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Director:
Writers:
Charlie Peters (screenplay) and
Larry Gelbart (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 February 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You can blame the night, blame the wine, blame the moon in her eyes, but when all else fails . . . you'd better . . . Blame it on Rio! See more »
Plot:
Best friends and their daughters holiday in Rio only for one to fall for the other's daughter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Better than you'd think See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Matthew Hollis

Joseph Bologna ... Victor Lyons

Valerie Harper ... Karen Hollis

Michelle Johnson ... Jennifer Lyons

Demi Moore ... Nicole 'Nikki' Hollis

José Lewgoy ... Eduardo Marques
Lupe Gigliotti ... Signora Botega
Michael Menaugh ... Peter
Tessy Callado ... Helaine
Ana Lucía Lima ... Macumba Lady #1
Maria Helena Velasco ... Macumba Lady #2
Zeni Pereira ... Mother of the Bride
Eduardo Conde ... Singer in the Dance Club
Betty von Wien ... Isabella
Nelson Dantas ... Doctor
Thomas Lee Mahon ... Lorenzo
Victor Haïm ... Bernardo
Jane Duboc ... Singer in the Cafe
Rômulo Arantes ... Diego
Giovanna Soore ... Astrid
Grupo Benzala ... Capoeirista
Angelo DeMatos ... Dancer

Directed by
Stanley Donen 
 
Writing credits
Charlie Peters (screenplay) and
Larry Gelbart (screenplay)

Produced by
Stanley Donen .... producer
Larry Gelbart .... executive producer
Bruce McNall .... producer
Robert E. Relyea .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Kenneth Wannberg 
 
Cinematography by
Reynaldo Villalobos 
 
Film Editing by
George Hively 
Richard Marden 
 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
 
Art Direction by
Marcos Flaksman 
 
Makeup Department
Dalee Henderson .... hair stylist
Tony Lloyd .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Flavio Chaves .... assistant production manager
Dilma Lóes .... production manager
Robert E. Relyea .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Scott Easton .... first assistant director
José Joaquim Salles .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Paulo Dubois .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Milton C. Burrow .... supervising sound editor
Marty Church .... adr mixer
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer
David J. Kimball .... sound re-recording mixer
William L. Manger .... supervising sound editor
Graham Nieder .... boom operator
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Willis .... production sound mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Lyons Collister .... photographer: second unit
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Vic Hammond .... key grip
David Morgan .... first assistant camera
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator
Richard Seal .... electrical best boy
 
Casting Department
Flávio R. Tambellini .... casting: Brazil
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helena Gastal .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jeff Chaves .... colorist (digital color correction)
Larry Morrison .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Oscar Castro-Neves .... music supervisor
George Doering .... musician
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Kenneth Wannberg .... music supervisor (as Ken Wannberg)
 
Other crew
César Cavalcanti .... location manager
Peter Donen .... title designer
Gita V. Engelhart .... production coordinator
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Jaime A. Schwartz .... production assistant
Ralph M. Leo .... location accountant (uncredited)
Patricia Sansone .... production accountant (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Adventure in Rio" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
Co-screenwriter Charlie Peters previously wrote Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) which was a remake of the Brazilian movie Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976) [Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands]. That movie and its source novel were both set in Brazil, South America, where Blame It on Rio (1984) is mostly set, with the American remake Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) being set in the USA. The original Brazilian film had a number of 'boudoir farce' story elements which were taken out for the American Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) remake. Peters then around two years later co-wrote this American remake Blame It on Rio (1984) which also takes place in Brazil, re-setting the action there from the Côte d'Azur in France where the source film, In a Wild Moment (1977) [One Wild Moment], was mostly set. But this time the remake, Blame It on Rio (1984), did not have the 'boudoir farce' story elements removed from its source foreign film, as had been the case with Kiss Me Goodbye (1982).See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Victor and Matthew are fighting in the bedroom, some of their lines were dubbed in later. The most notable is Matthew's line, "Those are my balls," because when he says it, his mouth does not move.See more »
Quotes:
Victor:You can't go.
Matthew:I'll be back but I have to go first.
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Better than you'd think, 17 November 2010
Author: hall895 from New Jersey

You read a plot synopsis for Blame It on Rio and immediately you think that this just has to be a terrible movie. And besides being terrible it's also going to be downright uncomfortable to watch as the story centers around some wildly inappropriate behavior. They'd never make a movie like this today you think and thank goodness for that. Yes, those would probably be your thoughts before you watch this movie. But then you watch it and it's actually not that bad. Yes there is that uneasy feeling throughout due to the fact that the subject matter is more than a little icky. But the movie is entertaining. It's light-hearted fun. In fact you could even call it charming if not for the fact that there's nothing particularly charming about a middle-aged man having sex with his best friend's teenage daughter.

So our story is about this exceedingly inappropriate relationship. And the movie plays it for laughs. And it works? Ah, the 1980s. A very different world from today that's for sure. Blame It on Rio is never uproariously funny but there are enough good comic moments sprinkled throughout to keep things moving along nicely. In playing Matthew, the man who can't resist the charms of the teenage temptress, it is Michael Caine who really holds the movie together. An awkward character to play no doubt and Caine makes it work. From the moment we meet him, even before his wild fling, Matthew never seems entirely comfortable in his own skin. Preying on that awkwardness is his own personal Lolita. She goes by the name of Jennifer and is played by Michelle Johnson for whom comfort in her own skin was apparently not an issue. Yowzers! Easy to see how it would be difficult for any man to resist her feminine charms. But Matthew, you're forty-something, she's a teenager, and she's your best friend's daughter! This can't happen! But it does and...hilarity ensues? Yeah you wouldn't think this is a particularly comedic situation but that's the direction in which this movie goes and somehow it kind of works.

It's hard to fully embrace the movie as none of the main characters come off particularly well. The Matthew-Jennifer relationship is not the only inappropriate thing going on here, not by a long shot. You'd think Jennifer's father, what with his best friend sleeping with his nubile daughter, would be the sympathetic character. But, as portrayed by Joseph Bologna, he's a sleaze too. Who in this movie isn't? Well, there's Matthew's daughter Nicole. Demi Moore plays the role and it's a smaller part compared to Caine, Johnson and Bologna. But if you sympathize with anyone it's her. She has an innocence about her. All the adults in this movie have lost their innocence long ago. And her friend Jennifer can't wait to lose hers...with Nicole's father no less. Poor Nicole. She even has to suffer in comparison standing next to the voluptuous Jennifer on one of Rio's famous topless beaches. At this point in her life Demi Moore had not yet embraced the wonders of surgical enhancement and that leaves Nicole bashful, trying to cover up her modest assets with her long hair. Jennifer? She's not bashful. But somehow she's still sweet and charming. And there's still a vulnerability and touch of innocence to her even as she's taking off her clothes and seducing a middle-aged man. It's hard to figure. The story shouldn't work, the movie shouldn't work, we really shouldn't be finding any of this funny. But somehow the end result isn't that bad at all. Go into this movie with low expectations and you may well be pleasantly surprised.

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