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Moon Over Parador (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 9 September 1988 (USA)
Little known actor, Jack Noah, is working on location in the country of Parador at the time the dictator dies. The dictator's right hand man, Roberto, makes Jack an offer he cannot refuse..... See full summary »



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Little known actor, Jack Noah, is working on location in the country of Parador at the time the dictator dies. The dictator's right hand man, Roberto, makes Jack an offer he cannot refuse.. to play the dictator. Jack's acting skills fool the masses but not close friends and employees of the dictator. Written by Rob Hartill

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Welcome to Parador. The Dictator's cold, the First Lady's hot, the people are revolting... and Jack Noah just got the role of his life. See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

9 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pleine lune sur Parador  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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John C. Broderick: The movie's unit production manager as the director of a film crew shooting in Parador. See more »


Roberto Strausmann: Play the part, or I'll kill you.
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References The Goodbye Girl (1977) See more »


Lilli Marleen
Music by Norbert Schultze
Words by Hans Leip
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Under-rated film that doesn't take itself seriously
14 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Paul Mazursky's film is under-rated in my opinion; maybe because the film never takes itself seriously.

The Dictator of a South American state dies suddenly. An American actor, Jack Noah, played by Richard Dreyfuss, happens to be there and is forced to pretend to be the Dictator until the henchmen can arrange a political transition. This all emerges early on and I thought the rest of the film was going to be pretty obvious and repetitive. But in fact some quite clever issues are brought out, as Noah begins to enjoy his role and tries to bring in social reforms.

Aides working closely with the Dictator notice the substitution, of course, but decide to keep quiet for the sake of self-preservation. The director of the film himself appears as the Dictator's dragon-like mother

The film never attempts to draw out the serious issues in any depth, but I think it manages to be an intelligent thriller and a fun comedy at the same time.

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