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Bulworth (1998)

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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Ernie Lee Banks ...
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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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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$26,525,834 (USA) (4 December 1998)
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Third and final of three cinema movie collaborations of actor Jack Warden and actor-writer-producer-director Warren Beatty. The first was Shampoo (1975) and then the second was around three years later with Heaven Can Wait (1978). These two 1970s films brought Warden to the peak of his acting career as he displayed a flair for comedy in both Shampoo (1975) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). As the faintly sinister businessman "Lester" in Shampoo (1975) and as the perpetually befuddled football trainer "Max Corkle" in Heaven Can Wait (1978), Warden received Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor for both pictures but did not win the Oscar for either movie. Finally, Warden then later appeared in Beatty's Bulworth (1998) around twenty years after Heaven Can Wait (1978), portraying the character of "Eddie Davers". 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 »

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Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: I think it'd be a good idea to say "I'm sorry", huh?
Kid #1: Oh man, I waited my whole life for this moment!
Cop: I'm... sorry.
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: Say "No problem, Officer".
Kid #2: Go fuck your mama, you fucking pig cocksucker!
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: That's good enough.
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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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References The Price Is Right (1972) See more »

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Joyful Joyful
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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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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