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Bulworth (1998)

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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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Kimberly Deauna Adams ...
Vinny Argiro ...
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Ernie Lee Banks ...
Leroy (as Ernie Banks)
Amiri Baraka ...
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Constance Bulworth
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Brandon N. Bowlin ...
Mongo Brownlee ...
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Senator Jay Bulworth is facing speculation-induced financial ruin, so he puts out a contract on his own life in order to collect a large, new insurance policy for his family. Living each moment on borrowed time, he suddenly begins spouting raw, unfiltered--and sometimes offensive in word but satirical in spirit -- thoughts to shocked audiences and handlers in the speech of hip-hop music and culture. His newfound uninhibitedness and new relationship with Nina carry him on a journey of political and spiritual renewal. Written by Stuart Hoffman

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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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22 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Tribulations  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$141,816 (USA) (15 May 1998)

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$26,525,834 (USA) (4 December 1998)
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Aaron Sorkin and James Toback did a great deal of uncredited work on the script. See more »

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Bulworth tells the assassin that he will be traveling to Los Angeles via American Airlines, yet the arrival airplane footage shown is clearly a Southwest Airline plane. See more »

Quotes

Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: Feldman.
Bill Feldman: [surprised to see Bulworth kissing Nina] Yes, sir.
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: Feldman, could I have the key to the room?
Bill Feldman: The room?
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: The room, upstairs.
Bill Feldman: Oh, sure.
[still surprised, not doing anything]
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: Feldman?
Bill Feldman: Yeah?
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: The key.
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Crazy Credits

For the song "Bulworth Breakdown", the title character Jay Bulworth is credited as a writer and performer. See more »


Soundtracks

Bitches Are Hustlers Too
Written by Jamecia 'Mimi' Ward, Denice 'Nece' Saulsberry, Owen Ratliff, and B. Major
Performed by D-Fyne
Produced by Eddie B for Nu Flavor Music and Don White
Courtesy of Ratti Records/Columbus Mob Production Company and The Major Group
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Not Just A Pretty Face
30 December 2004 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

You have to hand it to Warren Beatty, he redefines the term "maverick". He could be, like many of his contemporaries, taking it easy. Instead, "Bullworth". One of the most outrageously funny satires I've seen in a long time. Satire? Somebody asked me. Well yes, satire. A realistic, daring, clearheaded, masterful satire. We live in satirical times, we have no choice in the matter. It takes an artist of Beatty's caliber to turns things around and makes us laugh and shiver at this mess of our own making. After seeing "Bullworth" I felt compelled to revisit some of Beatty's earlier work as an actor or producer or director. From "Mickey One" to "Reds" passing through "Bonnie And Clyde" and "Shampoo" not to mention "Heaven Can Wait" Mr. Beatty's legacy is one of amazing consistency. As I smiled enjoying his funny portrayal in "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" with Vivien Leigh, I thought: that beautiful man is not just a pretty face.


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