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

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Danny Rose (Woody Allen), a hopeless New York talent agent, is a tireless workhorse for his eccentric, unimpressive acts. When Rose signs has-been lounge singer Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte), he knows he has to go to great lengths to keep his new client, which means escorting Canova's mistress, Tina (Mia Farrow), to the singer's shows. The only problem is that her ex-boyfriend is a jealous gangster who thinks Rose is her new man and wants revenge.

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  • Aug 12, 2015
    Again with the show business and that big dirty New York seen through nostalgic lenses (it sells, okay, so if it ain't broke don't fix it, oy vey), and this time with Allen as the worst in the business, the talent manager, and he's really the worst in the business, but played with a heart of gold already. It's got its moments, but hey, they're warm moments. Whaddaya want for nothing? Its a keeper, so keep it already.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2012
    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 W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2012
    The Woody Allen films starring Woody Allen are always the best ones. "Broadway Danny Rose" is short, humorous, and endearing and benefits from the writing and acting skills of its creator. "I don't wanna badmouth the kid, but he's a horrible, dishonest, immoral louse. And I say that with all due respect."
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  • Aug 15, 2011
    Black-and-white comedy film written, directed by and starring Woody Allen. It was screened out of competition at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. A hapless talent manager named Danny Rose, by helping a client, gets dragged into a love triangle involving the mob. His story is told in flashback, an anecdote shared amongst a group of comedians over lunch at New York's Carnegie Deli.Rose's one-man talent agency represents countless incompetent entertainers, including a one-legged tap dancer, and one slightly talented one: washed-up lounge singer Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte), whose career is on the rebound.With clever dialogues(Allen's style) this movie is very funny.
    Andre T Super Reviewer

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