Bananas

80
  • PG-13
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 1971
  • Running time: 82 min
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... read more
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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 shipped back to the US and tried as a subversive, but being that this is a comedy, and an especially light one at that, everything works out in the end. A far cry from Allen's later, more somber films, Bananas still works as an often hilarious amalgam of sight gags, one-liners, and bizarre asides.

Original Release

04/28/1971

Cast

Louise Lasser Nancy
Woody Allen Fielding Mellish
Howard Cosell Howard Cosell
Carlos Montalban General Emilio M. Vargas
Jacobo Morales Esposito
Nati Abascal
Miguel Angel Suarez Luis (as Miguel Suarez)
René Enríquez Diaz (as Rene Enríquez)
Charlotte Rae Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman Dr. Mellish
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Woody Allen

Writers

Woody Allen, Mickey Rose

Cast

Louise Lasser Nancy
Woody Allen Fielding Mellish
Howard Cosell Howard Cosell
Carlos Montalban General Emilio M. Vargas
Jacobo Morales Esposito
Nati Abascal
Miguel Angel Suarez Luis (as Miguel Suarez)
René Enríquez Diaz (as Rene Enríquez)
Charlotte Rae Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman Dr. Mellish
Dorothi Fox J. Edgar Hoover (as Dorthi Fox)
Eddie Barth Paul (as Ed Barth)
Conrad Bain Semple
Baron De Beer British Ambassador
Sylvester Stallone Subway Thug (uncredited)
Tino García
David Ortiz
Allen Garfield Man on Cross
Dan Frazer Priest
Danny DeVito

Producers

Editors

Ron Kalish, Ralph Rosenblum

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