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on September 21, 2002
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe no poll has ever been made about which one is most deemed as Woody Allen's masterpiece by far. I once thought that we seemingly tend to pick whichever we can best relate to, but recently when I had a chance to sit down and watch five of his movies all over again -- "Annie Hall", "Manhattan", "Hannah and her sisters", "Bullets over Broadway", "Mighty Aphrodite" -- I realized that any of us could easily relate to at least something in each of those great films. That would define Allen's genius when it comes to directing (romantic or un-romantic?) comedies. When it comes to casting, though, "Bullets over Broadway" must be the best of all, featuring the finest performance of every actor. Not only the credit must go to those in lead roles (John Cusack -- who played Woody Allen's would-be character, Dianne Wiest, Jack Warden, Jennifer Tilly), but the supporting cast was superb as well (with Tracy Ullman as Eden, Chazz Palmenterri as Cheech, Rob Reiner as Flender, Mary-Louise Parker as Ellen, and Stacey Nelkin -- Allen's ex-girldfriend -- as Rita). This film was perfect in each of its scenes, but if I had to pick my favorite one, it would be the final dialogue between Cusack, Parker, Reiner and Nelkin. I don't remember having heard in any other comedy a dialogue that's so hilarious and so thought-provoking at the same time.
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on September 16, 1999
As a die hard Woody Allen fan, I can honestly state that this is one of his best efforts. The characters are so incredibly good (dare I say delicious?) and the actors who bring them to life are equally exquisite. From Dianne Wiest ("Don't speak...Don't speak") to Jennifer Tilly ("Hey, Venus, where's that hooch?") to Chaz Palmentieri("You don't write the way people talk")to John Cusack ("I think I'll go now and get the psychiatric help I need"). The rest of the cast is equally marvelous, especially Tracey Ullman. She really is nothing short of brilliant in everything she does. This movie is just a delight throughout. It is truly droll and clever, never once loosing it's intelligence. The attention to detail is admirable, so much so that the film seemingly leaps out at you from the screen. I've seen this film more times than I care to mention and each time I find myself enjoying it more. Only Woody Allen could have devised such an ironic plot twist. He is, without question, the O. Henry of the cinema. One final note: No one, and I mean no one, can make New York seem more fabulous and intoxicating than Mr. Allen. All his films are love letters to this the greatest of American cities. This is to the person who accused Woody Allen of preaching through the Rob Reiner character: Give me a major break. He was spoofing the tendency of some over-indulgent artists to dramatize and take himself too seriously. Sometimes a cigar, my friend, is just a cigar. Don't read so much into things. It can sometimes get you into trouble.
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on January 25, 1999
One of the best features about "Bullets over broadway" is its start studded cast. John Cusack and Chazz Palminteri did a splendid job .Cusack is a writer of the theater who is anxious to get his play on broadway while Palminteri is a bodygaurd who actually turned parts of the play around to make it great. Diane Weist , Jennifer Tilly and Tracy Ullman stood out even more as actresses (not to be forgotten that Weist won an academy award for her role in the film)."Bullets" does not included Allen as an actor but dos capture his brilliance as a writer and director. This movie is one of his more serious efforts and yet its a film that can often be seen more than once . For viewers who dont know much about the theater its a great opportunity to learn about the stereotypes of the theater industry . This critically aclaimed film is to be considered one of Woody Allen's best pictures so far.
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on April 22, 1999
Bullets over Broadway has to be one of Woody Allens most enjoyable films. If you Love a Mixture of Gangsters and Comedy then this film is certainly for you. His imagination and creativity never ceases to amaze me, its hard to up into words the brilliance of this film. Yet again Allens cracking script is one of his best and it is suported wonderfully by a cast to die for, including John Cusack, Meg Tilly and the excellant Dianne Weist in an Oscer winning role. Allen proves yet again that he is one of Americas best Writer/Directer, and if this Film doesn't conferm that then nothing ever will.
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on January 12, 2000
This is a very entertaining film about the theater business and its uncomfortable relationship with artists but, beneath all the surface fun is a deep yet subtle examination of what an "artist" truly is. Allen manages to show quite convincingly that artistry is not about wearing the right beret and living in Greenwich Village--it's about how far you'll go for your vision. Chazz Palmintieri is brilliant as the thug who'll go so far, he'll even shoot a bad actress. Never before has the artist been so originally and hilariously portrayed.
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on November 29, 1998
This movie is my all-time favorite. Anyone who has participated in the theater will appreciate the accurate portrayal of theater stereotypes. Those who aren't interested in theater will love the humorous lines and mobster action scenes that occur throughout the movie. The best thing about this movie is that you can watch it repeatedly and discover something new every time!
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on October 15, 2000
The lines in this film are great, the sets are great, the portrayal of theatre is great, the way violence is managed without becoming gratuitous is great, the actors are great, and the plot is pretty good too. Just watch it!
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on April 2, 1999
This is a very, very, very funny film taking place in the Roaring Twenties. It's hard to describe what a great movie it is. Just see it!!!!!!!!! I'm not in the mood to write a review!!!
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on March 13, 2015
A truly funny movie. Unpopular opinion, but I think Jennifer Tilly gave the best supporting performance of the year in this gem!
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on March 5, 2013
This is one of Woody Allen's best movies. Brilliant dialogue an excellent acting by Diane Wiest and Chaz Palmintieri. A debate on art versus morality.
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