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
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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 »
Camera shadow visible on a wall, when Fielding goes to his fridge. See more »
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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"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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