‘Bullets Over Broadway‘ is the 23rd film written and directed by Woody Allen.
Woody Allen said in Manhattan that art is what living is for. But is it worth killing for? That’s the big question at the heart of this delightful film. Full of humour and crazy characters, but also deeply resonate and with big ideas. It has a style and substance that is part of all his best works – of which this film can count as one of them.
John Cusack stars as David Shayne, a struggling playwright who agrees to take some mob money from gangster Nick Valenti (Joe Viterelli) to put on his latest play. The catch, he has to cast Valenti’s floozy girl, Olive Neal (played wonderfully by Jennifer Tilly), and overseen by her bodyguard Cheech (Chazz Palminteri). When Cheech turns out to have a flair for theatre, everyone’s plans start spiralling out of control.
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Cast & Crew
- Dianne Wiest returns, in her fifth and final appearance in a Woody Allen film.
- John Cusack also returns, having appeared in Shadows And Fog.
- Tracey Ullman‘s first appearance in an Allen film. She would return for Small Time Crooks.
- Parker Posey was up for a role (likely Olive, played by Jennifer Tilly), but lost out. She would eventually work with Allen in Irrational Man.
- The film’s title was taken from Sid Caeser sketch. Allen used to be a writer for Caesar, and asked for permission to use the title.
- Allen’s first film after leaving the studio system, and was privately funded by Sweetland Films, a production company set up by Allen’s (then) lifelong friend Jean Doumanian. Initially a three picture deal, Sweetland would fund 11 projects for Allen in all, but the relationship would end badly in 2002.
- The first Allen film to be distributed by Miramax Films, the groundbreaking indie company founded by the Weinsteins.
- In 2014, this film was adapted as a big budget Broadway Musical. It ran for four months, but was ultimately closed after just over 100 shows.
Locations (show map)
- The theatre used throughout the film is the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street and 6th Avenue, New York).
- Mob boss Nick Valenti appears to live at the Edison Hotel (228 West 47th Street and 7th Avenue)
- Cheech is quizzed by mobsters in the stables of the Claremont Riding Academy (175 West 89th Street)
- The Three Deuces Nightclub is the New Yorker Hotel (481 Eighth Avenue). It was also used in Radio Days.