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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

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In New York in 1928, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... David Shayne
Dianne Wiest ... Helen Sinclair
Jennifer Tilly ... Olive Neal
Chazz Palminteri ... Cheech
Mary-Louise Parker ... Ellen
Jack Warden ... Julian Marx
Joe Viterelli ... Nick Valenti
Rob Reiner ... Sheldon Flender
Tracey Ullman ... Eden Brent
Jim Broadbent ... Warner Purcell
Harvey Fierstein ... Sid Loomis
Stacey Nelkin ... Rita
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska ... Lili (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
Charles Cragin Charles Cragin ... Rifkin
Nina von Arx Nina von Arx ... Josette (as Nina Sonya Peterson)
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1920s Broadway. Playwright David Shayne considers himself an artist, and surrounds himself with like minded people, most struggling financially as they create art for themselves, not the masses. David, however, believes the failure of his first two plays was because he gave up creative control to other people who didn't understand the material. As such, he wants to direct his just completed third play, "God of Our Fathers", insider scuttlebutt being that it may very well make David the toast of Broadway. With David having no directing history, David's regular producer, Julian Marx, can't find any investors,... until a single investor who will finance the entire production comes onto the scene. He is Nick Valenti, a big time mobster, with the catch being that his dimwitted girlfriend, non-actress Olive Neal, get the lead role. A hesitant David and Julian, who are able to talk Nick into them giving Olive one of the two female supporting roles instead, go along with the scheme hoping ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coups de feu sur Broadway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,383,737
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Dolby Stereo (Mono)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Benay Venuta's final film. See more »

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Helen gives David a gift on his birthday, and calls him a Scorpio. Two scenes later, it is September 24th. The sun enters the sign of Scorpio at the end of October. David is a Virgo or a Libra. See more »

Quotes

Sheldon Flender: You, you, you're all missing the point, the point is I can give pleasure many times a day!
Rita: Oh, now, really Flender, what does quantity got to do with it?
Sheldon Flender: Quantity, quantity affects quality!
David Shayne: Says who?
Sheldon Flender: Karl Marx!
Rita: Oh, so now we're talking economics.
Sheldon Flender: Sex is economics!
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Referenced in Spin City: Balloons over Broadway (2000) See more »

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Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Music by Con Conrad
Performed by Eddie Cantor with Henri Rene and His Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records label of BMG Music
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Guys and Dolls
17 March 2009 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Woody Allen sends up the world of Broadway and the gangsters who love it in this Runyonesque comedy, one of his very best.

John Cusack is the Allen surrogate, a nebbish playwright who's struggling to remain true to his artistic vision amongst countless obstacles. Those obstacles include: a gangster's girlfriend (Jennifer Tilly) who Cusack is forced to cast in a lead role; her bodyguard (Chazz Palmienteri), who reveals quite a few dramatic instincts; a high-maintenance diva (Dianne Wiest, uproarious); a leading man who eats too much (Jim Broadbent); and a dithery actress very much in love with her dog (Tracy Ullman).

Because Allen sets his movie in a world he knows well (NY theatre), this feels like one of his strongest and most realized screenplays. The whole thing is a riot. Between Wiest, Tilly and Ullman, I still can't decide who's funniest.

Grade: A


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