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Bulworth (1998)

A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

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Kimberly Deauna Adams ...
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Amiri Baraka ...
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Constance Bulworth
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Senator Jay Bulworth is facing speculation-induced financial ruin, so he puts out a contract on his own life in order to collect a large, new insurance policy for his family. Living each moment on borrowed time, he suddenly begins spouting raw, unfiltered--and sometimes offensive in word but satirical in spirit -- thoughts to shocked audiences and handlers in the speech of hip-hop music and culture. His newfound uninhibitedness and new relationship with Nina carry him on a journey of political and spiritual renewal. Written by Stuart Hoffman

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Rated R for pervasive strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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22 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,816, 17 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,525,834, 6 December 1998
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Trivia

Warren Beatty, Oliver Platt, Paul Sorvino, Joshua Malina, and Graham Beckel all also appeared in the later Warren Beatty directed film Rules Don't Apply (2016) See more »

Goofs

Crewmember visible twice when Bulworth is dancing with Nina in the nightclub. See more »

Quotes

Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: I'm not sure you can get AIDS by burning down your house, but I get your point.
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Crazy Credits

For the song "Bulworth Breakdown", the title character Jay Bulworth is credited as a writer and performer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #3.1 (1999) See more »

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Chiquita Banana
Written by William Wirges, Leonard MacKenzie and Garth Montgomery
Parody Lyrics written by Warren Beatty (as Jay Bulworth)
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Not Just A Pretty Face
30 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

You have to hand it to Warren Beatty, he redefines the term "maverick". He could be, like many of his contemporaries, taking it easy. Instead, "Bullworth". One of the most outrageously funny satires I've seen in a long time. Satire? Somebody asked me. Well yes, satire. A realistic, daring, clearheaded, masterful satire. We live in satirical times, we have no choice in the matter. It takes an artist of Beatty's caliber to turns things around and makes us laugh and shiver at this mess of our own making. After seeing "Bullworth" I felt compelled to revisit some of Beatty's earlier work as an actor or producer or director. From "Mickey One" to "Reds" passing through "Bonnie And Clyde" and "Shampoo" not to mention "Heaven Can Wait" Mr. Beatty's legacy is one of amazing consistency. As I smiled enjoying his funny portrayal in "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" with Vivien Leigh, I thought: that beautiful man is not just a pretty face.


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