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Bullets Over Broadway -- In 1920s New York, 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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Woody Allen (written by) and
Douglas McGrath (written by)
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Release Date:
24 February 1995 (USA) See more »
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A killer comedy! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 22 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Rollicking, rib-tickling 'Roaring 20s' comedy gem -- a diamond among the Woodman's recent rough. See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cusack ... David Shayne

Dianne Wiest ... Helen Sinclair

Jennifer Tilly ... Olive Neal

Chazz Palminteri ... Cheech

Mary-Louise Parker ... Ellen

Jack Warden ... Julian Marx

Joe Viterelli ... Nick Valenti

Rob Reiner ... Sheldon Flender

Tracey Ullman ... Eden Brent

Jim Broadbent ... Warner Purcell

Harvey Fierstein ... Sid Loomis

Stacey Nelkin ... Rita

Malgorzata Zajaczkowska ... Lili (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
Charles Cragin ... Rifkin
Nina von Arx ... Josette (as Nina Sonya Peterson)

Edie Falco ... Lorna
Hope W. Sacharoff ... Hilda Marx

Debi Mazar ... Violet
Brian McConnachie ... Mitch Sabine

Tony Sirico ... Rocco
Victor Colicchio ... Waterfront Hood
Louis Eppolito ... Waterfront Hood (as Lou Eppolito)

Gene Canfield ... Waterfront Hood
Peter Castellotti ... Waterfront Hood (as Pete Castellotti)
Tony Conforti ... Waterfront Hood
John Di Benedetto ... Waterfront Hood (as John DiBenedetto)

John Ventimiglia ... Waterfront Hood (as Johnny Ventimiglia)

Lisa Arturo ... Three Deuces Chorus Line
Rachel Black Spaulding ... Three Deuces Chorus Line (as Rachel Black)
Alison Cramer ... Three Deuces Chorus Line
Kelly Groninger ... Three Deuces Chorus Line
Jennifer Lamberts ... Three Deuces Chorus Line
Carol Lee Meadows ... Three Deuces Chorus Line (as Carol Lee Meadows Mitchell)
Jo Telford ... Three Deuces Chorus Line

Meghan Strange ... Three Deuces Chorus Line
Leigh Torlage ... Three Deuces Chorus Line
Debra Wiseman ... Three Deuces Chorus Line

Paul Herman ... Maitre d'
James Reno ... Sal
Gerald Edward Dolezar ... Cafe Waiter (as Gerald E. Dolezar)

Shannah Laumeister ... Movie Theatre Victim
Fran McGee ... Movie Theatre Victim
Annie Joe Edwards ... Venus (as Annie-Joe Edwards)
Kernan Bell ... Speakeasy Waiter
Nick Iacovino ... Hood
Frank Aquilino ... Hood
Sohrab Ardeshir ... Helen's Party Guest (as Sam Ardeshir)
Molly Regan ... Helen's Party Guest
Phil Stein ... Stagehand
John Doumanian ... Backstage Well-Wisher

Dayle Haddon ... Backstage Well-Wisher

Tony Darrow ... Aldo
Howard Erskine ... Theater Well-Wisher

Benay Venuta ... Theater Well-Wisher
Ken Roberts ... Theater Well-Wisher

Jennifer Van Dyck ... Olive's Understudy

Peter McRobbie ... Man at Theatre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

José Alvarez ... Waterfront Hood (uncredited)

John Hoyt ... Wiseguy (uncredited)

Jeff Mazzola ... Movie Theatre Hitman (uncredited)

Patty Sherman ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)

Rick Washburn ... Movie Theatre Hitman (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Woody Allen (written by) and
Douglas McGrath (written by)

Produced by
Letty Aronson .... co-executive producer
J.E. Beaucaire .... executive producer
Jean Doumanian .... executive producer
Robert Greenhut .... producer
Charles H. Joffe .... co-executive producer
Thomas A. Reilly .... associate producer (as Thomas Reilly)
Helen Robin .... co-producer
Jack Rollins .... co-executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Di Palma  (as Carlo DiPalma)
 
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
 
Art Direction by
Tom Warren 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Bode 
Amy Marshall 
 
Costume Design by
Jeffrey Kurland 
 
Makeup Department
Joseph A. Campayno .... makeup artist (as Joe Campayno)
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
Frances A. Kolar .... makeup artist: Ms. Wiest (as Frances Kolar)
Werner Sherer .... hair stylist (as Werner Scherer)
Craig Lyman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jonathan Filley .... production manager
Helen Robin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. David Brightbill .... dga trainee
Richard Patrick .... second assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)
 
