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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

  • Release date:May 15, 1998


Awarded by
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Jeremy Pikser Best Screenplay 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jeremy Pikser Best Original Screenplay 1998 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Warren Beatty Best Screenplay 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Beatty Best Original Screenplay 1998 Nominee


Warren Beatty
as Jay Bulworth
Halle Berry
as Nina
Don Cheadle
as L.D.
Oliver Platt
as Dennis Murphy
Paul Sorvino
as Graham Crockett
Jack Warden
as Eddie Davers
Isaiah Washington
as Darnell
Joshua Malina
as Bill Feldman
Christine Baranski
as Constance Bulworth
Richard Sarafian
as Vinnie
Amiri Baraka
as Rastaman
Sean Astin
as Gary
Laurie Metcalf
as Mimi
Wendell Pierce
as Fred
Ariyan Johnson
as Tanya
Graham Beckel
as Man with Dark Glasses
Nora Dunn
as Missy Berliner
Jackie Gayle
as Macavoy
Helen Martin
as Nina's Mother
George Furth
Helen Martin
as Nina's Mother


Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
Pieter Jan Brugge
Jeremy Pikser
Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
Screen Story
Vittorio Storaro
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Mya Harrison
Featured Music
Billy Weber
Dean Tavoularis
Production Designer
Victoria Thomas
Frank Capra III
Lauren Shuler-Donner
Executive Producer
Rick Simpson
Set Designer
Dianne I. Wager
Set Designer
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer
Thomas D. Causey
Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Capra III
First Assistant Director
Victoria Thomas
Jeanne McCarthy
Zelda Barron
Consulting Producer
Michael J. Moore
Second Assistant Director