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Bulworth -- 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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Brace yourself. This politician is about to tell the truth!
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 16 nominations See more »
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One of the better films of 1998, with an unabashed comic tone. ***1/2 out of **** See more (221 total) »

Cast

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Kimberly Deauna Adams ... Denisha
Vinny Argiro ... Debate Director

Sean Astin ... Gary

Kirk Baltz ... Debate Producer
Ernie Lee Banks ... Leroy (as Ernie Banks)
Amiri Baraka ... Rastaman

Christine Baranski ... Constance Bulworth

Adilah Barnes ... Mrs. Brown

Warren Beatty ... Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth

Graham Beckel ... Man with Dark Glasses

Halle Berry ... Nina
Brandon N. Bowlin ... Bouncer #2
Mongo Brownlee ... Henchman #3
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Uncle Rafeeq

J. Kenneth Campbell ... Anthony

Scott Michael Campbell ... Head Valet

Jann Carl ... Carl Jann
Kerry Catanese ... Video Reporter #4

Don Cheadle ... L.D.
Dave Allen Clark ... Dave Allen Clark
Terry Cooley ... Henchman #2

Kevin Cooney ... Rev. Wilberforce
Christopher Curry ... Journalist

Stanley DeSantis ... Manny Liebowitz

Michael Clarke Duncan ... Bouncer (as Michael 'Big Mike' Duncan)

Nora Dunn ... Missy Berliner, Reporter
Jerry Dunphy ... Jerry Dunphy

Dartanyan Edmonds ... Man with Blunt
Edward J. Etherson ... Mr. Sasser

V.J. Foster ... Photographer
Leon Frierson ... Osgood (as Leon Curtis Frierson)

George Furth ... Older Man
Xiomara Cuevas Galindo ... Video Reporter #2
Robin Gammell ... Geoffrey
Life Garland ... Darnell's Bud
Jackie Gayle ... Macavoy, Bullworth's Chauffeur

Jim Haynie ... Bill Stone

Randee Heller ... Mrs. Tannenbaum

Barry Shabaka Henley ... Man at Frankie's
James Hill ... Journalist

Kene Holliday ... Man in Church #1
Brian Hooks ... Marcus Garvey

Terri Hoyos ... Reporter #3
Myra J. ... Woman in Church #1

Mario Jackson ... Snag

Ariyan A. Johnson ... Tanya (as Ariyan Johnson)
Jedda Jones ... Woman in Church #2
Michael Kaufman ... Reporter #1

James Keane ... American Politics Director
Tom Kelly ... Reporter #5

Larry King ... Larry King

Deborah Lacey ... Reporter #2
Mimi Lieber ... Mrs. Liebowitz
Elizabeth Lindsey ... American Politics Host

Joshua Malina ... Bill Feldman
Larry Mark ... Bouncer #3

Helen Martin ... Momma Doll
Armelia McQueen ... Ruthie

Laurie Metcalf ... Mimi

Michael Milhoan ... Cop #1

Jamal Mixon ... Little Gangsta

Jerod Mixon ... Little Gangsta

Debra Monk ... Helen

Deborah Moore ... Reporter
Michele Morgan ... Cheryl
Patrick Morgan ... Studio Employee
Juli Mortz ... Larry King's Assistant

Scott Mosenson ... Video Cameraman
Paul Motley ... Janitor in Senate Office

Chris Mulkey ... Cop #2

Lou Myers ... Uncle Tyrone
Shawna Nagler ... Technical Director
Jonathan Roger Neal ... Little Gangsta

Ron Ostrow ... Staff Member
Norman Parker ... Irwin Tannenbaum

James Pickens Jr. ... Uncle David

Wendell Pierce ... Fred

Oliver Platt ... Dennis Murphy
Kenneth Randle ... Little Gangsta
Tony Tomas Randle ... Little Gangsta
Arthur Reggie III ... Little Gangsta
Adrian Ricard ... Aunt Alice
Ava Rivera ... Video Reporter #3
Richard C. Sarafian ... Vinnie (as Richard Sarafian)
Robert Scheer ... Journalist
Sam Shamshak ... Fundraiser Guest

Sarah Silverman ... 2nd American Politics Assistant
Brooke Finney ... Reporter
Bee-Be Smith ... Aunt Harriet

Paul Sorvino ... Graham Crockett
Roberto Soto ... Reporter

Florence Stanley ... Dobish, Bullworth's Secretary
Quinn Sullivan ... Fundraiser Server
JoAnn D. Thomas ... Rapper

Robin Thomas Grossman ... Reporter in Hallway (as Robin Thomas)

Sheryl Underwood ... Woman in Frankie's
Gary H. Walton ... Bouncer #4

Jack Warden ... Eddie Davers

Andrew Warne ... Video Reporter

Isaiah Washington ... Darnell, Nina's Brother

Lee Weaver ... Man in Church #2
Kenn Whitaker ... Henchman #1

Jermaine Williams ... Paul Robeson

John Witherspoon ... Reverend Morris
Sumiko Telljohn ... Lady at Banquet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

William Baldwin ... Constance Bulworth's Lover (uncredited)

Hart Bochner ... Hugh Waldron, Bulworth's Political Opponent (uncredited)
Pat Buchanan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bob Dole ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Steve Forbes ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Al Gore ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Hamilton ... George Hamilton (uncredited)
Gretchen Janke ... Theatre Page (uncredited)
Isaac Mayanja ... Microphone Holder for Warren Beatty (uncredited)

Paul Mazursky ... Paul Mazursky (uncredited)

Mickalean McCormick ... Reporter (uncredited)
John McLaughlin ... TV Commentator (voice) (uncredited)
John Michael ... Political Donor (uncredited)
William Victor Skrabanek ... Fundraiser Guest (uncredited)

Josef Sommer ... Doctor (uncredited)
Thom Tierney ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Warren Beatty 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Warren Beatty (story)

Warren Beatty (screenplay) &
Jeremy Pikser (screenplay)

Produced by
Warren Beatty .... producer
Pieter Jan Brugge .... producer
Frank Capra III .... co-producer
Lauren Shuler Donner .... executive producer
Victoria Thomas .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Vittorio Storaro 
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones 
Billy Weber 
 
Casting by
Jeanne McCarthy 
Victoria Thomas 
 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
 
Art Direction by
William F. O'Brien 
 
Set Decoration by
Rick Simpson 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
 
Makeup Department
John Blake .... makeup artist
Mary Burton .... makeup artist: Ms. Berry
Ruby Ford .... hair stylist
Lynda Gurasich .... key hair stylist
Felicia Herron .... hair stylist
Valli O'Reilly .... key makeup artist
Cyndi Reece-Thorne .... makeup artist
Joanetta Stowers .... assistant makeup artist
Carme Tenuta .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jamie D. Boscardin .... production supervisor
John Rusk .... unit production manager
Robert Yamamoto .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bamber .... second assistant director
Andrew Bernstein .... additional key second assistant director
Frank Capra III .... first assistant director
Alicia Lewis .... dga trainee
Michael J. Moore .... second second assistant director (as Michael Moore)
Todd Y. Murata .... second second assistant director (as Todd Murata)
 
Art Department
John Bullard .... propmaker gangboss
Bryan Corbett .... propmaker
Hank Giardina .... paint supervisor
Sean Haworth .... assistant art director
Mike Higelmire .... lead person
Alan James .... paint foreman
Douglas E. Madison .... property master
Douglas T. Madison .... assistant property master (as Doug Madison Jr.)
Greg Nestor .... set dresser
Eileen A. O'Donnell .... art department coordinator
Tao Ruspoli .... art department assistant
John A. Scott III .... lead person
Bert Smith .... assistant props
J.D. Smith .... set dresser
Chris Snyder .... construction coordinator
Dianne Wager .... set designer
 
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer
Anna Behlmer .... additional sound re-recording mixer
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Bolt)
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist
Paul Timothy Carden .... supervising sound editor
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
Gail Clark Burch .... supervising adr editor
Matt Colleran .... dubbing recordist
Andy D'Addario .... sound re-recording mixer
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital sound assistant
Patrick J. Foley .... foley editor (as Patrick Foley)
Tim Gomillion .... sound recordist
Mark Gordon .... dialogue editor
Marilyn Graf .... foley mixer
Laura Graham .... adr editor
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip A. Hess .... sound effects editor
Spike Allison Hooper .... adr assistant
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley editor
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor
Richard Kite .... cable person
Lou Kleinman .... sound effects editor
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Gary Mundheim .... sound effects editor
Andy Nelson .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Paul O'Bryan .... adr assistant (as Paul O'Brien)
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... first assistant sound editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Dan M. Rich .... dialogue editor (as Dan Rich)
Dennis Sager .... sound technician
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... supervising sound editor
Cary Stratton .... adr recordist
Fabio Venturi .... sound engineer
Kerry Dean Williams .... adr editor (as Kerry D. Williams)
Rudy Pi .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bill Hansard .... projectionist: rear projection special effects
Rick Hart .... mechanical department: XFX Inc.
 
