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Bullets Over Broadway - 1994
Tagline: A killer comedy!
Run Time: 98 minutes
John Cusack plays David Shayne, a youthful, intellectual playwright seeking to get his play staged and directed by himself. A starry-eyed writer, filled with integrity, his potential producer, Julian Marx (Jack Warden), tells him that a gangster, Nick Valenti (Joe Viterelli), is willing to be the play's angel. There is only one string, his talentless showgirl / lover, Olive (Jennifer Tilly), gets the lead part in the play. Olive is a loud, vulgar girl who, in the case of this play, would somehow have to play the role of the psychiatrist.
Shayne, if he sets aside his principles and hires Olive, can get Helen Sinclair (Dianne Wiest), a prima donna who likes to booze it up. He could also hire actors Eden Brent (Tracey Ullman) and Warner Purcell (Jim Broadbent). No contest: Shayne's principles lose.
Ultimately, the entire production becomes a test for Shayne to see if he was a true artist or not.
Fueled by a burst of creative energies, possibly from his public break up with Mia Farrow - I don't know - Allen releases Bullets Over Broadway, a wonderful film about a young writer who makes every sacrifice to get his play on Broadway. It's very funny.
Budget: $19m (USA)
Release Date: September 16, 1994 (Toronto Film Festival), October 21, 1994 (USA) January 13, 1995 (France), April 20, 1995 (Germany), September 1, 1995 (Sweeden), October 20, 1995 (Poland), April 26, 1995 (Finland)