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Bananas (1971)

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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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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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Don Dunphy: As himself. See more »

Goofs

When Fielding is driving his Volkswagen and talking, there is a shot where his lips clearly aren't moving. 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

References Battleship Potemkin (1925) 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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Woody Allen's best comedy
2 September 2003 | by griessSee all my reviews

This is one of Woody Allen's earliest films -which should rank with the all-time greatest comedies. Although it was made back when the trial of The Chicago Seven was still fresh and Tobacco was still advertised on television, Bananas is timeless and still topical: J. Edgar Hoover in drag; the CIA sending US troops to fight on both sides of a revolution because they are afraid of being on the wrong side. One can usually recall a few scenes from a good movie, but Bananas is one of those great movies which one can replay in the mind from beginning to end. (Bananas is neatly bracketed at the beginning and end by Howard Cossell playing himself in bizarre Wide World of Sports coverages.) Allen has total control as writer, director and lead actor as in his later films, but in Bananas, the humor is broader and more cinematic. He plays the nebbish Fielding Mellish with less of the existential whining that mars his later films. There is a youthful resiliance like a toy punching bag that keeps coming back up. That is what made Chaplin's little tramp both comical and endearing.


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