History Film / Bananas

15th Dec '17 3:19:58 PM Jadter
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A 1971 comedy movie by and with Creator/WoodyAllen as Fielding Mellish. He's a lonely product tester in the big city, who tries and fails to maintain a relationship with Nancy, a politically motivated woman whose pet project for the year is raising money for the rebellion in San Marcos, a Central American country ruled by dictator Vargas and riven by rebellion. Despondent over the break-up, Fielding travels to San Marcos to see things for himself, and gets sucked into the fight against Vargas. HilarityEnsues.

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A 1971 comedy movie by and with Creator/WoodyAllen as Fielding Mellish. He's a lonely product tester in the big city, who tries and fails to maintain a relationship with Nancy, a politically motivated woman whose pet project for the year is raising money for the rebellion in San Marcos, a Central American country ruled by dictator Vargas and riven driven by rebellion. Despondent over the break-up, Fielding travels to San Marcos to see things for himself, and gets sucked into the fight against Vargas. HilarityEnsues.
17th Sep '17 7:02:41 PM Angeldeb82
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* AllMenArePerverts. Especially Fielding. As is one SexySecretary.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Fielding is accused of fraud, inciting to riot, conspiracy to overthrow the government, and [[FelonyMisdemeanor using the word "thighs" in mixed company.]]

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* AllMenArePerverts. AllMenArePerverts: Especially Fielding. As is one SexySecretary.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Fielding is accused of fraud, inciting to riot, conspiracy to overthrow the government, and [[FelonyMisdemeanor using the word "thighs" in mixed company.]]company]].



* AwardBaitSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAL5u_o4PI4 "'Cause I Believe in Loving"]]. Doubled down when Cliff Richard [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss7qSqCeEXM covers it]].

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* AwardBaitSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAL5u_o4PI4 "'Cause I Believe in Loving"]]. Loving".]] Doubled down when Cliff Richard [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss7qSqCeEXM covers it]].



* BilingualBonus: While the rebels are watching Esposito make his first speech as the new Presidente, Fielding asks, "What's the Spanish word for straitjacket?" The answer is "camisa de fuerza" or literally, "force shirt" or "shirt of force".

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* BilingualBonus: While the rebels are watching Esposito make his first speech as the new Presidente, Fielding asks, "What's the Spanish word for straitjacket?" The answer is "camisa de fuerza" or or, literally, "force shirt" or "shirt of force".



* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: The dictator of San Marcos haS a (heavily accented) translator when he meets with the President of the U. S. — even though the dictator was American Fielding Mellish.

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* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: The dictator of San Marcos haS has a (heavily accented) translator when he meets with the President of the U. S. — even though the dictator was American Fielding Mellish.



*** Mellish [[spoiler:is found guilty, but the judge throws out the ruling once Mellish agrees never to move into the judge's neighborhood.]]

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*** Mellish [[spoiler:is found guilty, but the judge throws out the ruling once Mellish agrees never to move into the judge's neighborhood.]]neighborhood]].



* DatedHistory: The New Testament cigarette ad parody was made at a time when cigarettes could be marketed on television.



* HideYourGays: Averted. There is one on the jury. Fielding wonders if it's that big guy on the end.

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* HideYourGays: HideYourLesbians: Averted. There is one on the jury. Fielding wonders if it's that big guy on the end.



* HistoryMarchesOn: The New Testament cigarette ad parody was made at a time when cigarettes could be marketed on television.



* ThrowThePin: Fielding is training with the rebels, and he tries throwing a grenade. Predictably, he throws the pin, having just enough time to make an exasperated face before the grenade explodes in his hand. Later, he tries again, and [[spoiler:successfully throws the grenade. The ''pin'' explodes in his hand.]]

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* ThrowThePin: Fielding is training with the rebels, and he tries throwing a grenade. Predictably, he throws the pin, having just enough time to make an exasperated face before the grenade explodes in his hand. Later, he tries again, and [[spoiler:successfully throws the grenade. The ''pin'' explodes in his hand.]]hand]].
9th Sep '17 3:26:20 PM ClintEastwood
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* BilingualBonus: While the rebels are watching Esposito make his first speech as the new Presidente, Fielding asks, "What's the Spanish word for straitjacket?" The answer is "camisa de fuerza" or literally, "force shirt" or "shirt of force".
9th Sep '17 3:19:24 PM ClintEastwood
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* AcronymConfusion: The dictator of San Marcos discusses the possibility of a rebel overthrow:
-->'''General Vargas''': “If they should try to overthrow, I have made a deal for reinforcements. With the UJA.”
-->'''Aide''': “You mean the CIA, excellence? The UJA is the United Jewish Appeal.”
-->'''General Vargas''': “Uh oh.”
** Cut to Ashkenazi Jews roaming the wartorn streets of San Marcos collecting donations from soldiers.



