Bananas

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MGM Released 1971

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Director:
Woody Allen
Released:
1971
Rating:
PG-13

Bananas is a farce about a man who tries to impress a girl and inadvertently gets involved in a violent revolution in South America. Fielding Mellish (Woody Allen) is living a rather ordinary life in New York City until he meets Nancy (Louise Lasser), a social activist. Fielding is instantly taken with her, despite the fact that Nancy seems only marginally interested in him. Things change, however, when Fielding appeals to her activist nature and flies to the fictitious South American country of San Marcos to participate in a revolution against its right-wing dictatorship. Unfortunately, Fielding succeeds almost too well and is quickly installed as the president of the new Banana Republic. He returns to his home in New York, only to face indictment for the war crimes committed on his behalf. Despite the fact that he was only trying to impress a girl, Fielding is forced to defend himself against the charges levied against him. Despite being an absurdist comedy, Bananas asks the question, "What would you do for love and have you ever considered that it might be too much?"

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  • 70

    Time Out London

    Allen's second feature, a tribute to the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup, is a wonderfully incoherent series of one-liners centered around a puny New York Jew's unwitting and unwilling in...

  • 60

    Empire David Parkinson

    Although there are fine homages to Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Eisenstein and Harold Lloyd here, this is a scattershot offering full of apolitical mockery.

  • 60

    The Telegraph Robbie Collin

    Effectively the Marx brothers' Duck Soup with a Cuban spin. It looks cheap, which is funny in itself, and satire and spoofery are crammed in until it bulges at the seams.

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