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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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Alejandro
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Himself
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Clint
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Carlo
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Madame Loop
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Magda
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Toby
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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 »

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Comedy | Romance

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9 September 1988 (USA)  »

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Pleine lune sur Parador  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,444,204 (USA)
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Trivia

The fourteen families that control Parador, refer to the fourteen families that in reality controlled the Republic of El Salvador in the early 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Roberto Strausmann: I hate actors.
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Connections

Spoofed in American Dad!: Moon Over Isla Island (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Lilli Marleen
Music by Norbert Schultze
Words by Hans Leip
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So right about actors!
24 November 2002 | by (Fairfield, OH) – See all my reviews

As a community theater actor who works hard at it but doesn't take acting too seriously, I'm always amused by those who treat it as Great Art. This movie skewers the "Actor's Craft" mercilessly while dishing up a lot of good laughs.

A ham actor on location for a movie bears a resemblance to the dictator. When the dictator dies of a heart attack from too much drink and food, the actor is kidnapped and forced to play "the part of a lifetime" by the neo-Nazi head of the secret service. He plays it to the hilt, gets the dictator's girlfriend to fall in love with him and vice versa, and turns the tables on his captors beautifully.

Lots of great shtick by the leads, lots of good work by some unknown supporting actors, particularly the household staff and two members of the palace guard, and fun little cameos abound. Sammy Davis Jr. makes light of himself, Jonathan Winters plays a semi-retired American businessman with something else going on, and Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, and above all Richard Dreyfuss are exceptional.

This is a dumb movie, but it has lots of beautiful locations (in Brazil), a humorous script, and good actors doing their thing and looking like they're actually having fun and not going through the usual existential angst about what is only play-acting!


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