Allen's writing partner for this film was Mickey Rose, who also co-wrote Take the Money and Run and What's Up, Tiger Lily.
Rose wrote for many early television comedy shows including Sid Caesar and Dick Van Dyke. Allen was the best man at Rose's wedding
to Judy Rose, and their son Quincy Rose appears in Melinda and Melinda.
Woody Allen said he made a conscious decision not to show any blood to maintain the light, farcical tone of the film.
Howard Cosell was allowed to improvise most of his part.
The exercise desk in the movie was an imitation of Charlie Chaplin's
The rebels' anthem is the same one used in his 1973 film Sleeper.
In an interview, Woody Allen was asked why he named the movie Bananas. He responded by saying, "Because there are no bananas in it."
The film was originally titled "El Weirdo"
Awards and Nominations
Writer's Guild of America, USA - Year Nominated Oscar
Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen
Woody Allen, Mickey Rose