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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (original title)
Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván, she confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she is. Meanwhile; ... 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

Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván, she confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she is. Meanwhile; Candela, her friend, is afraid the police might be looking for her because of her ex-boyfriend's, a muslim terrorist, criminal activities. As the plot develops, it is revealed that everyone's lives are more intertwined than they could have ever expected. 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

Pepa pushes the baggage cart at Lucia and it moves with a great deal of speed. However, in the next shot, it's obvious that the cart barely hits her, yet she falls as if it did. See more »

Quotes

Pepa: You could have killed yourself!
Candela: That was the idea. I'm desperate.
Pepa: So am I, but I don't jump off terraces.
Candela: I didn't know where to go. I couldn't face my folks. It's bad enough that I became a model.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Scherezade
By Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (as Rimsky - Korsakow)
Performed by La Orquesta Sinfonica de la Radio de Mosú
Conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (as G. Rozhdestvensky)
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Almodovar at full throttle
20 March 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Funny, outrageous, ridiculous, colorful and fascinating film by Almodovar--his most popular film in America (so far). The story defies description but, basically, it's about three women (an actress, a psychopath and one on the run from the law) who are all affected by one man. THe story starts slow, picks up speed and is barreling out of control by the end. Well-acted, beautiful to look at and never a dull moment. Just see it! You won't be disappointed. Love the cabdriver and his cab!


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