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11 November 1988 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 25 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
(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)
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
Juan Carlos Garrido .... location manager
Alicia González .... title assistant: Studio Gatti
Marisa Ibarra .... script girl
Alfonso Jadraque .... permissions
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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90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:14A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:S | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:L | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2005) | USA:R | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

In the opening scene Carmen Maura (Pepa) and Fernando Guillen Cuervo (Ivan), are dubbing to Spanish Johnny Guitar (1954).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Ana:I'm fed up. I'm gonna get myself some quick cash, buy myself his bike and split. With a bike, who needs a man?
Pepa:Learning mechanics is easier than learning male psychology. You can figure out a bike, but you can never figure out a man.
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Entry, 26 April 2006
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

In all the world of film, the most admirable achievement is a film that is entered well. It is the hardest thing in the world to do when you have something interesting to offer. Its why genres exist, to make the entry automatic for lesser filmmakers.

Almodovar is one of several Spanish-speaking filmmakers who are carrying the future right now. Some of his films are sublime. "Talk to Her" is so lovely and deep I feel he has secretly infected my marrow with an already lucid version of myself.

The actual movie of "Breakdown" is pretty trivial: part screwball, part what some call surreal but is really a goof on itself. (Not a parody, mind you. That's for dopes.) So once you get into it, its just a meal.

But the entry into this is so wonderful, so imaginative it will exhaust you.

Our heroine is a voice-over actress who dubs Spanish dialog for non-Spanish films. Her lover is as well, and they "play" lovers on-screen. Except it isn't them, exactly. And it isn't love, exactly. And they aren't playing, exactly.

(She also does commercials and this is how she is "seen" by the public. One is shown. Now this IS a parody, but it is presented as if it were not, mixing parody in with the "real," confounding the screwball nature of the thing.)

The entry into this film plays on the "not exactly" natures to slowly and gently (but with some viewer confusion) slide us from a space where we are watching a movie, to a space where we are in the midst of adding the meaning to an existing movie that isn't fully formed.

This man deserves celebration, attention. He deserves to be entered.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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