* BabyCarriage: As a quick throwaway gag

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* BabyCarriage: As a quick throwaway gaggag during the battle scene where the Rebels take over San Marcos.



* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: The dictator of San Marcos haS a (heavily accented) translator when he meets with the President of the U. S. — even though the dictator was American Fielding Mellish.



* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Discussed when Woody is in bed with his new girlfriend.
-->'''Woody:''' I love you, I love you.\\

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* EroticEating: Parodied when Fielding and a rebel girl eat together - he playfully tosses a piece of food to her, then gets a plateful of food in his face.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Discussed when Woody Fielding is in bed with his new girlfriend.
-->'''Woody:''' -->'''Fielding:''' I love you, I love you.\\



'''Woody:''' I don't know French.\\

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'''Woody:''' '''Fiedling:''' I don't know French.\\



'''Woody:''' What about Hebrew?\\

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'''Woody:''' '''Fielding:''' What about Hebrew?\\



* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Fielding makes a date with Nancy. As he drives home he rehearses later conversation, finishing with "I think the greatest crimes are those against human dignity." and steps out into an open manhole.



* FullCircleRevolution: Parodied-upon taking power, the leader of the revolution immediately starts making a series of ridiculous decrees, see above. His underlings get rid of him and make Woody Allen dictator.

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* ForeignLanguageTheme: The film has an original ThemeTune sung in Spanish, "Quiero La Noche."
* FullCircleRevolution: Parodied-upon taking power, the leader of the revolution immediately starts making a series of ridiculous decrees, see above. His underlings get rid of him and make Woody Allen dictator.Fielding dictator.
* TheGeneralissimo: General Emilio M. Vargas, who, at the beginning of the movie, has the previous president assassinated, then takes over. He is himself later overthrown by Esposito.
* GilliganCut: Before accompanying Nancy to a protest, Fielding assures his friends that he knows what he's doing. Cut to him in the midst of a riot completely out of his depth.



* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Woody Allen recalls his parents to his psychiatrist:

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* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Woody Allen Fielding Mellish recalls his parents to his psychiatrist:



* HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation: When Fielding Mellish is on trial, he [[AFoolForAClient acts as his own counsel]], and interrogates himself, rushing in and out of the witness stand.
-->'''Fielding''': [angrily] I wouldn't joke if I were you! [runs into the witness stand]\\
'''Fielding''': [casually] Wouldn't you, or ''couldn't'' you?



* InstantSedation: Fielding has to use a hypodermic to knock out a government official, but in the scuffle he also knocks out his assistants — as a passing policeman takes notice, he props them up against a car and desperately tries to look casual.
%%* JailbirdOfPanama



* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Creator/WoodyAllen is invited to dinner with the president of the country he's visiting, and as he dazedly lies on his bed harp music starts. Then it turns out there's a harp player in his closet. Why? He couldn't find any other good place to practice.

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* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Creator/WoodyAllen Fielding is invited to dinner with the president of the country he's visiting, San Marcos, and as he dazedly lies on his bed harp music starts. Then it turns out there's a harp player in his closet. Why? He couldn't find any other good place to practice.



* NewscasterCameo: Roger Grimsby (of WABC-7 in NYC) and Howard Cosell (of Monday Night Football) making news broadcasts of a particularly idiotic nature.
* NonIndicativeName: The film doesn't have any bananas in it. In an interview, Allen admitted he gave it that title for that very reason.
* OdessaSteps: When Fielding ends up in the war in San Marcos, during one of the shoot-outs there's a baby carriage rolling down the stairs.



* ThePerryMasonMethod: Subverted when Allen, gagged and tied to a chair, nevertheless manages to get a key witness against him at his trial to tearfully confess that she lied.

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* ThePerryMasonMethod: Subverted when Allen, Fielding, gagged and tied to a chair, nevertheless manages to get a key witness against him at his trial to tearfully confess that she lied.



* ReignOfTerror

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* ReignOfTerrorRegimeChange: The RealLife regime change the USA has done in Central America is parodied when the CIA soldiers already on their way in the airplane had to ask if they were being sent in for or against the current government.
* ReignOfTerror: The rebels overthrow the evil Central American dictatorship. Then the new leader goes batshit insane and starts his Reign Of Terror. So the rebels get Fielding to be leader instead. HilarityEnsues.



* SilenceYouFool:
-->'''Esposito:''' "From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. ''Silence!'' In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old!"



