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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 ... 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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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 »

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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

The majority of the scenes in the film were improvised. When Woody Allen felt he had captured the right shot, he would move on to the next one. 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 »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo (1999) 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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Laugh out loud funny, with some dull spots
19 July 2006 | by RovingGamblerSee all my reviews

This is one of Woody Allen's earliest movies, and I'd rank it probably 2nd out of his pre-Annie Hall movies, only behind Love and Death. It's certainly one of his funniest. The plot is pretty ridiculous (a neurotic product tester goes to the fictional San Marcos and ends up joining the rebels and eventually becoming president), but it's really secondary, and only serves to provide transitions from one comedy skit to another.

It's pretty much a hit and miss movie, but when he hits (which is more often than not), it's very funny. There are plenty of hilarious one liners throughout. The music is very cheesy as well, but it fits in well with the silly humor. Obviously, this isn't like Woody's later movies, just take it for what it is -- a silly comedy -- and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Also of note, the opening credits are very funny and rivals Monty Python and the Holy Grail for best opening credits sequence.


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