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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (original title)
A woman's lover leaves her, and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. She confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she. Meanwhile her girlfriend is afraid the police... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Julieta Serrano ...
Lucía
María Barranco ...
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Kiti Mánver ...
Paulina Morales (as Kiti Manver)
Guillermo Montesinos ...
Taxista
Chus Lampreave ...
Portera Testiga de Jehová
Eduardo Calvo ...
Padre de Lucía (as Yayo Calvo)
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Secretaria
Ángel de Andrés López ...
Policía I (as Angel de Andrés-López)
Fernando Guillén ...
Iván
Juan Lombardero ...
Germán
José Antonio Navarro ...
Policía II
Ana Leza ...
Ana
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Storyline

A woman's lover leaves her, and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. She confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she. Meanwhile her girlfriend is afraid the police are looking for her because of her boyfriend's criminal activities. They talk to a female lawyer, who turns out to be the lover's new lover, and everyone's path keeps crossing each other's in a very complicated and confusing manner. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown  »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,179,298 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For a while the production of an American remake was considered, to be directed by Richard Benjamin, with Jane Fonda and Paula Prentiss in the roles respectively created by Carmen Maura and Julieta Serrano. See more »

Goofs

The sheets move position (due to multiple edits) when Pepa throws the lit matches on the bed. See more »

Quotes

Candela: Men keep taking advantage of me. I always realize it when it's too late. Look how the Arab world treated me. I sure didn't deserve that.
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Connections

Referenced in Queer as Folk: Tweaked-Out, Fucked-Out Crystal Queen (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Soy infeliz
Written by Ventura Romero (as Ventura Rodríguez)
Performed by Lola Beltrán
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Film genius!
23 December 2001 | by (Boston, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

This is in my opinion the greatest Almodovar film ever! Its funny and serious, but mainly farscical, but its brilliant. Carmen Maura steals the show as a woman close to the edge, but her performance is fully backed up by all the rest of the cast. Antonio Banderas performance is excellent as a geeky young man, with his girlfriend and mother also shining. It combines all the elements of American comedy of the sixties but brings it back at us with a touch of latin spirit. This film in my opinion is a gem, for anyone who wants to laugh!


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