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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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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)

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

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$26,525,834 (USA) (6 December 1998)
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Star Warren Beatty's last acting role in a theatrical feature film until Town & Country (2001) around three years later. See more »

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

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[after watching Bulworth lose it on TV]
Mimi: Now - would we be eligible for an Emmy, or a Peabody?
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For the song "Bulworth Breakdown", the title character Jay Bulworth is credited as a writer and performer. See more »

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

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Written by Dr. Dre, LL Cool J, Glove & Richard Vick
Performed by Dr. Dre & LL Cool J
Produced by Dr. Dre and Chris The Glove Taylor (as Chris "Glove" Taylor)
Dr. Dre appears courtesy of Aftermath Entertainment
LL Cool J appears courtesy of Def Jam Records
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No Bull, Just Bulworth
12 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I should have known this movie was going to be good because it came highly recommended by Matt Lueck, who seems to be very picky about what he considers "good" movies. This movie was exceptional.

If you don't like politics, this film might not be for you. Or maybe it would be for you even more, since all it does is attack the political system. Warren Beatty stars as a Seantor who is sick of all the lies and crap in Washington, so he takes out a life insurance policy and hires a hit-man to kill him. After partying with some ghetto people (including Halle Berry) he sees the error of his ways and tries to call the hit off. The rest of the film follows this path.

I liked the storyline of the film, but more so I liked the nuggets it dropped along the way. The claims of politicians using minorities, the reality of drug culture, the fact that greed controls health care in this country. I found myself agreeing with almost everything in this film (though the part about the elimination of all races went too far). The ending was also exactly what I expected it to be - and what I felt it should have been. Only they added an aspect I hadn't considered and I think it made the film so much better. (I'm being vague so as not to give anything away.) Warren Beatty rapping is both comical and annoying. But if you look past his "wack skillz" and listen to what he has to say about corporations, big oil, TV networks and more, you'll get so much more out of this film. I'm also not a fan of Halle Berry, but she was probably the best person for the role so I'm okay with that. Hooray for Oliver Platt and Sean Astin, both looking very slim in this movie.

Not the best film you'll see this year, but highly recommended just the same.


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