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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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Kimberly Deauna Adams ...
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Vinny Argiro ...
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Leroy (as Ernie Banks)
Amiri Baraka ...
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Constance Bulworth
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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! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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 USA:

$141,816, 17 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,525,834, 6 December 1998
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Halle Berry and Isaiah Washington had both previously worked with Spike Lee, on Jungle Fever (1991) and Girl 6 (1996) respectively. Berry had also actually ironically also previously starred in a movie called Losing Isaiah (1995). See more »

Goofs

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: Shit. Fuck. Cocksucker.
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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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References The Price Is Right (1972) See more »

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Written by Dr. Dre, LL Cool J, Glove & Richard Vick
Performed by Dr. Dre & LL Cool J
Produced by Dr. Dre and Chris The Glove Taylor (as Chris "Glove" Taylor)
Dr. Dre appears courtesy of Aftermath Entertainment
LL Cool J appears courtesy of Def Jam Records
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Powerful, disturbing and funny political satire
12 December 2011 | by 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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