Montenegro (1981)

R  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  9 October 1981 (Sweden)
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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:
Susan Anspach ...
Marilyn Jordan
Martin Jordan
Marianne Jacobi ...
Cookie Jordan (as Marianna Jacobi)
Jimmy Jordan
John Zacharias ...
Grandpa Bill
Per Oscarsson ...
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 <>

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A sultry, erotic comedy [Australia Theatrical] See more »


Drama | Comedy


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Release Date:

9 October 1981 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Montenegro - Or Pigs and Pearls  »

Box Office


SEK 1,950,055 (Sweden)

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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 »


Jimmy Jordan: I read in the papers yesterday about a man in France who entered a snail eating competition.
[slurps spaghetti]
Jimmy Jordan: He ate a hundred and seventy-eight snails... and then he dropped dead.
Grandpa Bill: [mouth full] Only a Frenchman could die like that. I would rather be shot on my 101st birthday... by a jealous husband.
Martin Jordan: You see, he plans to stay with us another 17 years.
Grandpa Bill: At least!
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Sweet Movie (2011) See more »


The Rythm
Lyrics & Music by Neville Cameron
Performed by Marianne Jacobi
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From the opening frames you know it's going to be a wild ride
23 June 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film as a young guy at a film festival when it was first released knowing little about it's content of its directors past. The advertising poster led people to believe it may be some sort of eastern European soft core porn but how mistaken we all were once the reels started rolling. With Marianne Faithful singing her signature "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" tune, I just knew that the premise of this song was somehow linked to this movie. I won't bore you with the synopsis of this film as others have already done this, what I will tell you is this is probably one of the most cleverly made movies I have seen in years. All sorts of social commentaries can be concluded about this movie, but having owned a copy of the film and viewing it on numerous occasions, each screening presents a different interpretation. What still blows me away is the closing scene of the movie, even after all this time and myself and friends have sat around a dinner table discussing what does it "really all mean". Each glass of Merlot presented even more outrageous takes like the movie itself. 10/10 to Susan Anspach, director Dusan and hats off to the two young support players who play Susans children, the talent is all class. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie for the wild ride that it is, even just to experience the wonderful unpredictable ending......I'd love to know what you all think.

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