Bananas

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Overview

One of Woody Allen's earlier, more slapstick-oriented efforts, Bananas tells the story of Fielding Mellish Allen, a neurotic New Yorker who follows the object of his affections, Nancy Louise Lasser, to the fictional Central American country of San Marcos, where she is involved in a revolution. Nancy wants nothing to do with Fielding, but he soon becomes a guest of the country's dictator Carlos Montalban, before accidentally becoming the leader of San Marcos himself. Fielding is eventually shipped back to the US ...
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Overview

One of Woody Allen's earlier, more slapstick-oriented efforts, Bananas tells the story of Fielding Mellish Allen, a neurotic New Yorker who follows the object of his affections, Nancy Louise Lasser, to the fictional Central American country of San Marcos, where she is involved in a revolution. Nancy wants nothing to do with Fielding, but he soon becomes a guest of the country's dictator Carlos Montalban, before accidentally becoming the leader of San Marcos himself. Fielding is eventually shipped back to the US and tried as a subversive, but being that this is a comedy, and an especially light one at that, everything works out in the end. A far cry from Allen's later, more somber films, Bananas still works as an often hilarious amalgam of sight gags, one-liners, and bizarre asides.
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Editorial Reviews

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A prime example of the "earlier, funnier" Woody Allen films, Bananas is a consistently off-kilter story about an American product tester (Allen) who ends up as a Latin American dictator. It's an anarchic take on 1960s-style revolutionaries. The satire is light, but the film is packed with trademark Allen one-liners, slapstick, and sight gags, and Allen the actor is in top form. Some of the material became quickly dated, but Bananas is an excellent showcase for the often-overlooked comic talents of the first of Allen's three leading actress/girlfriends, Louise Lasser. Marvin Hamlisch's witty score is a great contribution to the success of the film. Asked why the film was called Bananas, Allen told an interviewer: "Because there are no bananas in it." Building on the cult success of the extremely silly Take the Money and Run two years earlier, Bananas marked the real start of Allen's remarkable run of comic successes in the 1970s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2000
  • UPC: 027616585530
  • Original Release: 1971
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Fielding Mellish
Louise Lasser Nancy
Carlos Montalban General Emilio M. Vargas
Natividad Abascal Yolanda
Jacobo Morales Esposito
Miguel Angel Suarez Luis
Dorothi Fox J. Edgar Hoover
Bob O'Connell
David Oniz Sanchez
Eddie Barth
Norman Evans
Dick Callinan
Rene Enriquez Diaz
Jack Axelrod Arroyo
Don Dunphy Himself
Dan Frazer Priest
Martha Greenhouse Dr. Feigen
Axel Anderson Tortured Man
Arthur Hughes Judge
John Braden Prosecutor
Ted Chapman Policeman
Dagne Crane Sharon
Conrad Bain Semple
Robert Dudley FBI Man#2
Ed Crowley FBI Security
Beeson Carroll FBI Security
Allen Garfield Man on Cross
Princess Fatosh Snakebite Lady
Hy Anzell Patient In Operating Room
Howard Cosell Himself
Roger Grimsby Himself
Charlotte Rae Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman Dr. Mellish
Baron DeBeer Ambassador
Marilyn Hengst
David Ortiz Sanchez
Eulogio Peraza
Tigre Perez Perez
Nicholas Saunders
Sylvester Stallone Subway Hood
Jake Holmes Singer
Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director, Screenwriter
Nathan Boxer Sound/Sound Designer
Gene Coffin Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew M. Costikyan Cinematographer
Fred T. Gallo Asst. Director
Jack Grossberg Producer
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer
Vicky Hernandez Casting
Jack Rollins Producer
Charles H. Joffe Producer
Ron Kalish Editor
Robert J. Koster Production Manager
Howard Liebling Songwriter
Herb Mulligan Set Decoration/Design
Mickey Rose Screenwriter
Ralph Rosenblum Producer
Guy del Russo Makeup
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Victor Guillermo Toro Score Composer
Ed Wittstein Production Designer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Fun...!

    Its one of the best from Woody Allen. Any one who like to saw the dictator view, has to see this one. also staring Jacobo Morales, who is one of the best comedian and Miguel Angel Suarez.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time

    This movie is so funny i swear I almost pissed my pants. I have counted how many times i have seen it and the answer is 27, and evry time I see it it is still so funny. I recomend this to any body who loves comedy.

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