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Bulworth (1998)

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.

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Kimberly Deauna Adams ...
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Vinny Argiro ...
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Gary
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Leroy (as Ernie Banks)
Amiri Baraka ...
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Constance Bulworth
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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

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Rated R for pervasive strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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22 May 1998 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,515,839 (USA) (25 May 1998)

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$26,525,834 (USA) (6 December 1998)
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Actor Oliver Platt would go on to appear in such other politically themed films as Frost/Nixon (2008) and Kill the Messenger (2014). See more »

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

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[Feldman and Murphy are concerned about Bulworth's rapping]
Bill Feldman: You know something? We had a next-door neighbor who would lose her mind from time to time. What was weird when she got like that was this: she could only speak in song lyrics.
Sen. Jay Billington Bulworth: Murphy, Feldman, you're lookin' pretty beat / I thought you might feel better with some ribs to eat / Eat 'em, gentlemen, you'll think they're really fine / And if you want a couple more you can get 'em anytime!
Dennis Murphy: I am incredibly frightened.
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Last line of credits For: A.B., K.E.B.B., B.M.B., and I.I.A.B. See more »

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Soundtracks

Bulworth (They Talk About It While We Live It)
Written by Larry Muggerud (as L. Muggerud), Kam (as C. Miller), KRS-One (as C. Parker),
Prodigy (as A. Johnson), Method Man (as C. Smith)
Performed by Kam (as KAM), Method Man, Prodigy, KRS-One
Produced by Larry Muggerud (as MUGGS) for Soul Assassins, Inc.
KAM appears courtesy of Royal Entertainment/University Records/Interscope
Method Man appears courtesy of Def Jam Records
Prodigy appears courtesy of Loud Records
KRS-One appears courtesy of Jive Records
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Powerful, disturbing and funny political satire
12 December 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Other than a few forced silly moments, this is the sharpest, darkest, bravest. most disturbing political satire out of Hollywood since "Network".

This is Beatty's career best performance by far, making his rapidly breaking down liberal Democrat Senator into a character simultaneously howlingly funny, pitiable, admirable, wince inducing, pathetic and horrifying.

Beatty has made a film that walks the razor's edge right along with it's lead character, playing into deliberately provoking racial and cultural stereotypes at the same time it shreds them.

This isn't a polite "the system needs fixing" movie, it's an in-your-face scream that the system is broken, perhaps beyond all repair. That idea seems only more timely now.


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