Bullets Over Broadway ()

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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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David Shayne
Helen Sinclair
Olive Neal
Julian Marx
Nick Valenti
Sheldon Flender
Eden Brent
Warner Purcell
Sid Loomis
Lili (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
Charles Cragin ...
Nina von Arx ...
Josette (as Nina Sonya Peterson)
Hope W. Sacharoff ...
Hilda Marx
Brian McConnachie ...
Mitch Sabine
Victor Colicchio ...
Waterfront Hood
Louis Eppolito ...
Waterfront Hood (as Lou Eppolito)
Waterfront Hood
Peter Castellotti ...
Waterfront Hood (as Pete Castellotti)
Tony Conforti ...
Waterfront Hood
John Di Benedetto ...
Waterfront Hood (as John DiBenedetto)
Waterfront Hood (as Johnny Ventimiglia)
Three Deuces Chorus Line
Three Deuces Chorus Line (as Rachel Black)
Alison Cramer ...
Three Deuces Chorus Line
Kelly Groninger ...
Three Deuces Chorus Line
Jennifer Lamberts ...
Three Deuces Chorus Line
Carol Lee Meadows ...
Three Deuces Chorus Line (as Carol Lee Meadows Mitchell)
Jo Telford ...
Three Deuces Chorus Line
Three Deuces Chorus Line
Leigh Torlage ...
Three Deuces Chorus Line
Debra Wiseman ...
Three Deuces Chorus Line
Maitre d'
James Reno ...
Gerald Edward Dolezar ...
Cafe Waiter (as Gerald E. Dolezar)
Movie Theatre Victim (as Shannah Laumeister)
Fran McGee ...
Movie Theatre Victim
Annie Joe Edwards ...
Venus (as Annie-Joe Edwards)
Kernan Bell ...
Speakeasy Waiter
Nick Iacovino ...
Frank Aquilino ...
Sohrab Ardeshir ...
Helen's Party Guest (as Sam Ardeshir)
Molly Regan ...
Helen's Party Guest
Phil Stein ...
John Doumanian ...
Backstage Well-Wisher
Backstage Well-Wisher
Howard Erskine ...
Theater Well-Wisher
Theater Well-Wisher
Ken Roberts ...
Theater Well-Wisher
Olive's Understudy
Man at Theatre
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Waterfront Hood (uncredited)
Wiseguy (uncredited)
Jeff Mazzola ...
Movie Theatre Hitman (uncredited)
Part Guest (uncredited)
Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Movie Theatre Hitman (uncredited)

Directed by

Woody Allen

Written by

Woody Allen ... (written by) and
Douglas McGrath ... (written by)

Produced by

Letty Aronson ... co-executive producer
J.E. Beaucaire ... executive producer
Jean Doumanian ... executive producer
Robert Greenhut ... producer
Charles H. Joffe ... co-executive producer
Thomas A. Reilly ... associate producer (as Thomas Reilly)
Helen Robin ... co-producer
Jack Rollins ... co-executive producer

Cinematography by

Carlo Di Palma ... (as Carlo DiPalma)

Film Editing by

Susan E. Morse

Editorial Department

Kent Blocher ... assistant film editor
William Kruzykowski ... assistant film editor
Dale E. Grahn ... color timer (uncredited)

Casting By

Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

Santo Loquasto

Art Direction by

Tom Warren

Set Decoration by

Susan Bode
Amy Marshall

Costume Design by

Jeffrey Kurland

Makeup Department

Joseph A. Campayno ... makeup artist (as Joe Campayno)
Romaine Greene ... hair stylist
Frances A. Kolar ... makeup artist: Ms. Wiest (as Frances Kolar)
Werner Sherer ... hair stylist (as Werner Scherer)
Craig Lyman ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Jonathan Filley ... production manager
Helen Robin ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

J. David Brightbill ... dga trainee
Richard Patrick ... second assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly ... first assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)

Art Department

Frank Didio ... head carpenter
Peter Eastman ... assistant art director
Vincent Guarriello ... chief construction grip
Ray Kluga ... assistant art director
Glenn Lloyd ... art department coordinator
James Mazzola ... property master
Wayne Moss ... stand-by carpenter
Ron Petagna ... construction coordinator
Peter Rogness ... assistant art director
Cosmo Sorice ... stand-by scenic artist
James Sorice ... master scenic artist
Dave Weinman ... set dresser

Sound Department

Lee Dichter ... sound re-recording mixer: Sound One Corporation
Frank Graziadei ... sound recordist
Robert Hein ... supervising sound editor (as Bob Hein)
Bradford L. Hohle ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Sylvia Menno ... assistant sound editor
Todd Milner ... apprentice sound editor
Bruce Pross ... foley supervisor
James Sabat ... production sound mixer
Louis Sabat ... boom operator
Benjamin Cheah ... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

David E. Baron ... camera trainee (as Dave Baron)
Kenny Burke ... best boy grip (as Kenneth Burke)
Michael Caracciolo ... second assistant camera
Michael Green ... first assistant camera
Brian Hamill ... still photographer
Tom McKibbin ... best boy electric (as Tom McKibben)
Dick Mingalone ... camera operator
Ray Quinlan ... gaffer
Robert Ward ... key grip (as Bob Ward)
Jack Coffen ... gaffer: rigging (uncredited)
Chris Hammond ... electrician (uncredited)
Michael 'Flash' McDonald ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

