High stakes battle of wits and morals between gentlemen crooks, set in beautiful Portugal.
Did You Know?
Probably to get some extra funding for the film, Milland squeezed in "Lisbon" some publicity. A very conspicuous Lockheed Constellation airliner of the old TAP'(Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, nowadays Air Portugal) as well as the usual Mateus wine bottle, which does not look quite rosé in this movie. If you go to a fancy restaurant you order more sophisticated Portuguese Wines. The views of Lisbon's probably adjusted to the modern image that dictator Oliveira's wanted to show the world. The splendors of the capital city of Portugal is probably better shown in other films. See more
When dining with "Sylvia Merrill" in Alfama, she inquires about the song "Old Lisbon" (yes, "Ancient Lisbon") being played in the restaurant. "Captain Robert John Evans " tells her "It's sort of a Home, Sweet Home, for Brazilians". Only a fiendish evil crook could display such ignorance about the beautiful music composed in 1937 by Raúl Portela with lyrics by José Galhardo and Amadeu do Vale. A Portuguese classic that Amália dos Santos made famous. Nelson Riddle took it to America and made it the soundtrack for "Lisbon". See more
Maria Maddalena Masanet
[reading aloud an excerpt from Lord Byron's "Don Juan", Canto I, Stanza 83, to Aristides Mavros
But who, alas! can love, and then be wise? / Not that remorse did not oppose temptation; / A little still she strove, and much repented / And whispering 'I will ne'er consent' - consented.
Music by Raúl Portela
English Lyrics by Harry Dupree
Sung by Robie Lester
(as Roby Charmandy) See more