Broadway Danny Rose (1984)



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

Movie Info

Danny Rose, a low-level talent agent specializing in truly dreadful acts, finds unexpected success representing a washed-up singer. However, success has complications, particularly when Danny tries to cover for the singer's affairs and as a result ends up hunted by the mob in this charming, comedic tribute to show business.

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Woody Allen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Vestron Video


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as Tina Vitale

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as Johnny Rispoli

as Johnny's Mother

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as Hood at Warehouse

as Sid Bacharach

as Angelina

as Phil Chomsky

as Water-Glass Virtuoso

as Herbie Jayson

as Blind Xylophonist

as Bird Lady

as Hypnotist

as Lady in Trance

as Lady's Husband

as Fan in Dressing Room

as Lou's Daughter

as Angelina's Assistant

as Tommy's Brother

as Tommy's Mother

as Tropical Fish Lady

as Lady at Angelina's

as Greeters at Party

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as Vincent's Wife

as Money Ripper

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as Carmine

as Deli Owner

as Fan at Waldorf

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as Manager's Friend

as Waldorf Manager

as Lady at Party

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Critic Reviews for Broadway Danny Rose

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | August 12, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Allen's perfect as a small-time, good-hearted Broadway talent agent, giving his all for a roster of hopeless clients.

Full Review… | August 12, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

All of this is accomplished with wonderfully off-the-wall characterizations.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Even the swamps of New Jersey look beautiful.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

An irresistible bauble that showcases one of the best of the 13 performances Mia Farrow delivered in an Allen production.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Creative Loafing

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."

Bob Stinson

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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Let me just say this, my expectations were not exceeded.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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