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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

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When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Blair ...
Rene Ceballos ...
Greek Chorus (as René Ceballos)
Elie Chaib ...
George De La Pena ...
Joanne DiMauro ...
Greek Chorus (as Marianne Filali)
Angelo Fraboni ...
Scott Fowler ...
Seth Gertsacov ...
Patti Karr ...
Fred Mann III ...
John Mineo ...
Christopher Nelson ...
Valda Setterfield ...


Lenny and Amanda have an adopted son Max who turns out to be brilliant. Lenny becomes obsessed with finding Max's real parents because he believes that they too must be brilliant. When he finds that Linda Ash is Max' real mother, Lenny is disappointed. Linda is a prostitute and porn star. On top of that, she is quite possibly the dumbest person Lenny has ever met. Interwoven is a Greek chorus linking the story with the story of Oedipus. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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The new comedy from Woody Allen

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Poderosa Afrodita  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$6,700,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Mira Sorvino, after a month of filming, Woody Allen wanted her to change the high-pitched voice she was using for her character but she refused. See more »


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Linda Ash: You didn't want a blowjob so the least I could do is get you a tie.
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Crazy Credits

The Greek Chorus does the "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles At You)" song-and-dance production number over half the credits. See more »


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'When you smile (...) the world smiles with you'
23 October 1999 | by (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I can say that "Mighty Aphrodite" is the film that made me really appreciate Woody Allen's films. His direction is great, and so is the screenplay in the majority of his pictures.

The story of "Mighty Aphrodite" is magic, light, funny and beautiful. The idea of the Greek chorus is just incredible! All the cast is great, but the best one is really Mira Sorvino. She deserved her Oscar playing Linda Ash, a nice and ingenuous prostitute.

So if you like Woody Allen's films, you'll surely love this one like I did.

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