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1,707 Ratings

Bullets Over Broadway

Directed by Woody Allen
United States, 1994
Comedy, Crime


In 1920s New York, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

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Bullets Over Broadway Directed by Woody Allen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1995 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1995 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Independent Spirit Awards

1995 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Female

1995 | 2 nominations including: Best Feature

There are so many scene-stealing actors in this picture, and so many scenes worth stealing, that “Bullets Over Broadway” becomes the comedy equivalent of a run on a bank… All the characters are riffs on familiar types — filmic and theatrical — except for Cheech (Chazz Palmintieri), the henchman assigned to keep an eye on Olive. He’s that rarity of rarities, a character you haven’t seen before — a playwright in the body of a gangster.
November 18, 2011
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…Much more than Husbands and Wives, this film feels like a direct response to the Soon-Yi scandal — but the fact that it’s couched within such a broad, goofy comedy makes it go down fairly easy, especially since the premise itself doesn’t exactly qualify as subtle (yet still works like gangbusters). Cusack makes for one of the more successful pseudo-Woodys, and has a fabulous rapport with Palminteri…
October 07, 2011
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[Bullets Over Broadway is] one of [Allen’s] funniest and most accomplished films of the past two decades—cleverly written, beautifully designed, and well-shot, to be sure, but a movie that truly soars on the quality of its extraordinary performances… [It] may have asked the same ethical questions that were dogging Allen himself during those tumultuous years… but like his best work, it leaves the tough questions unanswered—it’s a cry of moral confusion masquerading as a titter of delight.
September 01, 2006
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