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Bananas (1971)

GP | | Comedy | 19 July 1971 (Sweden)
When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.

Director:

Woody Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Fielding Mellish
Louise Lasser ... Nancy
Carlos Montalbán Carlos Montalbán ... General Emilio M. Vargas
Nati Abascal ... Yolanda (as Natividad Abascal)
Jacobo Morales Jacobo Morales ... Esposito
Miguel Ángel Suárez ... Luis (as Miguel Suarez)
David Ortiz Angleró David Ortiz Angleró ... Sanchez
René Enríquez ... Diaz (as Rene Enríquez)
Jack Axelrod Jack Axelrod ... Arroyo
Howard Cosell Howard Cosell ... Howard Cosell
Roger Grimsby Roger Grimsby ... Roger Grimsby
Don Dunphy Don Dunphy ... Don Dunphy
Charlotte Rae ... Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman Stanley Ackerman ... Dr. Mellish
Dan Frazer ... Priest
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Storyline

Fielding Mellish (a consumer products tester) becomes infatuated with Nancy (a political activist). He attends demonstrations and tries in other ways to convince her that he is worthy of her love, but Nancy wants someone with greater leadership potential. Fielding runs off to San Marcos where he joins the rebels and eventually becomes President of the country. While on a trip to the states, he meets Nancy again and she falls for him now that he is a political leader. Written by Scott R. Vaughn <scott@vaughn.hon.msu.edu>

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Taglines:

The Revolutionist That Shook the World With LAUGHTER!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Yiddish | Italian

Release Date:

19 July 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

El Weirdo See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Carlos Montalbán played another character named Vargas a year earlier in The Out of Towners (1970). The name Vargas was also used by Woody Allen in the short story Viva Vargas. See more »

Goofs

When Fielding is offering Nancy some ribs, he has his hand on his collar. In the next shot his hand is by his side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Don Dunphy: Good afternoon. Wide World of Sports is in the little republic of San Marcos where we're going to bring you a live, on the spot assassination. They're going to kill the president of this lovely Latin American country and replace him with a military dictatorship. And everybody is about as excited and tense as can be. The weather on this Sunday afternoon is perfect; and if you've just joined us, we've seen a series of colorful riots that started with the traditional bombing of the ...
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In the opening credits, the credits flash in time to the music. Additionally, the cards are shot with machine gun fire. See more »

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Referenced in Rushmore (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

1812 Overture in E Flat, Op.49
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
[In the score during the eating scenes with a rebel woman]
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Allen's funniest movie ever
9 July 2005 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

"Bananas" shows why Woody Allen's early movies were far better. He plays Fielding Mellish, a products tester who is wishing that he had stayed in college ("I was taking black studies. I could be black!") After a brief fling with political activist Nancy (Louise Lasser), who is trying to restore democracy in the Latin American country of San Marcos (the movie begins with Howard Cosell hosting a "live, on-the-spot assassination" there). After she leaves him, he decides to go to San Marcos, where he gets involved with the revolutionary forces. Following the revolution's success, the leader installs some loony policies, and the US arrests Mellish for aiding the revolution. What follows shows the meaning of the expression "trial and error"!

Allen truly reached his apex with this movie. It's just one crazy thing after another, namely when Mellish and the revolutionaries buy lunch. Sylvester Stallone, in an early role, plays one of the hoodlums on the subway.


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