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(1971)

Trivia

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A very young Sylvester Stallone appears in the subway scene playing a hoodlum with another youngster.
According to the Eric Lax biography, the musicians in the dinner scene at General Vargas' house were actually to be playing instruments, but the rented instruments hadn't arrived, and rather than wait, Woody Allen decided the miming would fit with the tone of the film.
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".
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."
The majority of the scenes in the film were improvised. When Woody Allen felt he had captured the right shot, he would move on to the next one.
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The third feature film directed by Woody Allen, and the first in which he had nearly full creative control.
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The movie's mock-TV ad for New Testament cigarettes earned the movie a "Condemned" rating by the Catholic Church.
Working title: "El Weirdo".
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The movie is ranked at the No. #69 spot on the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Laughs" Top 100 List.
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Howard Cosell was allowed to improvise most of his part.
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Conrad Bain, Charlotte Rae and Mary Jo Catlett all appear in small roles. All three performers would later appear on the TV sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978).
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This was the third and final film that Mickey Rose co-wrote with Woody Allen. The first two films were What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) and Take the Money and Run (1969).
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The film was partially inspired by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra's "Don Quixote". The film's original script title was "Don Quixote U.S.A.".
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During the training montage when Fielding is learning how to throw a hand grenade, the pin in his hand explodes after he throws the grenade. The reaction by Woody Allen is real as he was slightly singed by the incendiary device hidden in his hand, but Woody decided against doing the scene again and left it in the film as is.
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Woody Allen said he made a conscious decision not to show any blood to maintain the light, farcical tone of the film.
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In an interview with Robert B. Greenfield of Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, Woody Allen said: "They say it's a political film but I don't really believe much in politics. Groucho Marx has told me that The Marx Brothers' films were never consciously anti-establishment or political. It's always got to be a funny movie first".
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The picture was originally conceived as a star vehicle for actor Robert Morse.
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Although she is billed fourth in the opening credits, Nati Abascal (Yolanda) does not have any dialogue.
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Although they play love interests, the film was made after Woody Allen and Louise Lasser's divorce.
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According to the Virgin Film Guide, "subsequent events in Central America have only enhanced the film's appeal".
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While the rebels are watching Esposito make his first speech as the new Presidente, Fielding asks, "What's the Spanish word for straitjacket?" The answer is "camisa de fuerza" or literally, "force shirt" or "shirt of force".
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Cameo 

Don Dunphy: As himself.
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Allen Garfield: As a man on a cross.
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Howard Cosell: As himself.
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Roger Grimsby: As himself.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Woody Allen initially intended to end the movie with him emerging from a riot with his face darkened from soot; the black rioters would then mistakenly claim him as one of their own. As with Take the Money and Run (1969), Allen's editor, Ralph Rosenblum, convinced him to go with an ending more organic to the story that came before it.
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