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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

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In his attempts to reconcile a lounge singer with his mistress, a hapless talent agent is mistaken as her lover by a jealous gangster.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Danny Rose
Mia Farrow ... Tina Vitale
Nick Apollo Forte ... Lou Canova
Sandy Baron ... Sandy Baron
Corbett Monica ... Corbett Monica
Jackie Gayle Jackie Gayle ... Jackie Gayle
Morty Gunty ... Morty Gunty
Will Jordan ... Will Jordan
Howard Storm ... Howard Storm
Jack Rollins Jack Rollins ... Jack Rollins
Milton Berle ... Milton Berle
Craig Vandenburgh Craig Vandenburgh ... Ray Webb
Herb Reynolds Herb Reynolds ... Barney Dunn
Paul Greco ... Vito Rispoli
Frank Renzulli ... Joe Rispoli
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Storyline

Danny Rose is a manager of artists, and although he's not very successful, he nevertheless goes out of his way to help his acts. So when Lou Canova, a singer who has a chance of making a come-back, asks Danny to help him with a problem, Danny helps him. This problem is Lou's mistress Tina. Lou wants Tina to be at his concerts, otherwise he can't perform, but he's married, so Danny has to take her along as if she was his girlfriend. Danny however gets more than he has bargained for when two mobsters come looking for the guy who has hurt their brother by stealing the heart of Tina, the girl he loves. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Comedy

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Yiddish

Release Date:

27 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brodvejski Danny Rose See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$953,794, 29 January 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,600,497
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984. See more »

Goofs

When Danny arrives to pick up Tina, he tells her he is double-parked. When she then storms across the street with Danny following her, we see the car, and it is not double-parked; but shortly thereafter, when Danny makes a pay-phone call, the car can be seen double-parked in the background. See more »

Quotes

Tina Vitale: They shot him in the eyes.
Danny Rose: Oh my God, he's blind?
Tina Vitale: He's dead...
Danny Rose: Of course, the bullets would go right through...
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Crazy Credits

The guys in the Carnegie Deli continue to banter over part of the end credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

Begin the Beguine
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Cole Porter
Played by Gloria Parker on her water glasses
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"I need a valium the size of a hockey puck. "
21 June 2006 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

Broadway Danny Rose (1984) -written/directed by Woody Allen who played the titular character, the small time show-biz agent with the clients like "blind xylophonists, piano-playing birds, and has-been crooners with drinking problems." Danny may not be successful but the famous comics having a good time in the legendary Carnegie Deli, Manhattan, NY tell the stories about him. "Broadway Danny Rose" may be considered as a minor Allen's work but it is equally charming and amusing dramedy that pays specific homage to Damon Runyon who is famous for portrayal New York City's colorful lowlifes of the 1920s and '30s when "respectability and the demi-monde rub shoulders".

Danny's problem is that as soon as one of his clients makes it to the top, they would drop him in favor of a big-name agent. Danny stuck with a drinking, self-centered Italian crooner Lou who is attempting (and just about to make it) a comeback, and Danny, being a loyal and protective agent, unwittingly gets involved with the singer's girlfriend Tina whose family has a long memory and strong resemblance to Soprano family. No wonder poor Danny needs "a valium the size of a hockey puck". Mia Farrow is almost unrecognizable as a tough and vulgar (but not a dumb) blonde. Her philosophy is her way of life "It's over quick, so have a good time. You see what you want, go for it. Don't pay attention to anyone else. And do it to the other guy first 'cause if you don't he'll do it to you." She obviously acts on her words but in the end of the movie she realizes that the things which count most in life are "acceptance, forgiveness, love" which is Danny's philosophy. She was cast against the type and it worked brilliantly in the funny but touchingly nostalgic movie. "Broadway Danny Rose" is a sparkling gem from the writer/director/star, one and only Woody Allen. I never expect anything else from him.


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