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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Louise Lasser, Carlos Montalbán, Nati Abascal, Jacobo Morales
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen, Mickey Rose
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Jack Grossberg, Jack Rollins, Ralph Rosenblum
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CUCU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,094 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Puny New Yorker and gadget tester Fielding Mellish (Woody Allen) is in love with Nancy (Louise Lasser), a beautiful political activist who is herself obsessed by the battles being waged in San Marcos between the dictator General Vargas (Carlos Montalban) and his revolutionary opponents. Thus, in an attempt to impress his beloved, Mellish makes for San Marcos and in a bizarre and bewildering series of events, ends up the president of the country. An early spoof from Allen, in much the same vein as 'Sleeper' and 'Love and Death'; includes an appearance by Sylvester Stallone as a subway hoodlum.

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Woody Allen's second film as a director was a wild, unpredictable and unlikely comedy about a product-tester named Fielding Mellish (Allen), who can't quite connect with the woman of his dreams (Louise Lasser, Allen's ex-wife). He accidentally winds up in South America as a freedom fighter for a guerrilla leader who looks like Castro. Once he assumes power, the new dictator quickly goes insane--which leaves Fielding in charge to negotiate with the US. The film is chockfull of wonderfully bizarre gags, such as the dreams Fielding recounts to his shrink about dueling crucified messiahs, vying for a parking place near Wall Street. Look for an unknown Sylvester Stallone in a tiny role--but watch this film for Allen's surprisingly physical (and always verbally dexterous) humour. --Marshall Fine

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Incredibly funny, broad, slapstick, surreal political satire as Woody takes over a Latin American country to impress a girl. A few bits feel dated, and it didn't make me laugh quite as much as 'Take the Money and Run' when I recently re-watched Allen's 'early funny films', but it still has more than it's share of great comic moments. The whole trial sequence is genius worthy of the very best of the Marx Brothers. (Or, in a more modern context Monty Python)

Personally I don't love the score -- it tends to underline jokes that don't need the help. It was after this that Allen went away from having music written for his films, using existing pieces instead, which became a huge part of his filmmaking style.

But the combination of verbal wit, and wild leaps of imagination (a political assassination becomes a televised sports event to start the film) make this worth taking the time to see.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Woods VINE VOICE on 31 Oct 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Very, very funny. What else can I say ? One of Woody Allen's best slap-stick efforts, easily on a par with 'Sleeper' and 'Love and Death'.
It's very clever in parts-the sports commentary on the presidential assassination and Fielding Mellish's consummation of his marriage are nothing short of brilliant. But my favourite scene is on the tube (yes, it is Sylvester Stallone !) when Fielding tackles two thugs who are beating up an old lady. I laughed so hard my ribs ached !
Great stuff. Not as affecting as some of his later works, such as 'Annie Hall' but definitely one for Woody Allen aficionados.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on 11 April 2010
Format: DVD
This is not up there with Take the Money and run, Sleeper and Annie Hall but still well worth seeing. Alot of the humour is very silly giggly type humour with some Typical Woody Allen clever type of humour. To say this was done in 1971 it just shows how ahead of his time he is
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david lockey on 1 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
a film I remember from my youth,just great to see Woody,totally unashamed in pinching of other comedians styles ,Marx Bros etc
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mikael Larsson on 10 Feb 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of Woodys first films. Woody is as always acting as himself and finds himself in a South American country during a revolution. As always in a Woody film there is a lot of one liners and some of them are still good (25 years after they were written) some of them feels a bit like an amatour jokes. You will also be able to see Sylvester Stallone in one of his first movies as a hulligan in the subway. I would recomend this film for people that allready likes Woody but I don't think it's a film you should start with..
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Could not believe this film had passed me by - Alan at his wittiest and absolute best. Well worth a watch
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