Bananas

Synopsis: Fielding Mellish (a consumer products tester) becomes infatuated with Nancy (a political activist). He attends demonstrations and tries in other ways to convince her that he is worthy of her love, but Nancy wants someone with greater leadership potential. Fielding runs off to San Marcos where he joins the rebels and eventually becomes President of the country. While on a trip to the states, he meets Nancy again and she falls for him now that he is a political leader.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Metacritic:
67
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
GP
Year:
1971
82 min
66 Views

Good afternoon. Wide World of Sports

is in the Republic of San Marcos

where we're going to bring you

a live, on-the-spot assassination.

They're going to kill the president

of this lovely country

and replace him

with a military dictatorship.

Everybody is about as excited

and tense as can be.

The weather this afternoon is perfect

and, if you've just joined us,

we've seen a series of colourful riots

that started with the bombing

of the American Embassy,

a ritual as old as the city itself.

Then the leader of the Labour Union,

Julio Doaz,

was dragged from his home

and beaten by an angry mob.

lt was one of the most exciting

spectacles l've ever seen.

We'll probably have a videotape

replay of that later on.

All around, there are

colourful flags and hats.

Now the moment we've been waiting for

is here. Everyone is getting quiet.

The president will leave his office

and walk down the steps of the palace.

For that, we're going down on the

playing area. Take it away, Howard.

This is tremendous, Don, just tremendous.

The atmosphere heavy,

uncertain, overtones of ugliness.

A reminder, in a way, of how it was

in March of 1964 at Miami Beach

when Clay met Liston for the first time

and nobody was certain

how it would turn out.

The crowd is tense.

They've been here since ten this morning.

And... And l think l see...

the door beginning to open.

El presidente may be coming out.

The door opens. lt's he.

lt's El presidente.

He turns!

And down!

lt's over. lt's all over

for El presidente!

This reporter is going to get to him,

if he can, through this mob

for one last word before he expires.

As you can see,

this crowd is not to be trifled with.

They're in a frenzy. They're trying

to get over to El presidente

even as l am trying to do now.

Would you people let me through?

This is American television.

American television.

Please let me through.

We're getting through now.

Here we are. Here we are. Sir.

Sir, you've been shot.

When did you know it was all over?

Fascist... dictator.

You're upset. That's understandable

under the circumstances.

l guess now you'll have to announce

your retirement.

Well, good luck to you, sir.

Now, if you folks will bear

with me for a moment,

l'm going to try and get in a word

with the new dictator of San Marcos.

That's assuming l can get through

this noisy, demonstrative crowd.

l wonder if you people

would let me through.

l see the general off in the distance.

The new dictator

talking to one of his men.

Excuse me. Excuse me, sir.

General. General, congratulations.

General Emilio Molina Vargas.

General, a word from you,

if you will, sir, for our viewers.

For many years, l have waited for

this day, but now l am the state.

You may say that, sir, but many

important diplomats contend

that you remain

the most hated man in the state.

l will shut down the newspapers.

l will train my soldiers.

We'll find the rebels.

They may be in the form of democratic

guerrilla factions off in the hills.

No, sir. We'll find them. Don't worry.

- Good luck to you, sir.

- Thank you, sir.

Well, you've heard it with your own eyes.

Now we're going to have to see

what the future brings.

Now, from the little dictatorship

of San Marcos in Latin America,

let's go back to Jim McLane

in our studios in New York.

Gentlemen, the Exec-usiser.

The latest work-in-progress

at General Equipment.

lt's only in the development stage,

but it should be in the market

within two years.

lt certainly looks impressive.

The Exec-usiser is a device to help

busy executives exercise

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