Bananas (1971)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy, Political Satire, Slapstick  |   Release Date - Apr 28, 1971 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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One of Woody Allen's earlier, more slapstick-oriented efforts, Bananas tells the story of Fielding Mellish (Allen), a neurotic New Yorker who follows the object of his affections, Nancy (Louise Lasser), to the fictional Central American country of San Marcos, where she is involved in a revolution. Nancy wants nothing to do with Fielding, but he soon becomes a guest of the country's dictator (Carlos Montalban), before accidentally becoming the leader of San Marcos himself. Fielding is eventually shipped back to the US and tried as a subversive, but being that this is a comedy, and an especially light one at that, everything works out in the end. A far cry from Allen's later, more somber films, Bananas still works as an often hilarious amalgam of sight gags, one-liners, and bizarre asides.

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revolution, Central-America, dictator, fish-out-of-water, trial [courtroom], survivor, politician

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High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance