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Bananas (1971)



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The sharply satirical, uneven and often bizarre Bananas comes from Woody Allen's zany period and tells the story of New York nebbish Fielding Mellish (Allen) who ends up El Presidente of San Marcos, a tiny war-torn Central American banana republic after he falls in love with a radical political activist (Louise Lasser) who is more interested in making revolution than love.

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Woody Allen
as Fielding Mellish
Carlos Montalban
as General Emilio M. Vargas
David Ortiz
as Sanchez
David Oniz
as Sanchez
Don Dunphy
as Himself
Charlotte Rae
as Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman
as Dr. Mellish
Dan Frazer
as Priest
Baron DeBeer
as Ambassador
John Braden
as Prosecutor
Dorothi Fox
as J. Edgar Hoover
Axel Anderson
as Tortured Man
Ted Chapman
as Policeman
Eulogio Peraza
as Interpreter
Norman Evans
as Senator
Hy Anzell
as Patient In Operating Room
Ed Crowley
as FBI Security
Beeson Carroll
as FBI Security
Allen Garfield
as Man on Cross
Princess Fatosh
as Snake Bite Lady
Dick Callinan
as Cigarette Commercial Man
Sylvester Stallone
as Subway Thug
Robert O'Connell
as FBI Man No.1
Robert Dudley
as FBI Man No.2
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Critic Reviews for Bananas

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (9) inventive piece of filmmaking, full of cinephilic references and most evocative of the period during which it was made.

March 15, 2021 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Woody Allen is funny by reason of being Woody Allen, but that is becoming a decreasingly cashable asset.

May 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Much of the humour is blunted by Allen's self-indulgence as both a director and actor.

May 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Currently Allen looks like the best American film clown around.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Rapid-fire gags and some inspired one-liners qualify this as an early classic from Allen.

May 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is a funny picture - not too consistently, and certainly not too coherently, but when it hits, it hits.

March 18, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bananas


At one point, Woody Allen's character says to Louise Lasser's: "I fail to see the humor of this," which is exactly how I felt watching this terribly unfunny comedy that is more like random scenes and sketches sloppily put together - some of them so irritating they are nearly unbearable.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Before Woody Allen shifted into serious character dramedies with his revolutionary film "Annie Hall" he made satires and screwball comedies like this one. Over the edge hilarious and completely absurd, "Bananas" is one of the best political satires of the seventies. Playing off of the South American revolutions of the time, and their cyclical nature, Allen stars as a nebbish version of himself who tries to be politically relevant just to get laid. Screwball in its entirety, the film speaks on the complications of foreign policy while also being absolutely ridiculous and funny. If you love the likes of Mel Brooks or the Zucker Brothers, this is going to be a film you will fall for easily.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

woody's second feature as a director is very clever, very funny. i laughed a lot, and as usual the dialogue was witty and entertaining. i felt that the film lost a lot of steam by the end, which says a lot considering the movie is already very short, but it is entertaining and really uses its ideas well, especially the opening assassination sequence.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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