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Montenegro (1981)

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A bored wealthy housewife on the verge of insanity cuts loose with some lively Yugoslavian immigrants who delight in their bohemian lifestyle.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Jordan
Martin Jordan
Marianne Jacobi ...
Cookie Jordan (as Marianna Jacobi)
Jimmy Jordan
John Zacharias ...
Grandpa Bill
Dr. Aram Pazardjian
Marina Lindahl ...
Bora Todorovic ...
Alex Rossignol
Lisbeth Zachrisson ...
Rita Rossignol
Svetozar Cvetkovic ...
Patricia Gélin ...
Dragan Ilic ...
Nikola Janic ...
Mile Petrovic ...
Zanzi Bar Customer
John Parkinson ...
Piano Player


Marilyn Jordan, an American, lives in Stockholm with her Swedish husband and family. Her behavior is bizarre, perhaps mad: she poisons the dog's milk and advises the dog not to drink it; she sets the sheets afire as her husband sleeps; she crawls under the dining table to sing. While detained at airport customs for carrying pruning shears, she meets a young Yugoslav woman and goes with her to a Gypsy enclave where she's fought over, takes a lover, helps with the sordid entertainment at a bar, and returns home more dangerous than before. The film also tells parallel stories of Marilyn's daughter becoming a junior homemaker as the young immigrant practices her striptease. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Or Pigs and Pearls See more »


Drama | Comedy


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Release Date:

9 October 1981 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Montenegro - Or Pigs and Pearls  »

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1.66 : 1
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On its original USA release, this film was cut by seconds to avoid receiving an "X" rating from the MPAA. This "R"-rated version was also soon seen on home video and premium cable in that country, but in more recent years the uncensored original has turned up on both as "unrated." See more »


Customs Inspector: You are free to go.
Marilyn Jordan: [mockingly] I'm free... I'm free to go.
Customs Inspector: [clears throat] I'm... sorry for the inconvenience...
Marilyn Jordan: I'm free to go where?
Customs Inspector: [rolls eyes, gestures to Tirke] And you too.
Tirke: And my pig?
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Hilarious & Weird
1 November 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

An hilarious and weird sex comedy from Dusan Makavejev, about an bored, neurotic American woman married into an insane and yet strangely uninteresting Swedish family, who finds release in a group of randy, freedom-loving (if scruffy) Yugoslavian immigrants. Makavejev's take on modern Europe and modern life in general seems just right to me. Susan Anspach makes the most of her leading role, and is better than I've ever seen her before. She never quite broke through as a major star, and her work in Montenegro will leave the viewer wondering why.

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