Thursday, August 11, 2005

Bullets Over Broadway

Yep - I'm back on my Woody Allen kick again. This one is widely considered one of his better "late" films, but it didn't really do much for me - maybe because Woody wasn't in it. Anyhow, it was a decent flick with quality acting, but the one-liners, back-and-forth banter and neuroses I expected from an Allen film just weren't there. My grade: B-

Synopsis: David Shayne is an idealistic young playwright whose life (and play) is about to be turned upside down as it heads toward Broadway. In order to gain financing for GOD OF OUR FATHERS, Shayne agrees to hire Olive Neal, the actress/girlfriend of Nick Valenti, a potential backer--who also happens to be a gangster. Unfortunately, the lass proves to be not only talent-free but ditzy to boot, a hindrance since she is supposed to play a psychiatrist. But Cheech, Olive's hoodlum bodyguard, proves to be more intuitive artistically than anyone would suspect, as his contributions improve not only Olive's performance but the quality of the flailing play as well. Meanwhile, Shayne must contend with an odd assortment of actors, including the neurotic Eden Brent, with her omnipresent, yapping dog; the pompous Warner Purcell, a corset-wearing overeater; and haughty leading lady Helen Sinclair, the aging, boozing diva with whom Shayne begins a romance. (via Yahoo)

Director: Woody Allen (Deconstructing Harry)
Writers: Woody Allen (Crimes and Misdemeanors) and Douglas McGrath (Emma)
Stars: John Cusack (Say Anything), Chazz Palminteri (A Bronx Tale), Dianne Wiest (Edward Scissorhands), Jennifer Tilly (Liar Liar), Jack Warden (While You Were Sleeping), Joe Viterelli (Analyze This), Jim Broadbent (Gangs of New York), Tracey Ullman (A Dirty Shame), Mary-Louise Parker (Red Dragon), Rob Reiner (Edtv)

Useless Trivia: During the scene when the mobsters are at the funeral, a number of headstones are shown. One displays the name "Sorice", the last name of the movie's Master Scenic Artist, Jim Sorice, who has worked on many Woody Allen movies.

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