Stunts
Daniel W. Barringer .... stunt coordinator
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator
A.J. Nay .... stunt coordinator
George Marshall Ruge .... stunts
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunt driver
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phillip Allard .... lighting technician (as Phil Allard)
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney Baldwin)
Ben Betts .... video engineer
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Jonathan Brown .... Steadicam operator
Jonathan Brown .... camera operator
Rocky Buzzini .... electrician
Fabio Cafolla .... lighting board operator
Cheli Clayton .... camera loader
Billy Clevenger .... first assistant camera (as William Clevenger)
James M. Cox .... best boy electric
David Dunbar .... electrician
John Emory .... company grip
Carlos M. Gallardo .... company grip
Steve Hastings .... best boy rigger
David James .... still photographer
Gerald A. King .... key rigging grip
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator: additional photography
Kevin J. Lang .... electrician
Jordan Lapsansky .... electrician
Karl Linde .... second assistant camera
John Maninger .... electrician (as John H. Maninger)
Larry Markart .... video playback operator
Art Martin .... Steadicam first assistant camera
Art Martin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John McEveety .... assistant camera
Richard Muldonado .... electrician
Nicola Pecorini .... Steadicam operator
Nicola Pecorini .... camera operator
Bradford Ralston .... video assist technician
John Samaras .... apprentice to cinematographer (as Yiannis Samaras)
John Samaras .... camera intern
Mike Schwake .... dolly grip
Victor A. Shelehov .... best boy grip
Gary Tandrow .... gaffer
Jack Wallner .... director of photography: second unit
Kirby Washington .... second assistant camera (as William 'Kirby' Washington)
Rex Allan Worthy .... company grip
Bill Young .... key grip
Barry Berona .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
David Darwin .... electrician (uncredited)
Jeremy Launais .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kim Coleman .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Casey .... costume supervisor
Eduardo Castro .... associate costume designer
Jordanna Fineberg .... costume coordinator
Helen Monaghan .... key costumer
Lisa D. Quercioli .... PR costumer
Hans Georg Struhar .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Tristan M. Brighty .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Debra Goldfield .... assistant editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Lou Levinson .... telecine colorist: high definition telecine
Ellie Brooks Vizard .... first assistant editor
Scott K. Wallace .... assistant editor: avid
Rebecca Weigold .... second assistant editor
Brandon Willenberg .... apprentice editor
Adrian Kays .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music designer
Bob Badami .... music editor
Enrico DeMelis .... score coordinator (as Enrico De Melis)
Shannon Erbe .... assistant music editor
Art Ford .... music consultant
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Lisa Jaime .... assistant music editor
Bobby Lavelle .... associate music supervisor
Andrea Morricone .... music assistant
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Jennifer Nash .... assistant music editor
Karyn Rachtman .... executive soundtrack producer
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer
 
Transportation Department
Clay Bartholomew .... transportation captain
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Jeff Kidman .... transportation office coordinator
James Nordberg .... transportation captain
Tom Rebber .... transportation captain
Phil Strauss .... transportation
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator
Bonnie Yamahiro .... driver
Mitch Friedman .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Zelda Barron .... production consultant
Chris Beal .... production assistant
Elisa Ann Conant .... location manager (as Elisa Conant-Coleman)
Maureen 'Mo' Crutchfield .... post-production accountant
Michael Davison .... assistant to director
J. Ellen Evans .... script supervisor
Kristina Findley .... production secretary
Tara Foran .... assistant accountant: re-shoots
David Guilbeau .... craft service (as David 'Cajun' Guilbeau)
Jack Hall .... stand-in
Peter Hollocker .... production assistant
Linda Klein .... medical technical advisor
Stacy Layne Kramer .... construction accountant
Christopher Lee .... assistant location manager
Brigette Lester .... production coordinator
Al Lewis .... assistant production coordinator
Lori A. Lopes .... second assistant accountant
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Beth Miller .... set medic
Chris Miller .... technical consultant
Brian Nailing .... head cook
Jane Payne .... production associate
Liz Probst .... payroll accountant
Evangelina Rivera .... stand-in
Woody Schultz .... production assistant
Ned R. Shapiro .... location manager
Peter Slowey .... production assistant
Angelo Sotereanos .... production assistant
James Tiffany .... production assistant
James Traynor .... co-location manager (as Jay Traynor)
Kristan Wagner .... location manager
Chris Winn .... craft service
Brent Davis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ryan Harris .... production assistant (uncredited)
Adrian Kays .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Parks .... location manager: preparation (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Benjamin Beatty .... dedicatee (as B.M.B.)
Isabel Beatty .... dedicatee (as I.I.A.B.)
Kathlyn Beatty .... dedicatee (as K.E.B.B.)
Annette Bening .... dedicatee (as A.B.)
John McLaughlin .... thanks
Leroy R. Perry Jr. .... thanks (as Dr. Leroy Perry)
 