* SoLongSuckers: Woody Allen's character gets knocked out a moment after triumphantly shouting this phrase.

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* SoLongSuckers: Woody Allen's character Fielding gets knocked out a moment after triumphantly shouting this phrase.



* SuckOutThePoison: A group of rebels is going over jungle survival, each repeating "Suck out the poison", until Allen says "I... I could never suck the leg of someone I wasn't engaged to.". Minutes later the sexy rebel girl runs past, shirtless, clutching her breast, shouting "I've been bitten by a snake!" Allen and [[AllMenArePerverts all the other men]] rush after her.
* ThrowThePin: pulls this gag twice in the course of a montage. Woody Allen's character is training with the rebels, and he tries throwing a grenade. Predictably, he throws the pin, having just enough time to make an exasperated face before the grenade explodes in his hand. Later, he tries again, and [[spoiler:successfully throws the grenade. The ''pin'' explodes in his hand.]]

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* SuckOutThePoison: A group of rebels is going over jungle survival, each repeating "Suck out the poison", until Allen Fielding says "I... I could never suck the leg of someone I wasn't engaged to.". Minutes later the sexy rebel girl runs past, shirtless, clutching her breast, shouting "I've been bitten by a snake!" Allen Fielding and [[AllMenArePerverts all the other men]] rush after her.
* ThrowThePin: pulls this gag twice in the course of a montage. Woody Allen's character Fielding is training with the rebels, and he tries throwing a grenade. Predictably, he throws the pin, having just enough time to make an exasperated face before the grenade explodes in his hand. Later, he tries again, and [[spoiler:successfully throws the grenade. The ''pin'' explodes in his hand.]]



* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Esposito
* WakingNonSequitur: As Woody Allen is roused after being knocked out, he's moaning "...no more Polish women!"

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* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Esposito
Fielding joins a group of freedom fighters in a Latin American country, San Marcos. They eventually depose the military dictator, but the new president, Esposito, quickly reveals himself to be equally tyrannical. Esposito is then deposed and replaced by Fielding.
* WakingNonSequitur: As Woody Allen Fielding is roused after being knocked out, he's moaning "...no more Polish women!"
15th Jun '17 4:31:44 AM Piterpicher
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* {{Bookends}}: WideWorldOfSports shows up to cover both a political assassination (at the opening) and a honeymoon (at the end) as sporting events.

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* {{Bookends}}: WideWorldOfSports ''Series/WideWorldOfSports'' shows up to cover both a political assassination (at the opening) and a honeymoon (at the end) as sporting events.



** It ends with WideWorldOfSports covering Fielding's marriage to Nancy.

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** It ends with WideWorldOfSports ''Series/WideWorldOfSports'' covering Fielding's marriage to Nancy.
13th Feb '17 11:07:10 PM AnotherGuy
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* BananaRepublic: San Marcos. (A FictionalCounterpart of Cuba)

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* BananaRepublic: San Marcos. (A FictionalCounterpart of Cuba)Cuba and shot in Puerto Rico.)
11th Feb '17 5:14:17 PM wittylibrarian
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* TheCameo: A pre-Rocky Creator/SylvesterStallone shows up as a subway thug

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* TheCameo: A pre-Rocky Creator/SylvesterStallone shows up as a subway thugthug.



** His parents never forgave him for not going into medical practice, and try to talk him back into it right in the middle of one of their open heart surgeries they're performing...



* JunglePrincess

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* JunglePrincessJunglePrincess: The sexy rebel.


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* LostInTranslation: When Mellish travels back to the United States to plead for aid, he's met at the airport by someone with the State Department and a translator. Even though Mellish already speaks English... and it doesn't faze the translator, who [[InsaneTrollLogic simply translates English to English]].
** [[spoiler:There's a reason why two guys from the insane asylum show up with a butterfly net and chase the translator back and forth on the tarmac...]]
12th Jan '17 12:53:17 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CaliforniaDoubling: A mild case: the film was shot in Puerto Rico.
* TheCaligula: Rebel leader Esposito, the second he gains control of San Marcos.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: A mild case: the film was shot in Puerto Rico.
* TheCaligula: Rebel leader Esposito, the second he gains control of San Marcos. No wonder his underlings get rid of him.
9th Dec '16 1:56:21 PM notShemp
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* PoorlyTimedConfession: Played for laughs, where a felon rushes into a courtroom to confess his crime, but when he realizes this was the wrong trial, makes a break for it.
11th Nov '16 9:47:53 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Fielding has a hard time getting any kind of date, and even his relationship with Nancy goes nowhere. It's not until he joins the rebels and proves his worth that he gets to bed the sexy rebel girl.
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