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
  • End of an Era: The Borscht Belt comedians discuss how hard it is to get work anymore. In The '80s, the Catskills were no longer the go to resort for Jews.
  • Framing Device: The entire film is a series of stories being told by Borscht Belt comedians of Danny.
  • Giftedly Bad: Most of Danny's acts, such as balloon folders and wine glass xylophone players.
  • Helium Speech
  • Nice Guy: Danny, which is also his Fatal Flaw.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Acceptance, forgiveness, love".
  • Meaningful Name: In-universe. The Mafia think that Danny is the one who has been sending white roses to Tina, because of his name, Danny Rose. They start calling him "Danny White Roses" as a result.
  • 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.
  • One-Hit Wonder: In-Universe. Lou only had one original song, "Agita", a novelty song about eating. It's also Forte's sole hit song.
  • 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 vs. 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: Danny's biggest fault. He gives all of his clients, no matter how dreadful they are, equal time, so when a truly talented client hits it big, they leave because Danny won't focus on their career.
  • 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.