subway Thug #1 (uncredited)
Willy Switkes ...
Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen ... (written by) &
Mickey Rose ... (written by)

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Jack Grossberg ... producer
Charles H. Joffe ... executive producer
Ralph Rosenblum ... associate producer
Jack Rollins ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Marvin Hamlisch

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Andrew M. Costikyan ... director of photography

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Ron Kalish ... film editor
Ralph Rosenblum

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Susan Behr ... assistant editor

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Vicky Hernández ... (as Vicky Hernandez)

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Ed Wittstein

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Herbert F. Mulligan

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Gene Coffin

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Guy Del Russo ... makeup

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Morton Gorowitz ... unit production manager
Robert J. Koster ... production manager (uncredited)

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Fred T. Gallo ... first assistant director
Michael Behrman ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Connie Brink ... property master (as Conrad Brink)
Merle Eckert ... set constructor
Eugene Powell ... scenic chargeman (as Eugene M. Powell)

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Nathan Boxer ... sound
Al Gramaglia ... sound rerecordist
James Sabat ... sound (as James J. Sabat)
John Strauss ... effects editor
Ron Kalish ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Don B. Courtney ... special effects

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Robert A. Hudecek ... gaffer
Michael Mahony ... key grip
Jack Stager ... still photographer
Howard Block ... additional camera operator (uncredited) / camera operator (uncredited)
Walter Stewart ... gaffer (uncredited)

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Sylvia Fay ... atmosphere

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Martin Gaiptman ... wardrobe (as Martin D. Gaiptman)

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William Eustace ... location manager

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Ralph Burns ... orchestrator
Felix Giglio ... music supervisor
Jerry Graff ... vocal supervisor
John Strauss ... music editor

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Richard Augustine ... teamster captain
Harry J. Leavey ... teamster captain (as Harry B. Leavey)

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Axel Anderson ... production
Samuel D. Berns ... unit publicist
Antonio Encarnacion ... production
Norman Gorbaty ... titles
Johnny E. Jensen ... technician (as Johnny Jensen)
Henry Polonsky ... assistant to producer
Barbara Robinson ... script
Noni Rock ... production secretary
Howard Storm ... assistant: to Woody Allen
Barbara Sundahl ... secretary
Manolon Villamil ... production
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines The Revolutionist That Shook the World With LAUGHTER! See more »
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Also Known As
  • El Weirdo (United States)
  • Mig og revolutionen (Denmark)
  • Il dittatore dello stato libero di Bananas (Italy)
  • Banánköztársaság (Hungary)
  • Zorla kahraman (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 82 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs 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. (Embassies are ALWAYS in national capitals, such as Washington DC. If a foreign government has representatives in another city, such as NYC, it would be as a consulate, not an embassy.) See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Woody Allen (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Quiero La Noche See more »
Crazy Credits In the opening credits, the credits flash in time to the music. Additionally, the cards are shot with machine gun fire. See more »
Quotes Nancy: Have you ever been to Denmark?
Fielding Mellish: I've been, yes... to the Vatican.
Nancy: The Vatican? The Vatican is in Rome.
Fielding Mellish: Well, they were doing so well in Rome that they opened one in Denmark.
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