(out of 5)

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).

Twentieth Century Fox

USA, 1998

Directed by 

Story by Warren Beatty, Screenplay by Warren Beatty, 

Cinematography by 

Produced by Warren Beatty,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Academy Awards 1998

Golden Globe Awards 1998

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