Bullets over Broadway ★★★★
11.00pm-1.00am True Entertainment
The Woodman himself doesn’t appear in this. He simply co-wrote and directed it. But the familiar Woody Allen character – crumpled, anxious intellectual – is well represented by John Cusack. In prohibition America, idealistic young playwright Cusack brings his latest work to Broadway. But ideals crumble when his financial backer (Joe Viterelli) insists that his own girlfriend, no-talent bimbo Jennifer Tilly, must play a leading role. What’s more, Viterelli is a high-ranking Mafioso. Thus we have the heady mix of showbiz and gangsterdom, glamour and menace, with sexual shenanigans – involving Cusack, his girlfriend Mary-Louise Parker, Jim Broadbent and Dianne Wiest, the play’s stars – thrown in. Plus Tilly’s bodyguard Chazz Palminteri, making excellent but unwelcome alterations to Cusack’s script. The result is one of Allen’s best mid-career works – a very funny comedy with serious undertones, which brought Wiest a best supporting actress Oscar.
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