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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 17 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly Deauna Adams ...
Vinny Argiro ...
Ernie Lee Banks ...
Leroy (as Ernie Banks)
Amiri Baraka ...
Constance Bulworth
Brandon N. Bowlin ...
Mongo Brownlee ...
Henchman #3


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tribulations  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$26,525,834 (USA) (4 December 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The word "fuck" and its derivatives are used 111 times. See more »


When Bulworth is ordering the hit, Vinnie's lips don't match his words. See more »


Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: Yo, everybody gonna get sick someday / But nobody knows how they gonna pay / Health care, managed care, HMOs / Ain't gonna work, no sir, not those / 'Cause the thing that's the same in every one of these / Is these motherfuckers there, the insurance companies!
CherylTanya: Insurance! Insurance!
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: Yeah, yeah / You can call it single-payer or Canadian way / Only socialized medicine will ever save the day! Come on now, lemme hear that dirty word - SOCIALISM!
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Crazy Credits

Last line of credits For: A.B., K.E.B.B., B.M.B., and I.I.A.B. See more »


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Performed by NWA
Courtesy of Priority Records
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Powerful, disturbing and funny political satire
12 December 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Other than a few forced silly moments, this is the sharpest, darkest, bravest. most disturbing political satire out of Hollywood since "Network".

This is Beatty's career best performance by far, making his rapidly breaking down liberal Democrat Senator into a character simultaneously howlingly funny, pitiable, admirable, wince inducing, pathetic and horrifying.

Beatty has made a film that walks the razor's edge right along with it's lead character, playing into deliberately provoking racial and cultural stereotypes at the same time it shreds them.

This isn't a polite "the system needs fixing" movie, it's an in-your-face scream that the system is broken, perhaps beyond all repair. That idea seems only more timely now.

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