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Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

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In New York in 1928, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... David Shayne
Dianne Wiest ... Helen Sinclair
Jennifer Tilly ... Olive Neal
Chazz Palminteri ... Cheech
Mary-Louise Parker ... Ellen
Jack Warden ... Julian Marx
Joe Viterelli ... Nick Valenti
Rob Reiner ... Sheldon Flender
Tracey Ullman ... Eden Brent
Jim Broadbent ... Warner Purcell
Harvey Fierstein ... Sid Loomis
Stacey Nelkin ... Rita
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska ... Lili (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
Charles Cragin Charles Cragin ... Rifkin
Nina von Arx Nina von Arx ... Josette (as Nina Sonya Peterson)
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Storyline

1920s Broadway. Playwright David Shayne considers himself an artist, and surrounds himself with like minded people, most struggling financially as they create art for themselves, not the masses. David, however, believes the failure of his first two plays was because he gave up creative control to other people who didn't understand the material. As such, he wants to direct his just completed third play, "God of Our Fathers", insider scuttlebutt being that it may very well make David the toast of Broadway. With David having no directing history, David's regular producer, Julian Marx, can't find any investors,... until a single investor who will finance the entire production comes onto the scene. He is Nick Valenti, a big time mobster, with the catch being that his dimwitted girlfriend, non-actress Olive Neal, get the lead role. A hesitant David and Julian, who are able to talk Nick into them giving Olive one of the two female supporting roles instead, go along with the scheme hoping ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bullets Over Broadway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,072, 23 October 1994

Gross USA:

$13,383,747

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,383,747
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (Mono)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In two scenes where the bad guys are down at the river getting rid of some pesky people, the background music is "(Up A) Lazy River" by Hoagy Carmichael. See more »

Goofs

When Cheech and David walk through a neighborhood after the Boston opening, the corner has an obvious, modern handicap curb-cut. See more »

Quotes

David Shayne: Maybe Olive's got stage fright. Maybe she won't show.
Julian Marx: Not Olive. That dame doesn't have a nerve in her body. I don't think her spinal cord touches her brain.
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Connections

References It (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

You Took Advantage Of Me
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by The Three Deuces Musicians
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pretty good Woody
7 January 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In the late 20's NYC, idealistic playwright David Shayne (John Cusack) is trying to get his play on Broadway. He gets finance from ruthless gangster Nick Valenti but he has to cast Nick's talentless loud-mouthed girlfriend Olive Neal (Jennifer Tilly). He is horrified that he's whoring himself out. Her surprisingly-insightful escort Cheech (Chazz Palminteri), not Mr. Cheech, starts making great suggestions. David falls for aging leading star Helen Sinclair (Dianne Wiest) and cheats on his girlfriend Ellen (Mary-Louise Parker). Olive has an affair with leading man Warner Purcell (Jim Broadbent).

It's an irreverent Woody Allen movie taking a sharp jab at the backstage world with a healthy dose of mob violence. There are some hilarious moments but I do want more. I keep thinking that the movie is on the verge of great madcap fun. This is a pretty good Woody movie just below some of his greats.


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