A small but perfectly-formed comedy-drama about Broadway legend Danny Rose (Woody Allen) - not a star but perhaps the most hapless agent ever to work in the profession, whose no-hope clients include piano-playing parrots, blind jugglers, one-legged tap dancers and stuttering ventriloquists. Things change dramatically when an unexpected lounge-music craze threatens to make cheesy crooner Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte) both famous and successful, a situation that natural loser Danny is helplessly ill-equipped to deal with. Fie proves similarly hapless when Lou turns out to have a mistress (an unrecognisable Mia Farrow) whose mobster ex-boyfriend is none too impressed with the company that she's currently keeping and decides to advertise this fact at the worst possible moment. Both laugh-out-loud funny and warmly nostalgic, 'Broadway Danny Rose' is Allen's heartfelt tribute to the days of New York vaudeville that he himself experienced first-hand when starting out as a comedian two decades earlier - underscored by the fact that the Greek chorus of Broadway veterans chuckling over Danny's various mishaps and misfortunes are the real thing.
- Broadway Danny Rose review by CP Customer
this is woody allens most under valued film.the story of a low level theatrical agent who becomes involved with a gangsters moll may be low on allens trade mark wit,but this is more in the vain of manhattan than annie hall. lovingly shot in black and white with an acordian score creates an air of romantic melancholy that perfectly suits the story.romantic,funny and a happy ending what more could you want from woody.
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My favourite Woody Allen.
- Broadway Danny Rose review by Steve Mason
From Woody Allen's eighties peak. Danny Rose is a Hollywood agent representing the lowest rung of of showbusiness, handling balloon artists and animal acts. Danny turns around the career of alcoholic crooner Lou Canova and has a shot at success, but unfortunately bringing Danny into conflict with Lou's other woman (Mia Farrow) and the mob.
Broadway Danny Rose is a very warm and nostalgic film about the Manhattan supper and cabaret circuit. It is extremely funny. A moral film about the interface between success and integrity. It is a little sentimental, but this is enjoyable and not mawkish. It looks a million dollars. And the ending is a heartbreaker. You might cry.
And I swear, my hand to god, that you will love stuttering ventriloquist, Barney Dunn.