Directed By: Warren Beatty Starring: Don Cheadle Halle Berry

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Bulworth: fresh and original

by A Viewer on 5/13/1999

I thought it was an excellent movie with excellent writing. It was very funny and fresh. Warren Beatty did a terrific job. It is really one of the more original movies I have seen.

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Hilarious Political Comedy

by Mike Pierce(Pepeman@iname.com) on 1/4/2000

Bulworth provides a dramatic new twist on the political comedy. Bulworth is a must have for any comedy fan and the hip hop soundtrack provides an excellent complement to the commentary on urban politics in the 90s. All in all one of my favorite comedies.

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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.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40108531
UPC 086162103988
UPC 14 00086162103988
Format DVD
Release Date 2/1/2005
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Rap Music
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Editors Note
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.
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
Warren Beatty
Don Cheadle
Halle Berry
Cast & Crew
Halle Berry - Actor
Oliver Platt - Actor
Paul Sorvino - Actor
Warren Beatty - Actor
Vittorio Storaro - Cinematographer
Milena Canonero - Costume Designer
Warren Beatty - Director
Robert C. Jones - Editor
Ennio Morricone - Musical Score
Warren Beatty, et al. - Producer
Warren Beatty - Screenplay
Jeremy Pikser - Screenplay
Warren Beatty - Story By
Technical Info
Catalog ID 4110398
UPC 00086162103988
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Oscar (1999) Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (1999) Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser, Nominee, Best Screenplay
Golden Globe (1999) Warren Beatty, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Image Award (1999) Halle Berry, Nominee, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Motion Picture,Don Cheadle, Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review 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.
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 8
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Beatty,Warren
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Siskel & Ebert Two thumbs way up!
People Magazine Fast, funny and furiously original!
Newsday Hilariously crazy!
CBS TV The finest, funniest comedy of the decade!
Los Angeles Times Outrageous!

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