Film: Broadway Danny Rose
A 1984 Comedy Drama written and directed by Woody Allen, starring him and his then-girlfriend Mia Farrow. The title character is a well-meaning New York City talent agent whose efforts to fix a past-his-prime singer's personal life unwittingly anger two mobsters.Notable for being Nick Apollo Forte's acting debut (and, to date, sole performance) in a feature film. Also includes appearances by Milton Berle, Will Jordan, Jack Rollins, and many others as themselves.
This film provides examples of:
- The Beard: Tina pretends to date Danny in order to attend Lou's big performance discreetly.
- Chained Heat: After being abducted by the vengeful Rispoli brothers, Danny and Tina end up tied together on top of a table. The captives must work to get themselves in an upright position and finally loosen the ropes. Of course, their effort to escape involves their bodies rubbing vigorously and repeatedly against each other.
- Deliberately Monochrome
- Framing Device: The entire film is a series of stories being told by Borsct Belt comedians of Danny.
- Helium Speech
- Nice Guy: Danny, which is also his Fatal Flaw.
- Meaningful Echo: "Acceptance, forgiveness, love".
- Mood Whiplash: Danny going to the hospital bed of an innocent man he got brutally injured by mobsters. Lampshaded by the Framing Device.
- Motor Mouth: How Danny tries to get out of trouble.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After betraying Danny by encouraging Lou to sign up with a more influential agent and abandon Danny after everything Danny has done for him, Tina soon comes to regret her decision.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Danny. "May I interject one statement at this juncture? And I don't mean to be didactic or facetious in any way..."
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Danny is all the way on the side of idealism, while Tina is all the way on the other end in Cynicism. Danny convinces Tina that idealism isn't all that bad. However, Danny is doomed to handling third rate acts because he tries to help all of his clients instead of focusing on the most talented one, so Tina does have a point.
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- Lou, who abandons Danny for a more prestigious talent agent on the verge of a major comeback, after Danny has given everything to get Lou back into the spotlight.
- All of Danny's successful clients. In their defense, Danny tries to help all of his clients, even the Giftedly Bad ones. It's strongly implied if Danny would focus on his most successful clients, they wouldn't leave him.