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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

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In New York in 1928, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

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Set in 1920's New York City, this movie tells the story of idealistic young playwright David Shayne. Producer Julian Marx finally finds funding for the project from gangster Nick Valenti. The catch is that Nick's girl friend Olive Neal gets the part of a psychiatrist, and Olive is a bimbo who could never pass for a psychiatrist as well as being a dreadful actress. Agreeing to this first compromise is the first step to Broadway's complete seduction of David, who neglects longtime girl friend Ellen. Meanwhile David puts up with Warner Purcell, the leading man who is a compulsive eater, Helen Sinclair, the grand dame who wants her part jazzed up, and Cheech, Olive's interfering hitman / bodyguard. Eventually, the playwright must decide whether art or life is more important. Written by Reid Gagle

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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24 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Disparos sobre Broadway  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,383,737 (USA)
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To this date (2014), this movie and Hannah and her sisters (1986) are the Woody Allen films with more Oscar nominations (7). Bullets over Broadway won the Best Supporting Actress award for Dianne Wiest and have the following nominations: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Chazz Palminteri) Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Tilly) Best Director (Woody Allen) Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Woody Allen & Douglas McGrath) Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Santo Loquasto & Susan Bode) Best Costume Design (Jeffrey Kurland) See more »

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There are two posters for The Wild Party outside the Rivoli. However, the relevant scene takes place in September 1928 and that film was not released until April 1929. See more »

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[Cheech is helping Olive rehearse a scene]
Olive: Can't you see? You're living out the exact same pattern your mother lived out with your father.
Cheech: I am? Pray tell.
Olive: In some way you're trying to relive it and in the process of reliving it, correct it. As if that were possible. HA.
Cheech: It don't say "ha."
Olive: I know it don't say "ha," I added that.
Cheech: Are you allowed to do that? I don't think you're allowed to do that.
Olive: We're allowed to add things. It's called ad-libbing.
Cheech: Well, I think the whole thing stinks.
Olive: Well, I ...
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Referenced in Runaway: A Road Adventure (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Singin' The Blues Till My Daddy Comes Home
Music by Con Conrad and J. Russel Robinson
Lyrics by Sam Lewis & Joe Young
Performed by Bix Beiderbecke
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Guys and Dolls
17 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Woody Allen sends up the world of Broadway and the gangsters who love it in this Runyonesque comedy, one of his very best.

John Cusack is the Allen surrogate, a nebbish playwright who's struggling to remain true to his artistic vision amongst countless obstacles. Those obstacles include: a gangster's girlfriend (Jennifer Tilly) who Cusack is forced to cast in a lead role; her bodyguard (Chazz Palmienteri), who reveals quite a few dramatic instincts; a high-maintenance diva (Dianne Wiest, uproarious); a leading man who eats too much (Jim Broadbent); and a dithery actress very much in love with her dog (Tracy Ullman).

Because Allen sets his movie in a world he knows well (NY theatre), this feels like one of his strongest and most realized screenplays. The whole thing is a riot. Between Wiest, Tilly and Ullman, I still can't decide who's funniest.

Grade: A


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