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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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Trivia

Shot entirely on Steadicam with the exception for the opening scene. See more »

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When the "lightning" flashes in the opening sequence, you can clearly see the lights reflected in the marble floor See more »

Quotes

Bullworth: I'm not sure you can get AIDS by burning down your house, but I get your point.
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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 »


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Chiquita Banana
Written by William Wirges, Leonard MacKenzie and Garth Montgomery
Parody Lyrics written by Warren Beatty (as Jay Bulworth)
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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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