Broadway Danny Rose
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A Broadway agent/comic gets into trouble with the Mafia while he is trying to get his client's career back on track.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 7-SEP-2004
Media Type: DVD
Often overlooked, Broadway Danny Rose has developed a cult following among select Woody Allen fans; Chris Rock, of all people, says it's one of his favorite films. Allen plays a devoted talent agent for acts whose talent is, shall we say, marginal. But one of his clients, a faded singer named Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte), suddenly has a chance to perform for a record executive. Nervous, Canova insists that Rose bring his girlfriend to the show--unfortunately, his girlfriend is Tina Vitale (Mia Farrow), the wife of a big-time mobster. (Farrow's performance is superb and unlike anything else in her career: loud, brassy, and comically obnoxious.) Part caper, part-show biz satire, Broadway Danny Rose would make an excellent companion to Paper Moon; both are a delightful combination of nostalgia and cutting observations about human nature. --Bret Fetzer
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Broadway Danny Rose is a great movie with sublime acting by Woody Allen. Wow, I even got teary eyed for the hard-luck theatrical agent- a guy who makes it personal with his acts… even at Thanksgiving. Mia Farrow pulled off Tina so well. I did not know it was Mia Farrow until the credits rolled.
Broadway Danny Rose is filmed in Black and White, based in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. The main characters are seeking to maximize on the nostalgia craze for dinner show crooners of the 1940’s and 1950’s.
While playing on the nostalgia of another time not too long ago, the movie evokes nostalgia to the viewer (me) for New York City of their time with the old style yellow cabs, the dinner shows, right down to details like the particular patterned Corelle cups dinner ware at the diners.
“The Danny Rose Special.” “The man is a legend. We’re having laughs. With these kind of laughs it’s worth it….”
Anyway, Danny winds up running for his life after confiding to Farrow in a diner that his whole life is based on guilt. As he noted one of his family members said, "We are all guilty in the eys of God." Farrow then asks him if he believes in God, and Danny answers, "No, but I'm guilty about it."
For lines and a sweet movie that will leave you laughing and feeling good, I recommend this movie. Then go rent "Moon Over Parador," another movie no one has seen, but has great lines and performances by Richard Dreyfuss and Raul Julia.
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