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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: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb. 2001
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056IEY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An early example of what Allen called his "slapdash" approach to comedy, Bananas' broad, fast humor and rapid-fire witticisms form a dazzling kaleidoscope of "inspired ingenuity and comic artistry." - Look Magazine

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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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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I've awlays considered Woody Allen a great film-maker, being influenced by Ingmar Bergman and mainly by the Groucho Marx Brothers. This film is a state of the art, it is hilarious with a political correct (or even incorrect) sense of humour.
Read between the lines, and trust me, you will find this piece one of a kind. 'Bananas' does deserve your attention.
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An early slapstick Woody Allen film. Picture quality was ok. Lots of memorable clever visuals in this & a lighter than something liek Annie Hall or Manhattan. Some political and social satire to be found.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2002
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An Interesting tale with a few exciting twists. Fielding Mellish (Woody Allen) is so enamored of Nancy that he takes on her cause and then some. Due to a twist of fait he gets involved with the op-force and by default become more than he planed to be. Will he be able to eventually impress Nancy? Or will she be able to tell deep down that he is still Mellish?
Next to "Oscar (1991)" this is one of Sylvester Stallone's best performances. That's right Sylvester is in this also. By now you can tell I liked the Snake Bite Lady (Princess Fatosh.) Dorothi Fox did a convincing J. Edgar Hoover. Look for Danny DeVito. And I think they outdid the "Tom Jones (1963)" eating scene.
If you like this kind of dictator movie, you may want to watch "Moon Over Parador (1988) "
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A funny movie about US interventions in Latin America. It is a comical rendering of the Cuban revolution in thinly veiled disguise. Allen's dry humor is evident throughout and highly enjoyable. While this is a movie intended to be funny, it is useful to understand the politics of the time. Here one can understand the idealistic outlook of the peace movements as well as the narrow minded perspective of mainstream politicians and bureaucrats! Both sides were mistaken! Highly recommended especially to those too young to remember those times.

For all its value as described above, the movie lacks the energy and the punch lines of the best Allen movies.
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