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Movie Review: 'Bullets Over Broadway'

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Bullets Over Broadway

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
John Cusack, Chazz Palminteri, Dianne Wiest, Jim Broadbent, Mary-Louise Parker, Margaret Sophie Stein, Jennifer Tilly
director:
Woody Allen
author:
Woody Allen, Doug McGrath
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it an A-

Another cozy Woody Allen confection, but this one has wit and sass. In the ’20s, an idealistic playwright (John Cusack) mounts one of his plays with backing from a Mob boss. Chazz Palminteri, in a wonderful performance, is Cheech, the glowering gangster who begins to rewrite the play; it turns out there’s nothing he won’t do to protect ”his” masterpiece. Allen isn’t defending the amorality of artists (i.e., himself) so much as he is anatomizing it. He’s saying that art wants what it wants. Dianne Wiest gives a delectable performance as an edging-over-the-hill Broadway grande dame. A-