When a bumbling New Yorker is dumped by his activist girlfriend, he travels to a tiny Latin American nation and becomes involved in its latest rebellion.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Montalbán ...
Nati Abascal ...
Yolanda (as Natividad Abascal)
Jacobo Morales ...
Luis (as Miguel Suarez)
David Ortiz Angleró ...
Diaz (as Rene Enríquez)
Jack Axelrod ...
Howard Cosell ...
Howard Cosell
Roger Grimsby ...
Roger Grimsby
Don Dunphy ...
Don Dunphy
Mrs. Mellish
Stanley Ackerman ...
Dr. Mellish


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The Revolutionist That Shook the World With LAUGHTER!




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19 July 1971 (Sweden)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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The movie is ranked at the No. #69 spot on the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Laughs" Top 100 List. See more »


When Fielding is offering Nancy some ribs, he has his hand on his collar. In the next shot his hand is by his side. See more »


[first lines]
Don Dunphy: Good afternoon. Wide World of Sports is in the little republic of San Marcos where we're going to bring you a live, on the spot assassination. They're going to kill the president of this lovely Latin American country and replace him with a military dictatorship. And everybody is about as excited and tense as can be. The weather on this Sunday afternoon is perfect; and if you've just joined us, we've seen a series of colorful riots that started with the traditional bombing of the ...
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In the opening credits, the credits flash in time to the music. Additionally, the cards are shot with machine gun fire. See more »


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Cause I Believe In Loving
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Howard Liebling
Sung by Jake Holmes
[Sung over the closing credits]
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Laugh out loud funny, with some dull spots
19 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Woody Allen's earliest movies, and I'd rank it probably 2nd out of his pre-Annie Hall movies, only behind Love and Death. It's certainly one of his funniest. The plot is pretty ridiculous (a neurotic product tester goes to the fictional San Marcos and ends up joining the rebels and eventually becoming president), but it's really secondary, and only serves to provide transitions from one comedy skit to another.

It's pretty much a hit and miss movie, but when he hits (which is more often than not), it's very funny. There are plenty of hilarious one liners throughout. The music is very cheesy as well, but it fits in well with the silly humor. Obviously, this isn't like Woody's later movies, just take it for what it is -- a silly comedy -- and I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Also of note, the opening credits are very funny and rivals Monty Python and the Holy Grail for best opening credits sequence.

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