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Format: DVD
Sku: 40108531
UPC: 086162103988
UPC 14: 00086162103988
Category Keywords: Political  Rap Music  Romance  Satire  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Believing his career is over, senator bulworth takes out an enormous insurance policy-and a contract on his own life. Suddenly the senator is the surprise political favorite and falls hopelessly in love with nina, a beautiful, young activist. Now he must find the hit man that's out to kill him.

"Two thumbs way up!  Siskel & Ebert
"Fast, funny and furiously original!  People Magazine
"Hilariously crazy!  Newsday
"The finest, funniest comedy of the decade!  CBS TV
"Outrageous!  Los Angeles Times

Editor's Note
A surprisingly entertaining political comedy that features a funny and magnetic Beatty as the discouraged politician Bulworth, who has organized his own assassination but, after a three day bender of not sleeping, decides that he wants to live after all. He begins to tell the complete truth at all times, not caring about the potential repercussions of his offensive, yet honest, remarks. Oh yes, of course, and he starts rapping. It's a credit to Beatty that his change of heart seems so believable, and it is this performance that drives the film. All of the supporting players are solid as well, including Berry as a potential love interest who may have ulterior motives, and Platt, who is hysterical as a stressed-out, coked-up campaign aide. The film is an entertaining, well-paced romp that solidifies Beatty's presence as one of Hollywood's most vital and necessary voices.
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Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/1/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 4110398
Video UPC UPC: 00086162103988
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Halle Berry
Video Cast Info Oliver Platt
Video Cast Info Paul Sorvino
Video Cast Info Warren Beatty
Video Cast Info Vittorio Storaro - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Milena Canonero - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Warren Beatty - Director
Video Cast Info Robert C. Jones - Editor
Video Cast Info Ennio Morricone - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Warren Beatty, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Warren Beatty - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jeremy Pikser - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Warren Beatty - Story By

Awards


Oscar (1999)
   Video Award Name Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (1999)
   Video Award Name Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser, Nominee, Best Screenplay

Golden Globe (1999)
   Video Award Name Warren Beatty, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
   Video Award Name Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Image Award (1999)
   Video Award Name Halle Berry, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Don Cheadle, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...One of the best films to emerge from a Hollywood studio in the 90s..." 02/??/1999 p.40-2

USA Today
"...A racially grounded satire about political candidness, this gift for grown-ups does for Beatty what AS GOOD AS IT GETS did for Jack Nicholson..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 05/15/1998 p.9E

New York Times
"...BULWORTH works, with both urbanity and chutzpah, by viewing political puppeteering with an all-purpose jaundiced eye..." 05/15/1998 p.E19

Box Office
"...Boasting some of the year's cheekier comedic moments..." 07/01/1998 p.136

Los Angeles Times
"...[Beatty] reveals a gift for slapstick and self-parody that has not always been apparent....BULWORTH's singular nature makes it a film that can't be shrugged off..." 05/15/1998 p.C1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...There's substance in a lot of he dialogue....The movie fires shots in all directions....BULWORTH plays like a cry of frustrated comic rage..." 05/22/1998 p.31

The New York Times 8 of 10
It's great to see a grown man cry when the man has as many good reasons as Sen. Jay Bulworth, the formerly viable American politician. He has a campaign speech ("We stand at the doorstep of a new millennium ... ") that bores even him to tears... He has enemies who pronounce him "an old liberal wine trying to pour itself into a new conservative bottle." So Bulworth, played by a magically revitalized Warren Beatty, who has directed this political satire with jubilant wit and energy, sits blubbering amid his Kennedy-era mementoes, realizing that he's come to the end of the line. And then lightning strikes, to raucously funny and liberating effect. On the eve of the 1996 California primary, though "the populace is unaroused" (as an opening title announces), Bulworth goes bonkers enough to take desperate measures. He does something that works here almost as galvanizingly as it did in Network: he speaks the unspeakable truth. In a potentially cheap high-concept gimmick, Bulworth lets its button-down white politician turn homeboy, rapping excitedly to the same electorate he once put to sleep. This is not a trick every 60ish matinee idol should try. But Beatty... well knows how to avoid making a fool of himself, and how to treat sheepish naivete as a fine comic advantage. And he turns this into the kind of imaginative, anything-goes escapade that movie audiences, in the days before the pre-sold, pre-fab blockbuster, had the luxury of taking in stride. Though Beatty is obviously dedicated to the passionately liberal agenda that is espoused here, it's not his particular convictions that make the film fly. Bulworth works, with both urbanity and chutzpah, on viewing political puppeteering with an all-purpose jaundiced eye. While Beatty's changeable Bulworth dominates virtually every scene, the film gets a hilarious boost from Oliver Platt as the senator's frazzled aide. Murphy, Platt's long-suffering character, defines the film's idea of the electoral process with a string of euphemisms meant to cover for his boss... Much of the film's fun comes from watching Bulworth exult in his newfound freedom. Having taken on lots of life insurance and hired his own assassin, he delights in saying and doing anything that comes to mind. He begins to bop jovially, wearing a silly grin; he stays till dawn at an after-hours club, playing disc jockey and scratching out his favorite dirty words from a couple of rap records... Bulworth, a crystal-clear reminder of what that statement means to American politics, has been made with the visual elegance of earlier Beatty films. Shot handsomely by Vittorio Storaro, with costumes by Milena Canonero and production design by Dean Tavoularis (who goes back with Beatty to Bonnie and Clyde), it has both polish and pizazz. In the ensemble cast, Don Cheadle, Jack Warden, Isaiah Washington, Paul Sorvino and Laurie Metcalf provide comparable touches of class. - Janet Maslin

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 8 of 10
Audacious political satire about a California senator, running for reelection in 1996, who solves his crisis of conscience by telling the truth--and embracing the black community. Unsettling at times--as it's meant to be--with trenchant observations on the political process and the plight of the poor. One of Beatty's best films--as actor, director, cowriter (with Jeremy Pikser). William Baldwin and Paul Mazursky appear unbilled. - Leonard Maltin

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Product attributeActor:   Beatty,Warren
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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