Mediocre playwright David Shayne (Cusack, in the Allen role) talks up the virtues of artistic integrity to his pretentious hothouse contemporaries, then sells out to a gangster who agrees to finance his latest play provided his no-talent, brassy moll (Tilly) gets a part. And it's her hit-man bodyguard's (Palminteri) unexpected artistic touches that redeem Shayne's otherwise lousy work. Wiest as the eccentric diva, Ullman as the aging ingenue, Reiner as the Greenwich Village sage, and Broadbent as the increasingly plump matinee idol lead a collection of delicious, over-the-top performances in this smart and howlingly funny tribute to Jazz Age New York City that showcases Woody at his self-conscious best.
Miramax Film Corp., 8439 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069-1921, Phone: (323)650-2937, URL: http://www.miramax.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 106 minutes.
Oscars 1994: Support. Actress (Wiest); Golden Globes 1995: Support. Actress (Wiest); Ind. Spirit 1995: Support. Actor (Palminteri), Support. Actress (Wiest); L.A. Film Critics 1994: Support. Actress (Wiest); N.Y. Film Critics 1994: Support. Actress (Wiest); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1994: Support. Actress (Wiest); Screen Actors Guild 1994: Support. Actress (Wiest).
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