A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.
Senator Jay Bulworth is facing speculation-induced financial ruin, so he puts out a contract on his own life in order to collect a large, new insurance policy for his family. Living each moment on borrowed time, he suddenly begins spouting raw, unfiltered--and sometimes offensive in word but satirical in spirit -- thoughts to shocked audiences and handlers in the speech of hip-hop music and culture. His newfound uninhibitedness and new relationship with Nina carry him on a journey of political and spiritual renewal.Written by
One of two theatrical feature films of the 1990s directed by Warren Beatty, which would be considered a very busy decade for the director as opposed to his previous decades working as an actor/director. The other is "Dick Tracy", which was also Oscar Nominated along with this film. The other films that Beatty starred in but did not direct were "Love Affair", which co-starred his wife Annette Bening and was Directed by Glenn Gordon Caron, who Beatty personally chose to direct the film; and "Bugsy", directed by Barry Levinson. See more »
Crewmember visible twice when Bulworth is dancing with Nina in the nightclub. See more »
[after watching Bulworth lose it on TV]
Now - would we be eligible for an Emmy, or a Peabody?
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For the song "Bulworth Breakdown", the title character Jay Bulworth is credited as a writer and performer. See more »
I cannot recommend 'Bulworth' highly enough. Sure, I've seen lots of worthy political satires. 'The Candidate', 'Wag the Dog', 'Bob Roberts', and others. But this is the finest example ever made. Warren Beatty should be very proud of this masterpiece. Not only for the guts it took to so brazenly confront the modern political process (and how it affects race relations, the film industry, education, medicine, and so on) but also for the fact that he wrote it, produced it, directed it, and starred in it. Any one of those jobs can be a supreme undertaking, and here he has accomplished all four with integrity, wit, humor, intelligence, and undeniable brass. It is quite simply impossible to watch this movie without being repeatedly shocked at the depth of its honesty. The supporting cast is also excellent, and Don Cheadle stands out as LD.
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