Bananas

Bananas

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Cast: Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalban, Natividad Abascal

     
 

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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 aSee more details below

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2000
UPC:
0027616585530
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

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 Actor
David Oniz Sanchez
Eddie Barth Actor
Norman Evans Actor
Dick Callinan Actor
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 Actor
David Ortiz Sanchez
Eulogio Peraza Actor
Tigre Perez Perez
Nicholas Saunders Actor
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
Yomo Toro Score Composer
Ed Wittstein Production Designer

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