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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

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100

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 0

Woody Allen's hard-working, uphill-climbing Broadway talent agent is rendered memorably with equal parts absurdity and affection.

100

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

Woody Allen's hard-working, uphill-climbing Broadway talent agent is rendered memorably with equal parts absurdity and affection.

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A smaller, amusing comedy from writer/director Woody Allen, Broadway Danny Rose begins with a bunch of show business vets sitting around a table at New York's Carnegie Deli and reminiscing about the legendary titular character, a loser of an agent who would represent anyone, including blind xylophonists, piano-playing birds, and has-been crooners with drinking problems. Allen plays Rose as a befuddled, warm-hearted schlub who finally has a shot at getting somewhere when he signs washed-up lounge

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Comedy, Romance

Woody Allen

Nov 6, 2001

Vestron Video

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (0) | DVD (11)

Woody Allen attends to his neglected lovability factor in this tiny, anecdotal comedy.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Allen's perfect as a small-time, good-hearted Broadway talent agent, giving his all for a roster of hopeless clients.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The jokes are firmly embedded in plot and characterisation, and the film, shot by Gordon Willis in harsh black-and-white, looks terrific; but what makes it work so well is the unsentimental warmth pervading every frame.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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All of this is accomplished with wonderfully off-the-wall characterizations.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Even the swamps of New Jersey look beautiful.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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An irresistible bauble that showcases one of the best of the 13 performances Mia Farrow delivered in an Allen production.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Woody Allen received well deserved Oscar nods as writer and director of this original b/w comedy about a talent agent down on his luck.

April 23, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It's a lovable Woody at the top of his game.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Another Allen gem.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Warm, funny and steeped in affectionate characterizations -- this is Allen at his most sprightly.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Although the film contains many of the great verbal jokes that are Allen's forte, the visual wit and the sentimental drama fall a bit short.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Like Hannah and Her Sisters it strikes a perfect balance between structure, pathos, and sheer laughs.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A paean to the loveable losers in show biz who give it all they've got but still cup up short.

March 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A modest but often side-splitting effort from the neurotic comic.

December 1, 2003
Nitrate Online

Good, but not great Allen film.

August 14, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Woody Allen's very best ... which puts it in some pretty good company.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

A great film from an American master.

January 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A smaller work in Allen's stable

October 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Broadway Danny Rose

Woody Allen at the top of his game. Cinematographer Gordon Willis is a God.

''I'll let you have her at the old price, which is anything you want to give her."
May 3, 2007
brooklynspo

Super Reviewer

Danny Rose: I don't wanna badmouth the kid, but he's a horrible, dishonest, immoral louse. And I say that with all due respect. 

Broadway Danny Rose is a small, brisk, sometimes funny, and most of the time amusing little comedy from Woody Allen. Allen has done much, much better work, but he's also done much, much worse work. It's a film along the lines of A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, where the best thing you can really say about it is that it is amusing. It's doesn't have the same appeal as some of his great works like Hannah and Her Sisters or Manhattan, yet because it is Woody Allen; it is still likable in a way that only a Woody Allen film can be.

We hear a story told by a comedian to a bunch of other comedians about a man named Danny Rose. Danny is a theatrical agent and most of his clients happen to be talentless hacks. One of his clients, Lou Canova, was big time in the 50's, but is now a has been. When people start getting back into the nostalgia music that Lou sings, he has one last chance to make it big again. In order for him to be able to perform well, he wants his girlfriend to see him at the big show. The only problem is that Lou's wife will also be there. So he gets Danny to escort her and act like she's his date. Things go bad when an ex-boyfriend gangster mistakes Danny for her new lover.

What makes this movie go down so much better is Mia Farrow's presence. She's a beautiful girl and a really good actress. She displays a different presence in this film, then were use to seeing from her; especially in Woody Allen films. Allen plays another Allen character, and his jokes remain based on an intellectual level. There's a great scene with some helium though, that displays some dumb humor, and was actually the funny part of the whole film.

Broadway Danny Rose is an average film from Allen. If you like him, this is worth a look as are all of his films. If you don't like him, this won't be the film that will change your mind. It's definitely lesser Allen, but still enjoyable Allen. When it comes to his long, long filmography; this one probably falls near the halfway point when it comes to how good it is. Just don't expect a movie worthy of his greatest and you'll be alright with Broadway Danny.
August 13, 2012
blkbomb
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Let me just say this, my expectations were not exceeded.
August 11, 2012
flixsterman
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Dear Mr. Woody Allen,

This letter is regarding BROADWAY DANNY ROSE. I'm aware the film was released an entire twenty-eight years ago, which must seem like forever to you, considering how prolific you are as a director, but you just can't forget the unforgettable, can you? You know, I'll freely admit that I'm only fourteen years old, and when I express my love for your work to others-particularly those who for whatever reason yield a lack of appreciation for your hysterically wry humor-I often am told that I'm your youngest fan. And I just don't see why I should give a damn. Why? Your work (save for a few disappointments in recent years, such as SCOOP and TO ROME WITH LOVE) consistently reminds me just why I love film. BROADWAY DANNY ROSE is a beauty I must applaud you for, because it does this especially well. You take a subject like theater that a diehard film fan like me, quite frankly, does not care so much for; you use that to embody your main character, Danny Rose, who marks your best performances, by the way; and you take some risks with the production. My personal favorite film of yours is MANHATTAN, which appeared just five years prior to BROADWAY. When I see the word "Broadway" in a film's title-or anywhere, for that matter-I think of flamboyant, colorful costumes flashing brightly in front of my face. Yet your presentation of a film that is quasi-Broadway-centric reprises the utter beauty of MANHATTAN: black-and-white.

I'm sure you understand that even if it doesn't come without those flaws, BROADWAY DANNY ROSE is brilliant and deep in the eyes of a cinephile. They say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and I guess with a film like this, I must be one of at least a thousand beholders.

Thank you for your time, and please continue to maintain an excellent career.

From your ever loyal fan,

Alexander "The Cinemaniac" Diminiano

read the review/letter beyond this mere excerpt at themoviefreakblog.com
July 26, 2012
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

    1. Danny Rose: [asks about her ex-husband] What'd you do, you divorced him, or got a separation, or what?
    2. Tina Vitale: Nah, some guy shot him in the eyes.
    3. Danny Rose: Really? He's blind?
    4. Tina Vitale: Dead.
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
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