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Bulworth (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  15 May 1998 (USA)
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A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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A mix of hip-hop and politics, after putting a hit out on himself Senator Bulworth becomes a MCing politician akin to a west African griot who isn't afraid to say anything he wants and can offend anyone he wants. Written by Guy Johns

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Brace yourself. This politician is about to tell the truth!

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Rated R for pervasive strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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15 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Tribulations  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£185,718 (UK) (22 January 1999)

Gross:

£377,939 (UK) (29 January 1999)
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The word "fuck" and its derivatives are used 111 times. See more »

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When Nina is talking on a cell phone in Davers' garage, we hear a dial tone when the other party hangs up on her (cell phone networks don't use dial tones). See more »

Quotes

[Mimi has just seen Bulworth badmouth a black congregation]
Mimi: Fred, when you say "by the book" - WHAT book would that be?
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For the song "Bulworth Breakdown", the title character Jay Bulworth is credited as a writer and performer. See more »

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Joints & Jam
Written by Paul Poli, Will i Am (as William Adams), Apl.de.Ap (as Allan Pineda),
Taboo (as Jaime Gomez), Greg Phillinganes, Barry Gibb
Performed by The Black Eyed Peas
Produced by Paul Poli and Will i Am (as William Adams)
Contains a sample of "Love Till the End of Time" (Greg Phillinganes)
Also contains an interpolation of "Grease" (Barry Gibb)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
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Beatty Works Hard, But "Bulworth" Only Half Lands
22 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Bulworth" is another high-profile political satire that came out in 1998 that should have been on fire due to its pedigree and instead comes off as rather limp.

Warren Beatty plays an end-of-his-rope politician who goes a little off his rocker and begins to speak the truth to the people, often by rapping it to them hip-hop fashion. The joke is that the people love it, responding warmly to a politician who's willing to cut through the bullsh*t and tell it like it is.

The film is creative and has an interesting conceit, but it just doesn't work in that vague way that films sometimes don't and that's hard to put a finger on. Beatty's pretty good, but the whole film feels like it's trying too hard to be an art-house classic, and the tone doesn't fit the personalities of the artists associated with it.

Grade: B-


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