Judie Fixler ... additional casting
Aleen Keshishian ... casting assistant
Laura Rosenthal ... casting associate
Todd Thaler ... additional casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Michael Adkins ... wardrobe supervisor
Kim Marie Druce ... assistant costume designer (as Kim Druce)
Patricia Eiben ... wardrobe supervisor
Suzanne McCabe ... assistant costume designer
Eric Mendelsohn ... assistant costume designer
Virginia D. Patton ... costume assistant
Mark Burchard ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Patrick Chevillot ... costumer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Feldbauer ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

Erika Aronson ... location assistant
Tracy Bonbrest ... location assistant
Sam Hutchins ... location scout
Megan Monaghan ... location scout
Dana Robin ... location manager
Melissa Rymer ... location scout
Mark Van Holstein ... location scout (as Mark von Holstein)

Music Department

Dan Barrett ... musician: "Three Deuces" (as Daniel Barrett)
Raymond Beckenstein ... musician: "Three Deuces"
Phil Bodner ... musician: Three Deuces (as Philip Bodner)
Don Butterfield ... musician: "Three Deuces"
Sid Cooper ... musician: Three Deuces (as Sidney Cooper)
John Frosk ... musician: "Three Deuces"
Dick Hyman ... conductor / music arranger
Stan Kurtis ... musician: Three Deuces (as Stanley Kurtis)
Walt Levinsky ... music recording supervisor (as Walter Levinsky)
Carmel Malin ... musician: "Three Deuces"
Joe Malin ... musicians coordinator
George Masso ... musician: "Three Deuces"
John Mical ... musician: "Three Deuces"
Randy Sandke ... musician: Three Deuces (as Randall Sandke)
Cynthia Sayer ... musician: "Three Deuces"
Derek Smith ... musician: "Three Deuces"
Ted Sommer ... musician: "Three Deuces"
Yuval Waldman ... musician: "Three Deuces"
Roy B. Yokelson ... music recording engineer

Script and Continuity Department

Kay Chapin ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy ... transportation captain (as Harold McEvoy)
Peter Tavis ... transportation captain
Edward Devereaux II ... driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Neil Astrow ... production assistant
Carles Berot ... marketing and creative services
Sal Carino ... assistant production auditor (as Salvatore Carino)
Peggy Craven ... production assistant
Graciela Daniele ... choreographer
Tony Fleming ... production assistant
Jennifer Gerould ... production assistant (as Jenefer Gerould)
Lauren Gibson ... assistant: Mr. Allen
Dori Golod ... assistant production coordinator
David Hummel ... production assistant (as Dave Hummel)
Eric Kopeloff ... production assistant
Scott Kordish ... production coordinator
John A. Machione ... production auditor
Brian Mannain ... studio manager
Samantha Sanders ... assistant to executive producer
Louise Storelli ... assistant to executive producer
Carl Turnquest Jr. ... projectionist
Gilbert S. Williams ... production assistant (as Gilbert S. Williams Jr.)
David Lanphier Jr. ... production assistant (uncredited)
John Mingalone ... production assistant (uncredited)
Morgan Spurlock ... production assistant (uncredited)
Nicholas Wolfert ... production assistant (uncredited)


Greg Johnson ... thanks
Martin Schnell ... thanks: 20th Century Draperies
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Plot Summary

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 that the three other actors hired will be able to make up for any deficiencies posed by Olive. What makes Olive's situation worse for David is that Nick has placed a bodyguard named Cheech - a typical thug who kills if need be - on Olive, he a constant presence at the theater during rehearsals. David is unaware or mindfully ignorant of issues concerning the other actors. Helen Sinclair, who has the lead, is a diva of an actress, who hasn't had a hit in years. Regardless, she is slyly manipulating David to make the role more glamorous befitting her real life persona than the frigid character he has written. Gossip is that Warner Purcell, the only male among the cast, has a roller coaster of a weight problem. Currently on a low, Warner tends to eat and eat and eat when when he gets stressed. And Eden Brent, a happy-go-lucky actress, has a constant companion in her pet chihuahua, Mr. Woofulls, whose presence is a constant thorn in Helen's side. With one problem after another during rehearsals, one event seems to have the potential to turn the production around on a permanent upswing,... that is if David goes along with it, he resisting if only because it would mean that his artistic vision was wrong. Regardless, there is still the potential for something to go violently wrong with Nick solely looking out for Olive's interest, and Cheech a constant presence, he seeing and hearing everything that is happening. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Coups de feu sur Broadway (France)
  • Bales sobre Broadway (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Balas sobre Broadway (Spain)
  • Kuler over Broadway (Norway)
  • Broadway üzerinde kurşunlar (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 98 min
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Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Dianne Wiest said she really struggled with Helen Sinclair's signature line. She finally decided to lower her voice when she said "Don't speak!" The lower she said it, the funnier it became. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Radioland Murders/I Like It Like That/Bullets Over Broadway/Imaginary Crimes/Clerks (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!) See more »
Quotes Rita: For me, love is very deep, sex only has to go a few inches.
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