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Bulworth [DVD] [1998]

Release Date:03/16/1999
A loose-cannon senator (Warren Beatty) breaks all the rules of politics and unexpectedly gains massive popularity after taking out a handsome insurance policy and putting a hit on his own head in this outrageous comedy from CBS/Fox Home Video. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround soundtracks, this release also offers optional English and Spanish subtitles. Aside from a theatrical trailer, extra features are limited to the standard chapter selection and interactive menus.
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    Special Features

    • Widescreen format [aspect ratio 1.85:1]
    • Interactive menus
    • Scene selection
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Languages: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround
    • Subtitles: English; Spanish


    Warren Beatty directed, co-produced (with Pieter Jan Brugge), co-scripted (with Jeremy Pikser), and stars in this political satire, a comedy drama about a U.S. senator who decides to start speaking the truth. Despondent California senator Jay Bulworth (Beatty), up for re-election, is disillusioned by the usual campaign banalities; his marriage to Constance (Christine Baranski) seems equally hollow. In the midst of a nervous breakdown, Bulworth goes without sleep or food for three days and takes out a ten-million-dollar insurance policy on himself while arranging his own assassination. Drinking during a return to Los Angeles, Bulworth is scheduled to speak at an African-American church in South Central L.A. Once there, he tosses aside his prepared speech, startling both the audience and his campaign manager, Murphy (Oliver Platt), by improvising truthful remarks instead of the familiar rhetoric. These loose-cannon salvos gain the attention of an attractive young woman, Nina (Halle Berry). Bulworth finds an exhilaration with this new freestyle approach, and after shocking a gathering in Beverly Hills with further fulminations, Bulworth invites Nina and her girlfriends into his limo. During a spaced-out sojourn at one of South Central's more frenzied after-hours clubs, Bulworth gains respect for hip-hop culture. Still reeling from insights gained by this nightlife, he arrives the next day for a fundraising function at the Beverly Wilshire, startling everyone with a diatribe delivered in the intonations of a rap artist. His interest in Nina and his new optimistic outlook on life give Bulworth a sense of elation and a will to live. He phones to call off the hit, but the gears have been set in motion. After an assumed hitman turns up during a church appearance, Bulworth flees, and Nina offers him a safe-house hideout at the home of her family, veterans of the civil rights movement. Here Bulworth goes through the final steps in his transformation -- making a Kennedy-styled connection with the disenfranchised as he tunes in to forgotten memories of the '60s. Outfitted in homeboy clothing, the born-again Bulworth heads for a TV station to unleash even more caustic comments on the American political scene. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Warren Beatty
      Warren Beatty - Jay Bulworth
    • Halle Berry
      Halle Berry - Nina
    • Don Cheadle
      Don Cheadle - L.D.
    • Oliver Platt
      Oliver Platt - Dennis Murphy
    • Paul Sorvino
      Paul Sorvino - Graham Crockett

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