Bananas (1971)




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Movie Info

After meeting a female political activist, nebbish New Yorker Fielding Mellish accidentally ends up becoming the leader of the tiny Central American nation of San Marcos. Many inspired gags follow in this early, anarchic comedy from director and star Woody Allen.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations)
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mickey Rose, Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 5, 2000
MGM Home Entertainment


as Fielding Mellish

as General Emilio M. Va...

as Esposito

as Sanchez

as Arroyo

as Sanchez

as Himself

as Himself

as Mrs. Mellish

as Dr. Mellish

as Priest

as Ambassador

as Prosecutor

as J. Edgar Hoover

as Tortured Man

as Policeman

as Interpreter

as Patient In Operating...

as Senator

as FBI Security

as FBI Security

as Man on Cross

as Snake Bite Lady

as Cigarette Commercial...

as Subway Thug

as FBI Man No.1

as FBI Man No.2
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Critic Reviews for Bananas

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

It is a funny picture - not too consistently, and certainly not too coherently, but when it hits, it hits.

Full Review… | March 18, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Bananas is chockfull of sight gags, one-liners and swiftly executed unnecessary excursions into vulgarity whose humor for the most part can't make up for content.

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
Top Critic

Wonderfully incoherent.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Allen's view of the world is fraught with everything except pathos, and it's a view I happen to find very funny.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Rapid-fire gags and some inspired one-liners qualify this as an early classic from Allen.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Empire Magazine

One of the early, funny films that a more mature Allen would dismiss later in his career, but nevertheless worth seeing again and again.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013

Audience Reviews for Bananas


Before Woody Allen shifted into serious character dramedies with his revolutionary film "Annie Hall" he made satires and screwball comedies like this one. Over the edge hilarious and completely absurd, "Bananas" is one of the best political satires of the seventies. Playing off of the South American revolutions of the time, and their cyclical nature, Allen stars as a nebbish version of himself who tries to be politically relevant just to get laid. Screwball in its entirety, the film speaks on the complications of foreign policy while also being absolutely ridiculous and funny. If you love the likes of Mel Brooks or the Zucker Brothers, this is going to be a film you will fall for easily.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

woody's second feature as a director is very clever, very funny. i laughed a lot, and as usual the dialogue was witty and entertaining. i felt that the film lost a lot of steam by the end, which says a lot considering the movie is already very short, but it is entertaining and really uses its ideas well, especially the opening assassination sequence.

danny d

Super Reviewer

A surrealist political comedy, Woody Allen's Bananas is entertaining and gonna make you laugh a lot. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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