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Rated R for pervasive strong language and some drug content
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Co-writer Jeremy Pikser described the experience of working with Warren Beatty as frustrating. He was paid by the studio a lump sum per each draft produced and Beatty spent months working and reworking a single draft. Tired of being away from his family, Beatty's ego and the lack of pay, Pikser left the L.A. office where he and Beatty were writing the script to return to his family in L.A. The two finished the rest of the process via telephone and fax.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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:
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?
Bullworth: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]
Bullworth:I bet Murphy put something bad about Farrakhan in here for you!
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22 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
One of the better films of 1998, with an unabashed comic tone. ***1/2 out of ****, 25 September 1999
Author: Blake French (dlfspartan@aol.com) from Michigan, USA

BULWORTH (1998) ***1/2

Starring: Warren Beatty, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Oliver Platt, Isaiah Washington, and Christine Baranski Directed, produced, and written by Warren Beatty 108 minutes Rated R (for pervasive strong language, drug use, sexual references, and brief violence)

By Blake French:

I have seen a lot of movies in my time, but I have never seen anything as witty, as twisted, as entertaining, as outrageous, or as original as Warren Beatty's new political satire "Bulworth." It is, at times, funny, but at others very dark. I can't recall ever stating that a "serious comedy," is one of the years best films before. That was then, this is now--and "Bulworth" is truly one of the better film's of 1998.

As the movie opens, a US senator named Jay Billington Bulworth, hires a hit man to kill an individual of his desire. The hit man wonders exactly who this person is in which a man of such power wishes to eliminate. As it turns out, Bulworth has paid this hit man to kill his own suicidal self. "If I'm not dead by Monday, I'm canceling that check." Bulworth states firmly.

This is were the outrageous humor begins. During a campaign speech at a local African American church, Bulworth goes seemingly nuts. He begins to tell the citizens the truth about subjects in congress that most politicians would never think of revealing to the general public. His representative, Dennis Murphy, who cares only about getting Bulworth elected, almost faints in shock and disbelief. But you have to understand, these are the last days that Bulworth will be experiencing life, so why not reveal secrets, release envelop pushing information, and start up controversy with the nation with his last breaths.

"Never make life of death decisions when you're suicidal," explains Bulworth during one of the film's more invigoration sequences. He is talking to a woman named Nina, whom he met nonchalantly during one of his presentation speeches. The two of them fall in love. Too bad Bulworth has not taken his own advice typed above, for his death is near. But is Nina who she appears to be? Is his wife, Constance Bulworth, having an affair with another man? Is Bulworth's demise in the near future? All suitable questions that will all be answered when you see the movie.

Parts of the film do not work. For instance, the subplot involving Bulworth's wife who is adulterous just isn't detailed enough, nor are the characters introduced, for us to even consider this anything but a gimmick. True, the affair does symbolize chaos preoccupied in his household, and establishes another reason for him to be suicidal. Still, it's too small for a movie that offers so many good qualities.

"Bulworth" has a detailed opening that provokes empathy for our main character, Jay Bulworth. We learn of an external problem, Jay being involved in a heated presidential campaign, and an internal problem, Jay being suicidal and calling a hit on himself. The structure only goes uphill from there, and that is hard to do. Both conflicts are evolved, with Nina, Bulworth's sense of honesty, the hit man's presence, and several character & plot twists in which someone is not who they appear to be.

Along with some very dramatic and meaningful moments found in "Bulworth," also contained is dialogue that is smart, witty, and at times hilarious. The first shock value sequence is truly outrageous, and the films unabashed sense of eagerness only gets more perverse; the film is rated R for appropriate reasons, mostly coming from Bulworth's style of life he becomes involved with. The situations we're facing here are quite controversial, but Warren Beatty directs the film with a certain humorous touch. He uses effective but bizarre camera angles, and a hip cinematographer that creates aggressive chemistry between Beatty and Halle Berry during their "party animal" scenes together.

The performances in "Bulworth" entirely demonstrate that Warren Beatty is not only able to direct, write and produce well, but also that capable to lead an all star cast, including Don Cheadle, Oliver Platt, Isaiah Washington, and Christine Baranski, into an Oscar worthy overall appearance level. All of these things contribute to making "Bulworth" is of the better films of 1998, and I recommend it highly.

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