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Broadway Danny Rose
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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 7-SEP-2004
Media Type: DVD
Top Customer Reviews
I decided to watch the film again, to determine exactly what about it that so many people loved so much . I was truly mystified. But during that second viewing, I really began to soak in the message about the lovable "loser" Woody plays, not to mention the fact that I couldn't stop laughing! How could I have missed this stuff before? This is Woody at his most subtle best, in a masterpiece comparable and perhaps even surpassing Manhattan (another one that took me a few times to appreciate).
Bottom line: if you are looking for pure slapstick, watch Bananas or Sleeper. If you are looking for a deep, thought-provoking drama, watch Crimes and Misdeameanors. But if you are looking for a subtle charmer that deals with the little problems of life in an original, compelling way, watch Broadway Danny Rose (and Manhattan).
The story is presented as a reminiscence told by one of a group of older Jewish catskill resort type entertainers who are gathered at the Carnegie Deli in Manhattan trading Danny Rose stories.
One of the obvious strengths of this movie is the authentic NY patois whether Jewish or Italian. The scenes with Mia Farrow and Allen are extremely funny.
The film is in B&W.
The final scene, where Allen is playing Thanksgiving Day host to a rag-tag bunch of has-been or never-been showbiz acts, has to rank up there as one of the most pathos-laiden moments put on film. We feel for these people, these "freaks" who have no home and no one to love them, because Allen's Danny Rose--a man with very limited means that have just become even more limited through the actions of Mia Farrow's Tina Vitale--genuinely cares for them. The line about frozen turkeys being cheaper than the real thing "and just as good," breaks my heart every time I hear it. Allen does not play up any of this.Read more ›
Aside from Allen, the only easily recognizable name on the marquee is Mia Farrow. And, if you didn't see her name, there is a good chance you would miss her on the screen, behind tinted, oversized glasses and a great, cheap blond wig. There are at least two very brief famous name cameo appearances from Milton Berle and Howard Cosell, but they are so short and done at such a distance you could be forgiven for thinking it was not really them.
This is so unlike a Woody Allen film that until I watched it again on the DVD and saw the writing and directing credits and the long list of Allen regulars on the crew, I thought this was like Allen's appearance in `The Front', where he simply appears as one of the lead actors, co-starring with Zero Mostel, and not as the writer / director.
The thing which gives it all away of course is Allen's classic nebbish character (which actually does not appear in that many movies, as Allen typically plays a very accomplished character in most films) and the great poignancy and pathos of the story. This was the great change to Allen's writing which came with `Annie Hall' and which is almost as big a part of all subsequent movies as the music, the New York settings, the ensemble cast, the one liners, the visual humor, and the great crew.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious story told with a sensitivity common to Woody's films. Mia Farro does an outstanding job as his supporting actress. Read morePublished 5 days ago by John A. Leraas
This movie is great even for those that are not Woody Allen fans. Interesting characters, great cast and a bit out there without getting too far out. Don't miss it!Published 29 days ago by Paul
Allen displays a lot of warmth for the characters here. Farrow is remarkable in an atypical role for her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Neville Marinera
If you like Woody Allen, you will enjoy this. There are several old comedians in this movie who are no longer with us. Nice to see them here. Mia Farrow does a good job.Published 1 month ago by Stephen F. Jordan