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Broadway Danny Rose

review by Zach B.


Rated PG

Running Time: 84 minutes

Starring Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Apollo Forte

Written and Directed by Woody Allen

Studio: MGM

Retail Price: $19.98

Features: Theatrical Trailer, Collectible Booklet

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Mono, French Mono, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selections (16 Scenes)

Released: November 6th, 2001
Also part of The Woody Allen Collection 3

Woody Allen is Danny Rose, a very unsuccesful talent agent who, despite his terrible clients, helps them out no matter what. Yet Danny's life is about to change when a nostalgia rebirth has Danny's best act Lou Canova back on the top. Yet Lou has a problem and Danny needs to help him out if he is to go to his big gig that Danny needs. His problem? Tina (Mia Farrow). Lou wants Tina to be there, but Lou is a married man... so Danny takes her as his date. However, Danny is caught in the middle when two gangsters come to look for the man who stole Tina away from someone else. This naturally leads to brilliant Allen zaniness.

"Broadway Danny Rose" is really one of my favorite Woody Allen films. Allen captures so much in this film in such a short running time. He has great shots and great pacing, and the way he tells it through friends of Rose is really well done. I like when movies do that, actually. His directing style here is great, in fact, he was nominated twice for this movie - as a director and as a screenwriter. And how is he as a screenwriter? Great, as usual. Allen creates brilliant characters who seem really true to life. The plot and the constant rambling dialogue is wonderful. Everything here is unique. I could go on and on, but I won't. This is a movie I have a hard time putting into words since Allen captures so much.

It's an interesting choice that Allen shot this one in black and white. It gives it an old time feel, which I liked. Still, the rather small cast is what this movie depends on, and it works. Allen is pefect as Danny Rose, capturing his heart and nervous qualities (isn't that Allen's usual character?) Mia Farrow is funny and rather strong as Tina. And then there's Nick Apollo Forte in a fine supporting performance.

With great wit, editing and strong style, "Broadway Danny Rose" is an Allen classic that fans of his or good stories must check out. You don't be disappointed.


Like all Allen films it seems, "Broadway Danny Rose" is in 1.85:1 in a fine anamorphic transfer. Blemishes and pieces of dirt pop up a good deal of time, but they're small and not that distracting. There is some grain, but the transfer is rather sharp and strong. Not many complaints here. There's a nice, rich fullness to this transfer.


English and French two channel mono tracks are included. Yes, it's Allen so it's mono. This movie is dialogue driven, and it captures that rather perfectly. Dialogue is clear and crisp so you won't have any problems hearing what characters are saying. No distortion and good fidelity is featured too. Other sounds are fine too. A mono track that does what it should do. English, French and Spanish subtitles plus English closed captions.


The anamorphic widescreen Theatrical Trailer that runs a minute and a few seconds, and detailed production notes in the keep case insert which I enjoyed.

"Broadway Danny Rose" in my opinion is one of Allen's finest triumphs. Filled with great writing, directing and acting, this MGM release is very good. Check it out for sure if you've never seen it, and if you love it, own it.

(4.5/5 - NOT included in final score)




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