6.8/10
23,523
230 user 117 critic

Bulworth (1998)

Trailer
1:44 | Trailer
A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.

Director:

Warren Beatty

Writers:

Warren Beatty (story), Warren Beatty (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: 6 Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

Directors: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry
Stars: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie
Reds (1981)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty
Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann
Bugsy (1991)
Certificate: 12 Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of how Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel started Las Vegas.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Theresa, the shop keeper of the Ying Yang Sausages company realizes an enormous problem when she realizes she has Japanese competition called the Yang Ying sausages company. She and her ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Oreck
Stars: Ike Barinholtz, Tina Fey, Taylor Flowers
Dick Tracy (1990)
Certificate: 12 Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

Director: Warren Beatty
Stars: Warren Beatty, Madonna, Al Pacino
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A high school film club movie project is interrupted by nefarious thugs. Enter the high kicking school girls who will have to put their acting to use in a real-life situation.

Director: Kazuhiro Yokoyama
Stars: Kaede Aono, Risako Itô, Mayu Kawamoto
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A major hit in Japanese theaters since its release in June, 'Okinawa: The Afterburn' is the first documentary film to provide a comprehensive picture of the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and the ... See full summary »

Director: John Junkerman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly Deauna Adams Kimberly Deauna Adams ... Denisha
Vinny Argiro Vinny Argiro ... Debate Director
Sean Astin ... Gary
Kirk Baltz ... Debate Producer
Ernie Lee Banks ... Leroy (as Ernie Banks)
Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka ... Rastaman
Christine Baranski ... Constance Bulworth
Adilah Barnes ... Mrs. Brown
Warren Beatty ... Jay Bulworth
Graham Beckel ... Man with Dark Glasses
Halle Berry ... Nina
Brandon N. Bowlin Brandon N. Bowlin ... Bouncer #2
Mongo Brownlee Mongo Brownlee ... Henchman #3
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Uncle Rafeeq
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Anthony
Edit

Storyline

Senator Jay Bulworth is facing speculation-induced financial ruin, so he puts out a contract on his own life in order to collect a large, new insurance policy for his family. Living each moment on borrowed time, he suddenly begins spouting raw, unfiltered--and sometimes offensive in word but satirical in spirit -- thoughts to shocked audiences and handlers in the speech of hip-hop music and culture. His newfound uninhibitedness and new relationship with Nina carry him on a journey of political and spiritual renewal. Written by Stuart Hoffman

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Brace yourself. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1999 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Bulvort See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,816, 17 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,525,834, 6 December 1998
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

President Barack Obama, according to a 15th May 2013 article in The New York Times by Peter Baker entitled "Onset of Woes Casts Pall Over Obama's Policy Aspirations", once referred to this film, reportedly when Obama talked about "Going Bulworth". The piece states: "Yet Mr. Obama also expresses exasperation. In private, he has talked longingly of 'going Bulworth', a reference to a little-remembered 1998 'Warren Beatty' movie about a senator who risked it all to say what he really thought. While Mr. Beatty's character had neither the power nor the platform of a president, the metaphor highlights Mr. Obama's desire to be liberated from what he sees as the hindrances on him." See more »

Goofs

Crewmember visible twice when Bulworth is dancing with Nina in the nightclub. See more »

Quotes

Darnell: I say, you ain't no real nigger, IS you?
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: [stoned] Is YOU a real nigger?
Darnell: You callin' me nigger, motherfucka? Don't call me a NIGGER, moth'fucka!
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: Would you prefer "motherfucker," motherfucker?
See more »

Crazy Credits

For the song "Bulworth Breakdown", the title character Jay Bulworth is credited as a writer and performer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Wrong Nigga to F*** Wit
Written by Ice Cube (as O'Shea Jackson), Anthony Wheaton
Performed by Ice Cube
Courtesy of Priority Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Brilliant Warren Beatty Performance Overlooked by Oscar
1 January 2006 | by drednmSee all my reviews

In BULWORTH Warren Beatty gives one of his funniest and most outrageous performances. This sharp political satire is even more timely now than it was in 1998. This is a marvelously subversive movie on several fronts: politics, race, economics, Hollywood itself! Beatty stars as a fading senator from California who is so burned out he arranges for a large insurance policy and then hires a hit man. He's at the end of his rope personally and professionally. He's losing in a primary election to a young gun and has nothing left in his life. After days without sleep or eating he is dragged off to a rally at a Black church. He starts to read his "usual" speech but almost in a state of delirium he starts answering questions HONESTLY. He enrages the Black congregation with his brutal answers but somehow feels buoyant. Outside the church as the mobs surround him he runs into Halle Berry and her friends and they all take off in the limo.

This starts a voyage of discovery for Beatty. Of course at this point Beatty is also running from the hit man. His new honesty unleashes a desire to live. They arrive at a Black hip-hop club where Beatty drinks, smokes pot, and is transformed by the loud urban rap music. The dance scene with Beatty and Berry is remarkable.

Next stop is a speech at a fancy Hollywood hotel filled with film executives. Beatty makes many comments of how Jews run Hollywood, becomes rich, but turn out a crappy product. Next comes a debate with his political opponent, and finally an interview. The new Beatty parrots back much of what he has heard from poor Blacks but of course he has always known the truth. His sense of freedom from the back-room politics of Washington is exhilarating and his new voice reaches the masses of disenfranchised voters. His comments about the media and how it is controlled by corporate America is more apt now (during the Bush administration) than ever before.

Beatty is brilliant, and this ranks as one of his very best performances. Berry is actually good as well in her pre-movie star mode when she still bothered to act. Oliver Platt scores as the political aide. Paul Sorvino is a lobbyist for the insurance industry.

Jack Warden, Helen Martin, Don Cheadle, Christine Baranski, Florence Stanley, Laurie Metcalf, Sean Astin, Isaiah Washington, Nora Dunn, Joshua Malina, William Baldwin, Hart Bochner, Armelia McQueen, and Jackie Gayle co-star.

Filled with humor, political insights, and top-notch performances. This acid look at politics in Amerca is more timely now than ever. Bravo to Warren Beatty!


27 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 230 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed