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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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 ... 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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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Jennifer Tilly revealed on an interview given in 2017 that, when she found out that the Weinstein Company was pushing only Dianne Wiest for the Supporting Actress category at the Oscars, she orchestrated her own campaign in talk shows and buying ads to build buzz around her, which resulted in an Oscar nomination for her as well, something that the Weinsteins hated her for, she said. See more »

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When David stands in the street and argues with Sheldon Flender in the apartment above, a powerful floodlight on a technical-looking stand is reflected in the open window. See more »

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Helen Sinclair: I'm still a star. I never play frumps or virgins.
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #3.8 (2004) See more »

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At The Jazz Band Ball
By Nick LaRocca & Larry Shields
Performed by Bix Beiderbecke
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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"You better get in the mood, honey, 'cause he's payin' the rent."
20 September 2005 | by Galina_movie_fanSee all my reviews

Set in 1920's New York City, "Bullets over Broadway" (1994) tells the story of a young playwright David Shayne who tries to produce his first play. He "stands on the brink of greatness. The world will open to him like an oyster. No... not like an oyster. The world will open to him like a magnificent vagina" but he needs to find money for production first.

The money comes from the gangster Nick Valenti on one condition - Nick's stunningly untalented bimbo girlfriend Olive ("She ruins everything she's in. She ruins things she's not even in") has to play a psychiatrist. Olive is accompanied to each rehearsal by hit-man/bodyguard Cheech who knows how the real people talk and turned to be a greater writer than David. David's leading man, Warner Purcell eats compulsively every time he gets nervous (and there are plenty of reasons for him to get nervous). David's relationship with the girlfriend Ellen suffers when he begins an affair with the talented leading lady Helen Sinclair ("I'm still a star. I never play frumps or virgins.") who is "in the last couple of years... better known as an adulteress and a drunk."

"Bullets over Broadway" is one of my favorite comedies by one of the favorite directors/writers, Woody Allen (I love you Woody, always have, always will - please make your gems, and I will be there to watch them). It has everything I look for in a comedy - brilliance, wit, clever writing, hilarious and sinister twist in the plot, amazing performances, authentic feel of the era and great musical score. "Bullets over Broadway" is pure delight from the beginning to the end. The best I could describe the film - to paraphrase the famous line from John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address: "Ask not what Art can do for you — ask what you can do for Art".

9.5/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,072, 23 October 1994

Gross USA:

$13,383,747

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,383,747
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Dolby Stereo (Mono)

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1.85 : 1
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