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Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

Original Title : Broadway Danny Rose
Director : Woody Allen
Writer : Woody Allen
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Robert Greenhut (I) , Charles H. Joffe , Michael Peyser
Music : Nick Apollo Forte
Photography : Gordon Willis
IMDB ID : 0087003
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poster for "Broadway Danny Rose" by Woody Allen (1984)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) - Woody Allen
 

Starring

Woody Allen Danny Rose
Mia Farrow Tina Vitale
Nick Apollo Forte Lou Canova
Sandy Baron Himself
Corbett Monica Himself
Jackie Gayle Himself
Morty Gunty Himself
Will Jordan I
 

Plot

Danny Rose is a manager of artists, and although he's not very successful, he nevertheless goes out of his way to help his acts. So when Lou Canova, a singer who has a chance of making a come-back, asks Danny to help him with a problem, Danny helps him. This problem is Lou's mistress Tina. Lou wants Tina to be at his concerts, otherwise he can't perform, but he's married, so Danny has to take her along as if she was his girlfriend. Danny however gets more than he has bargained for when two mobsters come looking for the guy who has hurt their brother by stealing the heart of Tina, the girl he loves.
 

Comments

Slapstick, style, and substance This has been called Woody's one pure comedy of the '80s, as the three films before it were more experimental and the films that followed it were more introspective works.But that doesn't make Broadway Danny Rose a light entertainment along the lines of his early '70s comedies.There is screwball humor here, of course:Mia Farrow's uncharacteristic and funny take on a gangster moll and the shootout in the warehouse that holds the Macy's parade floats quickly come to mind.But the black and white cinematography recalls Manhattan, which seems to indicate that there is more to this comedy than what's on the surface.It took a few viewings to realize it, but this is really about lonely people clinging to "talents" they feel they have.It was the first of two consecutive movies (the other being Purple Rose of Cairo) to have an unexpected and heartbreaking finale.Danny Rose serving TV dinners to his friends for Thanksgiving dinner is really sad, but Danny and his buddies do seem to be having a good time, as if they don't know any better.Farrow's Tina arrives at the door and receives cold treatment from Danny, who shuts the door on her (literally and figuratively).Then he runs down the street to talk to her--a final shot similar to Manhattan's final shot.There is a little optimism to close the film.While this is considered to be one of Allen's minor works, he was nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay for this film, and nicely balanced the wild humor and characterizations of his earlier films with pathos.A sign of things to come for his upcoming movies.