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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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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$26,525,834 (USA) (4 December 1998)
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Warren Beatty, Oliver Platt, Paul Sorvino, Joshua Malina, and Graham Beckel all also appeared in the later Warren Beatty directed film Rules Don't Apply (2016) 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 »

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Debate Producer: Just between us, Senator, do you think it's advisable to schedule campaign stops with industry leaders when you have such a low opinion of their product?
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: My guys are not stupid. They always put the big Jews on my schedule. You're mostly Jews, right? Three out of four of you?
[brandishes speech]
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: I bet Murphy put something bad about Farrakhan in here for you!
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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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Written by Wyclef Jean (as W. Jean), Youssou N'Dour (as Y. N'Dour), Canibus (as G. Williams),
Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis (as J. Duplessis)
Performed by Youssou N'Dour and Canibus
Produced by Wyclef Jean and Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis (as Jerry 'Te Bass' Duplessis) and Canibus
Youssou N'Dour appears courtesy of the Work Group
Canibus appears courtesy of Universal 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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