Art Department
Frank Didio .... head carpenter
Peter Eastman .... assistant art director
Vincent Guarriello .... chief construction grip
Ray Kluga .... assistant art director
Glenn Lloyd .... art department coordinator
James Mazzola .... property master
Wayne Moss .... stand-by carpenter
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator
Peter Rogness .... assistant art director
Cosmo Sorice .... stand-by scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Dave Weinman .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer: Sound One Corporation
Frank Graziadei .... sound recordist
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor (as Bob Hein)
Bradford L. Hohle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Sylvia Menno .... assistant sound editor
Todd Milner .... apprentice sound editor
Bruce Pross .... foley supervisor
James Sabat .... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Benjamin Cheah .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David E. Baron .... camera trainee (as Dave Baron)
Kenny Burke .... best boy grip (as Kenneth Burke)
Michael Caracciolo .... second assistant camera
Michael Green .... first assistant camera
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Tom McKibbin .... best boy electric (as Tom McKibben)
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
Ray Quinlan .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bob Ward)
Jack Coffen .... gaffer: rigging (uncredited)
Chris Hammond .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael 'Flash' McDonald .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Judie Fixler .... additional casting
Aleen Keshishian .... casting assistant
Laura Rosenthal .... casting associate
Todd Thaler .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Adkins .... wardrobe supervisor
Kim Marie Druce .... assistant costume designer (as Kim Druce)
Patricia Eiben .... wardrobe supervisor
Suzanne McCabe .... assistant costume designer
Eric Mendelsohn .... assistant costume designer
Virginia D. Patton .... costume assistant
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Patrick Chevillot .... costumer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Kent Blocher .... assistant film editor
William Kruzykowski .... assistant film editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Erika Aronson .... location assistant
Tracy Bonbrest .... location assistant
Sam Hutchins .... location scout
Megan Monaghan .... location scout
Dana Robin .... location manager
Melissa Rymer .... location scout
Mark Van Holstein .... location scout (as Mark von Holstein)
 
Music Department
Dan Barrett .... musician: "Three Deuces" (as Daniel Barrett)
Raymond Beckenstein .... musician: "Three Deuces"
Phil Bodner .... musician: Three Deuces (as Philip Bodner)
Don Butterfield .... musician: "Three Deuces"
Sid Cooper .... musician: Three Deuces (as Sidney Cooper)
John Frosk .... musician: "Three Deuces"
Dick Hyman .... conductor
Dick Hyman .... music arranger
Stan Kurtis .... musician: Three Deuces (as Stanley Kurtis)
Walt Levinsky .... music recording supervisor (as Walter Levinsky)
Carmel Malin .... musician: "Three Deuces"
Joe Malin .... musicians coordinator
George Masso .... musician: "Three Deuces"
John Mical .... musician: "Three Deuces"
Randy Sandke .... musician: Three Deuces (as Randall Sandke)
Cynthia Sayer .... musician: "Three Deuces"
Derek Smith .... musician: "Three Deuces"
Ted Sommer .... musician: "Three Deuces"
Yuval Waldman .... musician: "Three Deuces"
Roy B. Yokelson .... music recording engineer
 
Transportation Department
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy .... transportation captain (as Harold McEvoy)
Peter Tavis .... transportation captain
Edward Devereaux II .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Neil Astrow .... production assistant
Salvatore Carino .... assistant production auditor
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Peggy Craven .... production assistant
Graciela Daniele .... choreographer
Tony Fleming .... production assistant
Jennifer Gerould .... production assistant (as Jenefer Gerould)
Lauren Gibson .... assistant: Mr. Allen
Dori Golod .... assistant production coordinator
David Hummel .... production assistant (as Dave Hummel)
Eric Kopeloff .... production assistant
Scott Kordish .... production coordinator
John A. Machione .... production auditor
Brian Mannain .... studio manager
Samantha Sanders .... assistant to executive producer
Louise Storelli .... assistant to executive producer
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Gilbert S. Williams .... production assistant (as Gilbert S. Williams Jr.)
David Lanphier Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
John Mingalone .... production assistant (uncredited)
Morgan Spurlock .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nicholas Wolfert .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Greg Johnson .... thanks
Martin Schnell .... thanks: 20th Century Draperies
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for some language
Runtime:
98 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Cheech and David walk through a neighborhood, the corner has an obvious, modern handicap curb-cut.See more »
Quotes:
Sid Loomis:He's working on a vehicle for Helen for next season. She plays Jesus' mother. It's a whole Oedipul thing. He loves her... wants to do in the father... well you can see the complications.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
You've Got To See Mamma Ev'ry Night Or You Can't See Mamma At AllSee more »

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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Rollicking, rib-tickling 'Roaring 20s' comedy gem -- a diamond among the Woodman's recent rough., 21 November 2002
Author: gary brumburgh (gbrumburgh@pacbell.net) from Los Angeles, California

Sadly, I've been let down by most of Woody Allen's recent comedies. So it was most rewarding indeed to see the Woodman back again true to form (after a lengthy drought) with 1994's Bullets Over Broadway." Fun, foamy, and clever, it has everything we've come to love and expect from the man.

