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All About My Mother (1999) More at IMDbPro »Todo sobre mi madre (original title)

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All About My Mother -- Pedro Almodovar's Oscar(r)-winning comedy (Best Foreign Film, 1999) about a bereaved mother, an overwrought actress, her jealous lover and a pregnant nun.
All About My Mother -- Young Esteban want to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by the mother Manuela.


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31 March 2000 (USA) See more »
Part of every woman is a mother/actress/saint/sinner. And part of every man is a woman. (English trailer)
Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cecilia Roth ... Manuela

Marisa Paredes ... Huma Rojo

Candela Peña ... Nina
Antonia San Juan ... Agrado

Penélope Cruz ... Hermana Rosa
Rosa Maria Sardà ... Madre de Rosa (as Rosa María Sardá)
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Padre de Rosa
Toni Cantó ... Lola

Eloy Azorín ... Esteban
Carlos Lozano ... Mario
Fernando Guillén ... Doctor en 'Un tranvía llamado Deseo'
Manuel Morón ... Doctor 1
José Luis Torrijo ... Doctor 2
Juan José Otegui ... Ginecólogo
Carmen Balagué
Malena Gutiérrez ... Malena
Yael Barnatán ... Yael (as Yael Bernatán)
Carme Fortuny ... Carmen
Patxi Freytez ... Farmacéutico
Juan Márquez
Michel Ruben ... Alex
Daniel Lanchas
Rosa Manaut
Carlos García Cambero ... Heart Recipient (as Carlos G. Cambero)
Agustín Almodóvar ... Taxista
Paz Sufrategui ... Heart Recipient's Wife
Lola García
Esther García
Inma Subirà (as Inmaculada Subira)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anne Baxter ... Eve (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bette Davis ... Margo (archive footage) (uncredited)

Cayetana Guillén Cuervo ... Mamen (uncredited)

Celeste Holm ... Karen (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alexia Pardo ... Agrado's friend (uncredited)
Lluís Pasqual ... (uncredited)
Dolors Pozzan ... Verónica Forqué Double (uncredited)
Fito Páez ... Espectador (uncredited)

Thelma Ritter ... Birdie (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Pedro Almodóvar 
Writing credits
Pedro Almodóvar 

