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5 Ratings: 4.2
1971 film directed by Woody Allen

The plot is very loosely based upon the book Don Quixote USA.      Originally titled El Weirdo.      Howard Cosell and Don Dunphy appear as themselves providing coverage of the presidential assassination.     

Director: Woody Allen
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 28, 1971
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Woody Allen the revolutionary.

  • Aug 30, 2009
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Bananas is about a nebbish man named Fielding Mellish who's a total slacker.  He works in a factory and his constant moaning about life drives his co-workers crazy.  He meets a pretty political activist named Nancy (Louise Lasser) and decides to impress her by getting involved in rallies (where he's nearly strangled by a fire hose) and in social activism.  After being rejected by her, he tries one last attempt to really impress her by going to Central America and joining a revolutionary army in the fictional country of San Marcos (the film begins with Wide World of Sports coverage the assassination of it's elected president who is interviewed by Howard Cosell as he's dying).  Life is hard in the third world country and the revolution isn't all that Fielding thought it would be.  Can he win the heart of Nancy?  Will the rebels in San Marcos succeed with their revolution?  You'll have to watch Bananas to find out.

Another hilarious comedy from Woody Allen.  A great follow up to Take the Money and Run.  He manages to not only bottle the brilliance of physical and screwball comedies but he also manages to work in social and political satire of his day.  Several funny scenes come to mind such as the revolutionaries robbing a local deli of sandwiches and coleslaw, the screwball courtroom scene involving the trial of Fielding Mellish, the battle in the capitol city of San Marcos and a brilliant homage to Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times.  I have to highly recommend this film for fans of comedy.

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August 30, 2009
I love this movie! This, Take the Money and Run and Sleeper are my favorite Woody Allen movies. Zelig is fourth :P
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