Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1998. Twentieth Century Fox. Story by Warren Beatty, Screenplay by Warren Beatty, Jeremy Pikser. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Produced by Warren Beatty, Pieter Jan Brugge. Music by Ennio Morricone. Production Design by Dean Tavoularis. Costume Design by Milena Canonero. Film Editing by Robert C. Jones, Billy Weber. Academy Awards 1998. Golden Globe Awards 1998.
Warren Beatty plays Jay Billington Bulworth, an unhappy conservative Senator who decides that the best course of action for his political career is to take a contract out on his own life. Thanks to the knowledge that he’s on his way out, he speaks to his constituents with a newly found freedom he’s never known before at his next press conference, soon finding himself telling his voters everything exactly the way he sees it. Donning ghetto gear, rapping his way through political lunches and partying all night at a club with Halle Berry, Beatty’s dialogue is ripe with genius, the acting in this film perfection and the contribution of Vittorio Storaro’s colourful cinematography an added layer of depth. This is the kind of political statement movies should make more often, and hopefully just as enjoyably every time (the scene where Beatty buys the little gun-toting kids ice cream speaks volumes).