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Bulworth (1998)

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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly Deauna Adams ... Denisha
Vinny Argiro ... Debate Director
... Gary
... Debate Producer
... Leroy (as Ernie Banks)
Amiri Baraka ... Rastaman
... Constance Bulworth
... Mrs. Brown
... Jay Bulworth
... Man with Dark Glasses
... Nina
Brandon N. Bowlin ... Bouncer #2
Mongo Brownlee ... Henchman #3
... Uncle Rafeeq
... Anthony
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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 Stuart Hoffman

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Rated R for pervasive strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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22 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,816, 17 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,525,834, 6 December 1998
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Warren Beatty held a private screening of this film for Professor Cornel West. Beatty was unsure if he wanted to release the film and asked West's opinion. West praised the film and told Beatty that it needed to be seen. See more »

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When the "lightning" flashes in the opening sequence, you can clearly see the lights reflected in the marble floor See more »

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Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: Shit. Fuck. Cocksucker.
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For the song "Bulworth Breakdown", the title character Jay Bulworth is credited as a writer and performer. See more »


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Chiquita Banana
Written by William Wirges, Leonard MacKenzie and Garth Montgomery
Parody Lyrics written by Warren Beatty (as Jay Bulworth)
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The most daring political satire ever made.
15 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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