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Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 November 1988 (USA) See more »
Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 24 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carmen Maura ... Pepa

Antonio Banderas ... Carlos

Julieta Serrano ... Lucía

María Barranco ... Candela

Rossy de Palma ... Marisa

Kiti Mánver ... Paulina Morales (as Kiti Manver)

Guillermo Montesinos ... Taxista

Chus Lampreave ... Portera Testiga de Jehová

Eduardo Calvo ... Padre de Lucía (as Yayo Calvo)

Loles León ... 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
Ambite ... Ambite
Mary González ... Madre Lucía
Lupe Barrado ... Secretaria Paulina

Joaquín Climent ... Policía I Spot
Chema Gil ... Policía II Spot
Gabriel Latorre ... Cura
Francisca Caballero ... Locutora TV
Carlos García Cambero ... Empleado averías (as Carlos Gambero)

Agustín Almodóvar ... Empleado Inmobiliaria
Tomás Corrales ... Basurero
Eva González ... Chica que baila
Carmen Espada ... Farmacéutica
Susana Miraño ... Clienta Enmascarada I
Paquita Fernández ... Clienta Enmascarada II
Federico García Cambero ... Dependiente Farmacia (as Federico Gambero)
Gregorio Ros ... Médico (as Gregorio Ross)
Paco Virseda ... Mensajero
Imanol Uribe ... Marido
José Marco ... Padrino
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Los Angeles Barea ... La Mujer Policía (uncredited)

Directed by
Pedro Almodóvar 
Writing credits
Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay)

Pedro Almodóvar  story (uncredited)
Jean Cocteau  play "La Voix humaine" (uncredited)

Produced by
Agustín Almodóvar .... executive producer
Pedro Almodóvar .... producer
Antonio Llorens .... associate producer (as Antonio Lloréns)
Original Music by
Bernardo Bonezzi 
Cinematography by
José Luis Alcaine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
José Salcedo 
Set Decoration by
Félix Murcia 
Costume Design by
José María de Cossío  (as José Mª. de Cossío)
Makeup Department
Jesús Moncusi .... hair stylist
Juan Pedro Hernández .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gregorio Ros .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Esther García .... production manager (as Ester García)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julián Núñez .... assistant director
Miguel Ángel Pérez Campos .... assistant director
Art Department
Emilio Cañuelo .... settings
Federico del Cerro .... set dresser
Carlos García Cambero .... assistant decorator (as Carlos G. Cambero)
David Jareño .... property master
Daniel Miranda .... property master
Ramón Moya .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Luis Castro .... sound effects
Eduardo Fernández .... sound mixer
Gilles Ortion .... sound (as Guilles Ortión)
Antonio Rodríguez 'Mármol' .... boom operator (as Antonio Rodríguez)
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Pablo Núñez .... titles and opticals (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paulino Alonso .... lighting technician
Alberto Arnal .... electrician
Enrique Bello .... electrician
Fernando Beltrán .... electrician
Macusa Cores .... still photographer
Joaquín Manchado .... assistant camera
Alfredo Mayo .... second camera operator
Ángel Megino .... steadycam operator (as Angel Megino)
Carlos Miguel .... key grip
Fulgencio Rodríguez .... gaffer
Juan Carlos Rodríguez .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Josune Lasa .... tailor
Editorial Department
Manolo Laguna .... assistant editor
Rosa Ortiz .... assistant editor (as Rosa Mª. Ortiz)
Chema Alba .... restoration supervisor (2016 restoration) (uncredited)
Ximo Michavila .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Juan Carlos Garrido .... location manager
Music Department
Tino Azores .... music engineer
Lola Beltrán .... soloist
Transportation Department
Ángel Frutos .... driver
Julián Hernández .... driver
José Mancheño .... driver
Ángel Megino .... transportation (as Angel Megino)
Other crew
Emilio Ardura .... tapestry
Paco Ardura .... animal consultant (as Francisco Ardura)
Fernanda Arnal .... production secretary
Juan Carlos Caro .... second production assistant
Tomás Corrales .... assistant to director
Alicia González .... title assistant: Studio Gatti
Marisa Ibarra .... script girl
Alfonso Jadraque .... licensing
Carlos Lázaro .... second production assistant
Alicia Moreno .... cashier
Alejandro Vázquez .... production assistant
Juan Gatti .... title designer (uncredited)
Mariano García .... acknowledgment
Juan Luis Lábano .... acknowledgment
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios" - Spain (original title)
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88 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:11 | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Netherlands:6 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:10 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 (original rating) (Blu-ray rating) (2016) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:R | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: In the minutes between Ivàn calling Pepa from the phone booth and hiding while she throws out his things, to Lucía and the police arriving at the apartment, the sky changes immediately from day to night.See more »
PolicÌa I:What's going on?
Pepa:Nothing. Just discussing the lady's dress.
Candela:[in tears] It's awful!
Carlos:It's only a dress.
Candela:But it's awful!
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Movie Connections:
References The Wizard of Oz (1939)See more »
Capricho EspañolSee more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Tight as a drum, 13 June 2006
Author: rbowles-2 from United States

What I like most about this movie is the economy of it's writing and directing. There really isn't a wasted moment, nothing extraneous and that is what keeps the pace crackling and makes the movie watchable in every moment. It also has one of the GREAT ensembles ever. Carmen Maura as Pepa keeps herself on that verge for an hour and a half without ever really falling off the edge, it is a beautifully modulated performance. Maria Barranco as Candela is another performance that teeters on the edge of falling off into an emotional rubble but somehow manages to keep it together. Those two are delightful in every moment they are on screen. We can't forget Julieta Serrano as Lucia, the one truly crazy, post-breakdown woman in the story who brings a quality of self-awareness to her role that makes it a bit heartbreaking. She knows she is nuts and can't do a damn thing about it. And then there is VERY strangely attractive Rossy de Palma as Marisa, a virgin who needs nothing so much as she just needs to get laid to mellow her out. These women are all superlative, but Guillermo Montesinos as the Taxi Driver nearly steals the movie out from everyone and gives certainly the best male performance in the film. You have to see him to believe him.

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