Bananas (1971) USA
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Director:Woody Allen
Studio:MGM (Video & DVD)
Writer:Woody Allen, Mickey Rose
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:1 nomination
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:Spanish, French
Woody Allen  ...  (Director)
Woody Allen, Mickey Rose  ...  (Writer)
Louise Lasser  ...  Nancy
Woody Allen  ...  Fielding Mellish
Carlos Montalbán  ...  General Emilio M. Vargas
Natividad Abascal  ...  Yolanda
Jacobo Morales  ...  Esposito
Miguel Ángel Suárez  ...  Luis (as Miguel Suarez)
David Ortiz  ...  Sanchez
René Enríquez  ...  Diaz
Jack Axelrod  ...  Arroyo
Howard Cosell  ...  Himself
Roger Grimsby  ...  Himself
Don Dunphy  ...  Himself
Charlotte Rae  ...  Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman  ...  Dr. Al Mellish
Dan Frazer  ...  Priest
Nati Abascal  ...  Yolanda (as Natividad Abascal)
Summary: Woody Allen's second film as a director was a wild, unpredictable, and unlikely comedy about a product-tester named Fielding Mellish (Allen), who can't quite connect with the woman of his dreams (Louise Lasser, Allen's ex-wife). He accidentally winds up in South America as a freedom fighter for a guerrilla leader who looks like Castro. Once he assumes power, the new dictator quickly goes insane--which leaves Fielding in charge to negotiate with the U.S. The film is chockfull of wonderfully bizarre gags, such as the dreams Fielding recounts to his shrink about dueling crucified messiahs, vying for a parking place near Wall Street. Look for an unknown Sylvester Stallone in a tiny role--but watch this film for Allen's surprisingly physical (and always verbally dexterous) humor. --Marshall Fine