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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.
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Critic Reviews for Bananas
It is a funny picture - not too consistently, and certainly not too coherently, but when it hits, it hits.
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.
Allen's view of the world is fraught with everything except pathos, and it's a view I happen to find very funny.
Rapid-fire gags and some inspired one-liners qualify this as an early classic from Allen.
One of the early, funny films that a more mature Allen would dismiss later in his career, but nevertheless worth seeing again and again.
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.
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.
A surrealist political comedy, Woody Allen's Bananas is entertaining and gonna make you laugh a lot. Fresh.
|Fielding Mellish:||I was always, ah, I was always very shy when it came to girls. I, I remember when I was a little boy, I once stole a pornographic book that was printed in braille and I used to rub the dirty parts.|
|Semple:||I'm sorry to disappoint you but I've known Fielding Mellish for years and he's a warm, wonderful human being.|
|Fielding Mellish:||Uh, would the clerk read that statement back, please?|
|Prosecutor:||I've known Fielding Mellish for years and he's a rotten, conniving, dishonest little rat.|
|Fielding Mellish:||Okay, I just wanted to make sure you were getting it.|
|Fielding Mellish:||Can you believe that? She says I'm not leader enough for her. Who was she looking for... Hitler?|
|Esposito:||You have a chance to die for freedom.|
|Fielding Mellish:||Yes, well, freedom is wonderful. On the other hand, if you're dead, it's a tremendous drawback to your sex life.|
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