Bullets over Broadway

Bullets over Broadway

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Director: Woody Allen

Cast: John Cusack, Jack Warden, Chazz Palminteri

     
 

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Bullets Over Broadway is a Woody Allen romp that, as the title suggests, combines gangsters with show business at the height of the Roaring Twenties. David Shayne (John Cusack) is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against compromising his work, but quickly abandons that stance when his producer (Jack Warden) finds a backer to mount his show onSee more details below

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Bullets Over Broadway is a Woody Allen romp that, as the title suggests, combines gangsters with show business at the height of the Roaring Twenties. David Shayne (John Cusack) is a straight-arrow playwright who plans to stand firm against compromising his work, but quickly abandons that stance when his producer (Jack Warden) finds a backer to mount his show on Broadway. There's just one catch, however: the backer is a mobster (Joe Viterelli) who sees Shayne's play as a vehicle for his dizzy, talent-free girlfriend, Olive (Jennifer Tilly). Shayne also has to deal with the demands of veteran theatre diva Helen Sinclair (Dianne Wiest) and is shocked to discover that Olive's hitman bodyguard, Cheech (Chazz Palminteri), is probably a better playwright than he is, as he secretly revises Shayne's work when he sits in on rehearsals.

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In another of Woody Allen's homages to the Jazz Age, a mobster-turned-thespian, played exquisitely by Chazz Palmenteri, steals the show. With its pleasantly preposterous script, Bullets Over Broadway solidly exemplified Allen's 1990s comeback. As is often the case in Allen's films, the protagonist is a struggling artist. Allen often casts himself as this character; here, John Cusack gets the role, and, like such other Allen stand-ins as Kenneth Branagh in Celebrity, his mimicking of Allen's mannerisms is an acquired taste. Oscar-nominated Jennifer Tilly is fabulously bimboesque, also Oscar-nominated Palmenteri is wondrous as the inspired bodyguard who rewrites the script, and the cast is filled with Allen's usual assortment of beautifully turned small roles and oddball characters. Dianne Wiest won her second Oscar for an Allen film (the first came eight years earlier for Hannah and Her Sisters) as a stage diva whose "Don't speak!" joined the ranks of classic movie lines.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/1996
UPC:
0786936436839
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack David Shayne
Jack Warden Julian Marx
Chazz Palminteri Cheech
Joe Viterelli Nick Valenti
Jennifer Tilly Olive Neal
Dianne Wiest Helen Sinclair
Mary-Louise Parker Ellen
Rob Reiner Sheldon Flender
Harvey Fierstein Sid Loomis
Jim Broadbent Warner Purcell
Tracey Ullman Eden Brent
Alan Arkin Actor
Carl Reiner Actor
Tony Sirico Rocco
Victor Colicchio Waterfront Hood
Lou Eppolito Waterfront Hood
Gene Canfield Waterfront Hood
Peter Castellotti Waterfront Hood
Tony Conforti Waterfront Hood
John di Benedetto Waterfront Hood
John Ventimiglia Waterfront Hood
Paul Herman Maitre d'
Stacey Nelkin Rita
Margaret Sophie Stein Lili
Charles Cragin Rifkin
Fran McGee Movie Theatre Victim
Annie Joe Edwards Venus
Brian McConnachie Mitch Sabine
Debi Mazar Vi
Frank Aquilino Hood
John Doumanian Backstage Well-Wisher
Dayle Haddon Backstage Well-Wisher
Tony Darrow Aldo
Howard Erskine Theatre Well-Wisher
Benay Venuta Theatre Well-Wisher
Ken Roberts Theatre Well-Wisher
Peter McRobbie Man at Theatre
Edie Falco Lorna

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Letty Aronson Co-producer
J.E. Beaucaire Executive Producer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Campayno Makeup
Graciela Daniele Choreography
Jean Doumanian Executive Producer
Jonathan Filley Production Manager
Frank Graziadei Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Greenhut Producer
Jack Rollins Co-producer
Charles H. Joffe Co-producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Amy Marshall Set Decoration/Design
Douglas McGrath Screenwriter
Susan E. Morse Editor
Carlo Di Palma Cinematographer
Richard Patrick Asst. Director
Thomas A. Reilly Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Helen Robin Co-producer,Production Manager
Juliet Taylor Casting
Tom Warren Art Director

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