Bullets Over Broadway

Synopsis: 1920s Broadway. Playwright David Shayne considers himself an artist, and surrounds himself with like minded people, most struggling financially as they create art for themselves, not the masses. David, however, believes the failure of his first two plays was because he gave up creative control to other people who didn't understand the material. As such, he wants to direct his just completed third play, "God of Our Fathers", insider scuttlebutt being that it may very well make David the toast of Broadway. With David having no directing history, David's regular producer, Julian Marx, can't find any investors,... until a single investor who will finance the entire production comes onto the scene. He is Nick Valenti, a big time mobster, with the catch being that his dimwitted girlfriend, non-actress Olive Neal, get the lead role. A hesitant David and Julian, who are able to talk Nick into them giving Olive one of the two female supporting roles instead, go along with the scheme hoping that
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: Miramax Films
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98 min

- It's not our anniversary.

-You're getting senile.

-It's September 28. Six months to today.

- So?

- I remember it like it was yesterday...

'cause that's the morning

we broke Joey Benjamin's legs.

- Six months? Six months!

- Yeah. Six months.

- And I'm still stuck

in this crummy rat trap!

- Olive. I brought you somethin'.

- What is it?

- Open it.

- No, you open it.

Can't you see I'm dressing?

- I'll open it. Here. Hey.

- What is it?

- Pearls! What the hell

do you think they are?

- Pearls are white.

- These are black pearls.

Don't give me that!

I never heard of black pearls.

Just 'cause you never heard of somethin'

don't mean it don't exist.

What do you think I am? Some kind

of chump? They're black, for God's sake.

- They probably came

from defective oysters.

- The pearls ain't sick.

Black pearls, they're supposed--

What? They're supposed to be black!

- Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

- Don't be that way.

You know I'm nuts about you.

If you're nuts about me, Nickie,

why don't you get me out

of this lousy chorus line?

I came to New York to be an actress.

That's where my gifts are.

You will, baby. You'll be a great

actress. A promise is a promise.

- Yeah, I--

- Come on. Get yourself dressed.

I'm takin' you to Harlem.

- The Cotton Club?

- Yeah, baby. [ Chuckles ]

[ David ] I'm telling you,

they read my play, they love it.

But they're afraid of it.

- [ Man ] It's irrelevant.

- It's not irrelevant!

The point

I'm making is that...

no truly great artist has ever

been appreciated in his lifetime.

- Not one?

- No, no.

- Flender.

- Take, uh, uh... Van Gogh

or Edgar Allen Poe.

Poe died poor and freezing

with his cat curled on his feet.

David, don't give up on it.

Maybe it'll be produced posthumously.

You know, I-I-I have never

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