Bullets over Broadway

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Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/1996
  • UPC: 786936436839
  • Original Release: 1994
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

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
Frank Aquilino Hood
Alan Arkin
John di Benedetto Waterfront Hood
Gene Canfield Waterfront Hood
Peter Castellotti Waterfront Hood
Victor Colicchio Waterfront Hood
Tony Conforti Waterfront Hood
Charles Cragin Rifkin
Tony Darrow Aldo
John Doumanian Backstage Well-Wisher
Annie Joe Edwards Venus
Lou Eppolito Waterfront Hood
Howard Erskine Theatre Well-Wisher
Edie Falco Lorna
Dayle Haddon Backstage Well-Wisher
Paul Herman Maitre d'
Debi Mazar Vi
Brian McConnachie Mitch Sabine
Fran McGee Movie Theatre Victim
Peter McRobbie Man at Theatre
Stacey Nelkin Rita
Carl Reiner
Ken Roberts Theatre Well-Wisher
Tony Sirico Rocco
Margaret Sophie Stein Lili
John Ventimiglia Waterfront Hood
Benay Venuta Theatre Well-Wisher
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
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
Jack Rollins Co-producer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Thomas Warren Art Director
Tom Warren Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bullets Babes Broadway Beauracracy Black comedy and so much more!

    Bullets Over broadway is a hilarious look at what one might do to "make it". And how flexible you have to be after you make your decision to go through with it. What can go wrong most certainly does here. Great characters are developed throughout the well thought out storyline. Twists and turns and the unexpected show up often. The humor in this story is in the strange and eclectic characters and in watching the well-known actors pull them off. John Cusack shines as a quirky, paranoid playwright. The story within a story keeps us interested as we see the play unfold and morph. the movie becomes about putting on a "good" play not just a play. And the character that ultimately pulls it off is a surprising one. With the backdrop of gangster wars, this film moves along from one surprising moment to the next. You find yourself saying "Did that really just happen?" Murder, scandal, affairs, and even a food addiction all lend there hand in keeping this film funny. It ultimately doesn't teach us much, but is satisfyingly a guilty pleasure on a boring Saturday night. I love it when after a movie, the actors and Directors have made me feel sorry for the bad guy. And made me question who the bad guys really are in life. Stereotypes are played out in this film and you find yourself accepting things you normally wouldn't accept and wanting bad things to happen for the sake of the shock value of it. "Guilty" pleasure says it all.

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