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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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  (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
(in alphabetical order)
Pedro Almodóvar  screenplay
Pedro Almodóvar  story
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 
Film Editing by
José Salcedo 
Set Decoration by
Emilio Cañuelo (settings)
Félix Murcia 
Costume Design by
José María de Cossío  (as José Mª. de Cossío)
Makeup Department
Jesús Moncusi .... hair stylist
Gregorio Ros .... makeup artist
Juan Pedro Hernández .... 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
Federico del Cerro .... set dresser
Carlos García Cambero .... assistant decorator (as Carlos G. Cambero)
David Jareño .... 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 (as Pablo Nuñez)
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
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
Ximo Michavila .... telecine colorist
Rosa Ortiz .... assistant editor (as Rosa Mª. Ortiz)
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 believed to be 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) | Russia:16+ | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:R | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Pedro Almodóvar and Carmen Maura's personal relationship was seriously damaged during the shooting, which Maura even defined as a "living hell". It took 18 years for them to work again.See more »
Continuity: The sheets move position (due to multiple edits) when Pepa throws the lit matches on the bed.See more »
Carlos:What happened?
Pepa:She fell asleep.
Candela:So suddenly?
Pepa:Yes. The strangest things can happen suddenly.
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Movie Connections:
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Almodovar sets his standard for dark humour, 8 March 2000
Author: Holly ( from nyc, ny

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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