Rent Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

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1h 21min
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Synopsis:
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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Robert Greenhut
Writers:
Woody Allen
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Classics, Comedy
Awards:

1985 BAFTA Best Original Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
11/02/2002
Run Time:
81 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/01/2017
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0, English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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premium woody - Broadway Danny Rose review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
27/02/2007

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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Woody's Best Film. - Broadway Danny Rose review by Steve

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Updated 08/03/2021

My favourite Woody Allen, and it's a mystery to me why this funny, warmhearted morality tale isn't more widely loved. It begins with a group of (contemporary) comedians in a delicatessen who spend the evening reminiscing and telling Danny Rose stories.

Danny is a theatrical manager and the anecdote of the film takes place around New York in about 1970. He handles unpropitious acts (like his blind xylophone player or a skating penguin) who he promotes with great consideration and optimism. Danny signs Lou Canova, a fading Italian night club crooner who might be about to break through, and the story concerns Danny's adventure escorting Lou's other woman, a noisy blonde, Tina Vitale played by Mia Farrow, to an important engagement.

Gordon Willis' black and white New York is a dream. Woody is immensely sympathetic as the devoted champion of lost causes. Mia Farrow is fun as the intractably pragmatic former mafia moll. But the most stunning performance is by Nick Apollo Forte as the overweight, alcoholic former teen star chasing his second chance at the big time. He is perfect and even wrote and performed a couple of great romantic supper room ballads for his act.

The script is one of Woody's funniest and some broader humour works well too. It is extraordinary. The brilliant last scene at the Thanksgiving dinner is incredibly moving, ending outside the very deli that this story,  will one day be told. One of the best two or three films I've ever seen. And I swear, my hand to god, you will love stuttering ventriloquist Barney Dunn.

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