Bananas (1971)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 28, 1971
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2000
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Allen's view of the world is fraught with everything except pathos, and it's a view I happen to find very funny.

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TV Guide

Although some of the humor falls flat in this early Allen comedy, his satire of revolutions and revolutionaries is perpetually topical; subsequent events in Central America have only enhanced the film's appeal.

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Variety Staff

Bananas is chockfull of sight gags, one-liners and swiftly executed unnecessary excursions into vulgarity whose humor for the most part can't make up for content.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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

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Fernando F. Croce

A study of the Cuban Revolution by way of Freedonia

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Wonderfully incoherent.

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One of the early, funny films that a more mature Allen would dismiss later in his career, but nevertheless worth seeing again and again.

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Emanuel Levy

Inspired by the Marx Brothers comedies (specifically Duck Soup), Woody Allen made a leap forward as filmmaker in his second feature, a zany satire composed of riotous sketches and incoherent but funny one-liners.

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Carlos Magalhães
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… More
Lucas Martins
A surrealist political comedy, Woody Allen's Bananas is entertaining and gonna make you laugh a lot. Fresh.
Spencer S.
Before Woody Allen shifted into serious character dramedies with his revolutionary film "Annie Hall" he made satires and screwball comedies like this… More
Jonathan Hutchings
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danny d
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… More
Greg S
Trying to get over his breakup with Lousie Lasser, nebbish Fielding Mellish (Woody Allen) winds up in the fictional banana republic of San Marcos, eventually… More