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Bananas (1971)




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The sharply satirical, uneven and often bizarre Bananas comes from Woody Allen's zany period and tells the story of New York nebbish Fielding Mellish (Allen) who ends up El Presidente of San Marcos, a tiny war-torn Central American banana republic after he falls in love with a radical political activist (Louise Lasser) who is more interested in making revolution than love.more
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


Woody Allen
as Fielding Mellish
Carlos Montalban
as General Emilio M. Va...
David Ortiz
as Sanchez
David Oniz
as Sanchez
Don Dunphy
as Himself
Charlotte Rae
as Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman
as Dr. Mellish
Dan Frazer
as Priest
Baron DeBeer
as Ambassador
John Braden
as Prosecutor
Dorothi Fox
as J. Edgar Hoover
Axel Anderson
as Tortured Man
Ted Chapman
as Policeman
Eulogio Peraza
as Interpreter
Hy Anzell
as Patient In Operating...
Norman Evans
as Senator
Ed Crowley
as FBI Security
Beeson Carroll
as FBI Security
Allen Garfield
as Man on Cross
Princess Fatosh
as Snake Bite Lady
Dick Callinan
as Cigarette Commercial...
Sylvester Stallone
as Subway Thug
Robert O'Connell
as FBI Man No.1
Robert Dudley
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


At one point, Woody Allen's character says to Louise Lasser's: "I fail to see the humor of this," which is exactly how I felt watching this terribly unfunny comedy that is more like random scenes and sketches sloppily put together - some of them so irritating they are nearly unbearable.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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

Bananas Quotes

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.
– Submitted by Jason S (23 months ago)
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.
– Submitted by Jason S (23 months ago)
Fielding Mellish: Can you believe that? She says I'm not leader enough for her. Who was she looking for... Hitler?
– Submitted by Maria Y (2 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by Maria Y (2 years ago)

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