A "tragic-farce," BULWORTH takes a comedic look at race and class in the United States, campaign finance, and the power of big money and media in America
A "tragicfarce," BULWORTH takes a comedic look
at race and class in the United States, campaign finance, and
the power of big money and media in America. It deals with what
is labeled obscene as opposed to what is obscene.
BULWORTH is produced by, written by, directed by and stars Warren
Beatty in the title role.
HALLE BERRY plays Nina; OLIVER PLATT plays Murphy, Bulworth's
frustrated political operative; JOSHUA MALINA plays Feldman, his
beleaguered assistant; JACK WARDEN plays Davers, Bulworth's loyal,
longtime aide; CHRISTINE BARANSKI plays Constance, Bulworth's
wife; PAUL SORVINO plays Crockett, a corrupt insurance lobbyist;
RICHARD SARAFIAN plays Vinnie, the hoodlum who arranges the assassination;
DON CHEADLE plays L.D., a gang leader in South Central Los Angeles;
ISAIAH WASHINGTON plays Darnell, Nina's brother; AMIRI BARAKA
plays a homeless man; SEAN ASTIN, LAURIE METCALF and WENDELL PIERCE
play CSPAN workers Gary, Mimi and Fred; and MICHELE MORGAN
and ARIYAN JOHNSON play Cheryl and Tanya, aspiring rapper friends
BULWORTH is cowritten by Jeremy Pikser ("The Lemon
Sisters"). Joining coproducer Pieter Jan Brugge behind
the camera are Academy Award winners: cinematographer VITTORIO
STORARO ("Reds," "Apocalypse Now," "The
Last Emperor," "Dick Tracy"); costume designer
MILENA CANONERO ("Chariots of Fire," "Dick Tracy")
and production designer DEAN TAVOULARIS ("The Godfather Part
II," "Bonnie and Clyde").
The film is edited by ROBERT C. JONES ("Heaven Can Wait,"
"Shampoo," "Being There") and Billy Weber,
and the score is composed and conducted by ENNIO MORRICONE ("Bugsy,"
While several of Warren Beatty's previous films, including "Bonnie
and Clyde," "The Parallax View," "McCabe &
Mrs. Miller," "Shampoo" and "Reds," have
dealt with political issues in a historical context, BULWORTH
is his first look at a contemporary elected politician. However,
apart from movies, Beatty has spent thirtyfive years actively
involved in American politics.
Halle Berry comments: "While having many funny moments, BULWORTH
makes some important statements that everybody might not like,
but it's the truth. And we often don't want to hear the truth.
BULWORTH makes a strong statement along with its humor."
The film's premise immediately attracted Oliver Platt. "I
think the idea that a politician has to have a nervous breakdown
in order to tell the truth is a rich and funny one," Platt
"I think BULWORTH is Warren's most courageous movie,"
says Paul Sorvino, who previously collaborated with Beatty on
"Reds." "When someone like a Warren Beatty calls,
you come arunnin'. Warren understands the value of improvisation
and the importance of making an actor feel like a collaborator."
Like Sorvino, Jack Warden is another longtime collaborator
of Beatty's. The veteran actor, whose credits include two previous
Beatty comedies, "Shampoo" and "Heaven Can Wait,"
comments: "I've been lucky to work with some great directors,
including Sidney Lumet, John Ford and Warren." Warden
particularly admires Beatty's persistence in getting what he wants
on film. "If Warren's on the track of getting something,
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