While "Take the Money and Run" and "Bananas" first turned trendy audiences on to his unique brand of improvisational, hit-and-miss comedy episodes, and the more neurotic, self-examining cult hits like "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan" cemented his Oscar-winning relationship with Hollywood, the comedy genius has stumbled mightily in this last decade. Attempting to contemporize his image with the coarse, foul-mouthed antics of a Coen or Farrelly brother (see "Mighty Aphrodite") is simply beneath him, and has been about as productive as Stevie Wonder taking a turn at hip-hop. Moreover, casting himself as a 65-year-old romantic protagonist with love interests young enough to be his grandchildren (see "Curse of the Jade Scorpion") has left a noticeably bad aftertaste of late. With "Bullets Over Broadway," however, Allen goes back to basics and wisely avoids the pitfalls of excessive toilet humor and self-aggrandizing casting, and gives us a light, refreshing bit of whimsical escapism. Woody may not be found on screen here, but his presence is felt throughout. Though less topical and analytical than his trademark films, this vehicle brings back a purer essence of Woody and might I say an early innocence hard-pressed to find these days in his work.

John Cusack (can this guy do no wrong?) plays a struggling jazz-era playwright desperate for a Broadway hit who is forced to sell out to a swarthy, aging king-pin (played to perfection by Joe Viterelli) who is looking to finance a theatrical showcase for his much-younger bimbo girlfirend (Jennifer Tilly, in a tailor-made role). The writer goes through a hellish rehearsal period sacrificing his words, not to mention his moral and artistic scruples, in order to appease his mob producers who know zilch about putting on a play. The rehearsal scenes alone are worth the price of admission.

Aside from Allen's clever writing, brisk pace and lush, careful attention to period detail, he has assembled his richest ensemble cast yet with a host of hysterically funny characters in spontaneous banter roaming in and about the proceedings. Cusack is his usual rock-solid self in the panicky, schelmiel role normally reserved for Woody. But even he is dwarfed by the likes of this once-in-a-lifetime supporting cast. Jennifer Tilly, with her doll-like rasp, is hilariously grating as the vapid, virulent, and thoroughly untalented moll. Usually counted on to play broad, one-dimensional, sexually belligerent dames, never has Tilly been give such golden material to feast on, putting her Olive Neal right up there in the 'top 5' fun-filled film floozies of all time, alongside Jean Hagen's Lina Lamont and Lesley Ann Warren's Norma Cassady. Virile, menacing Chazz Palminteri as the fleshy-lipped Cheech, a "dees, dem and dos" guard dog, reveals great comic prowess while affording his pin-striped hit man some touching overtones. Dianne Wiest, who has won bookend support Oscars in Woody Allen pictures (for this and for "Hannah and Her Sisters") doesn't miss a trick as the outre theatre doyenne Helen Sinclair, whose life is as grand and exaggerated off-stage as it is on. Her comic brilliance is on full, flamboyant display, stealing every scene she's in. Tracey Ullman is a pinch-faced delight as the exceedingly anal, puppy-doting ingenue, while Jim Broadbent as a fusty stick-in-the-mud gets his shining moments when his actor's appetite for both food and women get hilariously out of hand. Mary-Louise Parker, as Cusack's cast-off mate, gets the shortest end of the laughing stick, but lends some heart and urgency to the proceedings.

While the play flirts with a burlesque-styled capriciousness, there is an undercoating of seriousness and additional character agendas that keeps the cast from falling into one-note caricatures. And, as always, Woody's spot-on selection of period music is nonpareil. With healthy does of flapper-era Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, not to mention the flavorful vocal stylings of Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor, Allen, with customary finesse, affectionately transports us back to the glitzy, gin-peddling era of Prohibition and slick Runyonesque antics.

I remember the times when the opening of a new Woody Allen film was a main event. As such, "Bullets Over Broadway" is a comedy valentine to such days. In any respect, it's a winner all the way, especially for Woodyphiles.

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