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Bananas (1971)

PG-13 | | 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
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Revolutionist That Shook the World With LAUGHTER!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for comic sexuality including some pin-up nudity, some drug use and crude language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,200
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The baby carriage bouncing down the steps (about an hour into the film) is a homage to the Odessa Steps sequence in Battleship Potemkin (1925). See more »

Goofs

Camera shadow visible on a wall, when Fielding goes to his fridge. 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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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the credits flash in time to the music. Additionally, the cards are shot with machine gun fire. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #33.6 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Cause I Believe In Loving
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Howard Liebling
Sung by Jake Holmes
[Sung over the closing credits]
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Slipping on Peels.
7 November 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Bananas" is a quietly angry commentary on America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Woody Allen, obviously very upset at the nation's conflict in the 1970s and wanting to show a comedy that pointed the finger at U.S. policy and diplomacy, would come up with one of the more hilarious products of the period with this one. Allen is a New York consumer products tester who falls in love with glassy-eyed political activist Louise Lasser (never really feeling right in this film) almost immediately. It is very clear that Allen cares for her much more than she cares for him and he is dismissed. Love-sick and wanting her, Allen decides to join a revolution in San Marcos and soon he even becomes the leader of the fighting. Could it actually be possible that Allen could rise to the top and become president of the small land? We get running play-by-play expertise throughout via Howard Cossell (playing himself) and ABC's Wide World of Sports. "Bananas" is a very short product (only running about 82 minutes), but the movie is still pretty impressive nonetheless. Allen's unique brand of story-telling and humor are enough to make "Bananas" one of his more memorable pictures. Far from a masterpiece, the film will be loved more by Woody's fans than most others. 4 stars out of 5.


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