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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

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Lucía
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Paulina Morales (as Kiti Manver)
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Taxista
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Portera Testiga de Jehová
Eduardo Calvo ...
Padre de Lucía (as Yayo Calvo)
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Secretaria
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Policía I (as Angel de Andrés-López)
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Iván
Juan Lombardero ...
Germán
José Antonio Navarro ...
Policía II
Ana Leza ...
Ana
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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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Trivia

In the opening scene Carmen Maura (Pepa) and Fernando Guillen Cuervo (Ivan), are dubbing to Spanish Johnny Guitar (1954). 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

Carlos: [Carrying Marisa, who has passed out, onto the patio] But a minute ago...
Pepa: A minute ago she wanted to go home but since you ignored her, she got depressed and had some gazpacho.
Carlos: Ah. That made her fall asleep?
Pepa: Yes. It was spiked with barbiturates. Sorry.
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Connections

Version of The Human Voice (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Soy infeliz
Written by Ventura Romero (as Ventura Rodríguez)
Performed by Lola Beltrán
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Almodovar sets his standard for dark humour
8 March 2000 | by (nyc, ny) – See all my reviews

Truly wonderful and insightful romp which alternates between tragedy and farce seamlessly without ever missing a beat. Excellent performances by the entire cast contribute mightily as does a first-class camp score. This was the first Almodovar film I ever saw, and it made it a requisite for me to see each new one as it comes out. The man is a genius!


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