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Bananas (1971)

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One of Woody Allen's earlier, more slapstick-oriented efforts, Bananas tells the story of Fielding Mellish (Allen), a neurotic New Yorker who follows the object of his affections, Nancy (Louise Lasser), to the fictional Central American country of San Marcos, where she is involved in a revolution. Nancy wants nothing to do with Fielding, but he soon becomes a guest of the country's dictator (Carlos Montalban), before accidentally becoming the leader of San Marcos himself. Fielding is eventually

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Classics, Comedy

Woody Allen, Mickey Rose

Jul 5, 2000

MGM Home Entertainment

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

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Wonderfully incoherent.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Allen's view of the world is fraught with everything except pathos, and it's a view I happen to find very funny.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Rapid-fire gags and some inspired one-liners qualify this as an early classic from Allen.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Although some of the humor falls flat in this early Allen comedy, his satire of revolutions and revolutionaries is perpetually topical; subsequent events in Central America have only enhanced the film's appeal.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A study of the Cuban Revolution by way of Freedonia

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Inspired by the Marx Brothers comedies (specifically Duck Soup), Woody Allen made a leap forward as filmmaker in his second feature, a zany satire composed of riotous sketches and incoherent but funny one-liners.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

An attempt to capture the same zaniness the Marx Brothers had in Duck Soup.

July 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I still love Woody's masked parents.

October 25, 2004

Yes, Allen has made better movies -- lots of them -- but I'm not sure he ever made anything funnier.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A severely overrated Allen project. This campy string of unfunny gags does not hold up.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

One of Woody's earliest, silliest, and funniest flicks.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

...inspired zaniness.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

The format of interweaving what little storytelling there is along with stand-up routines is an unfulfilling one.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Bananas is a contender for Woody's funniest film and it is definitely one that gets laughs the whole way through.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Bananas (1971) is the story of a New Yorker who becomes a South American rebel leader, to impress his political activist love interest Nancy (Louise Lasser).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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Audience Reviews for Bananas

Riding the cusp of acceptably is something Woody Allen films are good at and this is a perfect example but then to take any of it too seriously would be foolish. The story is great, with consistently funny scenes. Allen himself is particularly good. However, while the jokes come thick and fast, they come a little too fast at times and there are times when it's just an incoherent mess. It's a combination of impatient directing and incompetent (OK, maybe just naive) editing. The 'hits' outweigh the 'misses' and it's pretty good for a first proper feature films (not counting the first two films due to one being voice-over work and the second being a 'mockumentry')
March 12, 2014
SirPant

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.
January 10, 2013
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danny d

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A surrealist political comedy, Woody Allen's Bananas is entertaining and gonna make you laugh a lot. Fresh.
July 3, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Though BANANAS is funny, it couldn't be made today. From the very opening scene in which a Central American television reporter informs us that we are about to see their president publicly assassinated, it is clear that it would be considered mocking toward Latin American nations. BANANAS isn't your typical Woody Allen comedy, either. This being a very early film for Allen as director, we can use this film to see reason as to why Allen uses little music and simplistic black-and-white title sequences in most of his movies. The odd placements of pieces such as Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" make it seem more like a Mel Brooks film; and the colorful, cartoon-y title sequence looks like it came from an kids' movie.
February 21, 2012
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

    1. 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 (3 months ago)
    1. Esposito: You have a chance to die for freedom.
    2. 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 (3 months ago)
    1. Fielding Mellish: I move for a mistrial! Do you realize there's not a single homosexual on that jury?
    2. Judge: Yes there is.
    3. Fielding Mellish: Oh, really, which one? Is it the big guy at the end?
    – Submitted by Maria Y (3 months ago)
    1. Fielding Mellish: We fell in love. I fell in love - she just stood there.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (3 months ago)
    1. Nancy: Oh, Women's Rights do not automatically mean castration.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (3 months ago)
    1. Fielding Mellish: I love Eastern philosophy. It's... it's metaphysical, and redundant. Abortively pedantic.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (3 months ago)
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