Produced by
Agustín Almodóvar .... executive producer
Michel Ruben .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alberto Iglesias 
Cinematography by
Affonso Beato (director of photography)
Film Editing by
José Salcedo 
Casting by
Sara Bilbatua  (as Sara Bilbatúa)
Production Design by
Antxón Gómez 
Art Direction by
Antxón Gómez 
Set Decoration by
Federico García Cambero 
Enrique García (settings)
Costume Design by
José María de Cossío 
Bina Daigeler 
Makeup Department
Antoñita viuda de Ruiz .... wigs (as Viuda de Ruiz)
Jorge Hernández Lobo .... makeup artist (as Jorge Hernández)
Juan Pedro Hernández .... makeup artist
Jean-Jacques Puchu .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Sergio Díaz .... assistant production manager
Esther García .... production manager
Xavier Guallar .... assistant production manager
Juan de Haro .... assistant production manager trainee
Toni Novella .... assistant production manager
Carlos Pastor .... assistant production manager trainee
Tino Pont .... production manager
Borja Rodríguez Gamboa .... assistant production manager trainee
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Álvaro de Armiñán .... second assistant director
Ignacio Charrabe .... second second assistant director
Susana Fernández .... third assistant director
Covadonga R. Gamboa .... second assistant director
Pedro Lazaga .... first assistant director
Luisfer Machi .... second second assistant director (as Luis Fernando Machi)
Art Department
Luis Aferré .... assistant set decorator
Marcos de Aguilar .... storyboard
José Altit .... props
Gonzalo Ansó .... props
Pedro Luis Arias .... laborer
Jesús Arroyo .... laborer
Tomás Corbacho .... laborer
Raúl Fernández .... laborer
Emilio García .... laborer
Vázquez Hermanos .... property master
Adelaida Huete .... laborer
Jesús Mateos .... property master
Ricardo Mengíbar .... property master
Alberto Pereira .... laborer
Juan Vicente Riuve .... props
Javier Rodríguez .... assistant set decorator trainee
Mari Carmen Rodríguez .... laborer
Juan Ignacio Viñuales .... props
Sound Department
José Antonio Bermúdez .... sound mixer
Luis Castro .... sound effects
Jaime Fernández-Cid Buscató .... boom operator (as Jaime Fernández)
Diego Garrido .... sound mixer
Miguel Rejas .... sound
David Rodríguez .... assistant sound editor trainee
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Iván Mayoral .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Antonio Molina .... special effects
Antonio Lemos .... stunt coordinator
Ismael Martínez .... stunts
Ignacio Garcia J. Sanchis .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Bello .... gaffer
Fernando Beltrán .... electrician
Rafael Castro .... electrician
José Ramón Delgado .... first assistant camera
Álvaro Gómez .... electrician
Ángel Gómez .... electrician
Luis Hidalgo .... electrician
Teresa Isasi .... still photographer
Joaquín Manchado .... second camera operator
Raúl Manchado .... assistant camera trainee
Eugenio Martínez .... electrician
José Luis Martínez .... electrician
Carlos Miguel .... key grip
Roberto Miguel .... second assistant camera (as Roberto de Miguel)
Alberto Poveda .... video technician
Aurelio Sánchez Herrera .... third assistant camera
Casting Department
Mamen Moya .... extras casting: agencia 2001
Pilar Moya .... extras casting: agencia 2001
Macarena Pombo .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Inma Artigas .... wardrobe
Humberto Cornejo .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Felisa Catalinas .... negative cutter
Manolo Laguna .... assistant editor
Rosa Ortiz .... assistant editor
Location Management
Alfonso Holguín .... location manager
Carlos Machi .... location manager
Francisco Javier Prieto .... location manager
Miguel Ángel Vivas .... location manager: Barcelona
Music Department
Alfredo Anaya .... musician
Paco Bastante .... musician
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra (as The City of Prague Philharmonic)
José Luis Crespo .... score recording & mixing
Fernando Egozcue .... musician
Lucio Godoy .... music producer
Lucio Godoy .... musician
Patrick Goraguer .... musician
Alberto Iglesias .... musician
Mario Klemens .... conductor
Iñaki del Olmo .... assistant music mixer
Enrique Pérez .... musician
Manuel Tobar .... musician
Patxi Urtegui .... musician
Transportation Department
Ángel Frutos .... driver
Juan Luis Grande .... driver
Julián Hernández .... driver
Miguel Ángel López .... driver
Ángel Megino .... transportation
Carmelo Morón .... driver
Agustín Ruiz .... driver
Javier Sánchez .... driver
Bernardino Villanueva .... driver
Other crew
Alfonso Aguirre .... laboratory director
Emilio Ardura .... tapestry
Yuyi Beringola .... script supervisor
Yolanda Cáceres .... tuning key
Adela Donamaría .... administration staff
Sergio Díaz .... production assistant
Lola García .... assistant to director
Miguel Ángel García .... production coordinator
Beatriz Gordo .... administration staff
Óscar Mariné .... title designer
Pablo Núñez .... opticals
Pedro Paz .... assistant to director
Jorge Pérez .... stage manager: Barcelona
María Rodríguez .... stage manager
Martin Samper .... marketing and promotion
Ana Sanz .... administration staff
Luis Miguel Segura .... store agent
Rosa María Serrano .... administration staff
Paz Sufrategui .... press attache
Paz Sufrategui .... unit publicist
Nicolás Tapia .... production assistant
Amaya Valero .... administration staff
Óscar Valero .... administrator
Aline .... thanks
Elena Benarroch .... thanks
Solán de Cabras .... thanks
Bette Davis .... dedicatee
María Díaz Laviada .... thanks
Pierre Edelman .... thanks
Cayetana Guillén Cuervo .... thanks
Gregorio Martínez .... thanks
Momi Mokuba .... thanks
Nachy .... thanks
Rodolfo Olmedo .... thanks
Lluís Pasqual .... thanks
Teresa Ramallal .... thanks
Helena Rohner .... thanks
Gena Rowlands .... dedicatee
Romy Schneider .... dedicatee
Mamen Segovia .... thanks
Reni Zanundio .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Todo sobre mi madre" - Spain (original title)
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Rated R for sexuality including strong sexual dialogue, language and some drug content
101 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:14+ (Ontario - 2006) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:18 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Russia:18+ | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Agrado's monologue was based on a real life event. When the electronic system of an Argentinian theater failed, the director suspended the show. Actress Lola Membrives decided to give the news to the audience and make them an offer: if they'd stay, they could listen to the narration of her life.See more »
Manuela:You are not a human being , , Lola. You are an epidemic.See more »
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63 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
What a sensational study of the women universe!, 13 February 2000
Author: danielll_rs from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

This time of the year, when we talk about movies, we have to talk about Oscar. The nominees will be announced this Tuesday, but there are already favorites in some categories. Some people still doubt that "American Beauty" will win as best picture- which I don't, because I think it was the best film of the decade- but almost everyone agrees that this wonderful movie "Todo sobre mi madre"/ "All About My Mother" will win as best foreign language film. And it really deserves that.

I've always recognized Pedro Almodóvar's talent. Most of his films are very weird and quite surreal, but sometimes I don't understand him. So I couldn't decide if I would see "All About My Mother" on the movies, or if I would wait for it to come out on video. It was released in Brazil last October, and only yesterday I went to see it at a local cinema. And... What did I think about it? Well... A true, true masterpiece!

The story of the film is about Manuela (wonderfully played by Cecilia Roth), a nurse who works at a hospital in Madrid, Spain, and has a 17 year old son, Esteban, who doesn't know the identity of his father. On the day of his birthday, he dies in an accident and Manuela gets desperate. She reads his notes and finds out that he wanted to know at least the name of his father. So she goes back to Barcelona, where she got pregnant, trying to search for her ex-husband, but some surprises will change her life.

What Almodóvar makes to this movie is just incredible. He makes us cry and laugh- specially in the scenes where the transvestite Agrado is. But, in fact, the film is a deep drama, studying carefully the female universe with strength and realism, and also explaining the importance of a mother. All the main characters are very well developed and each of them has some importance in the plot. It's really amazing how Almodóvar knows women so well, and how he loves and cares about them. His film is a very complex masterpiece, with some important messages and a wonderful story, and should be seen by everyone, even for the American people who don't like subtitles. But pay attention- the dialogues are fabulous!

"All About My Mother" is surely on my Top 10 of 1999. And... let's wait for the Oscar nominees on Tuesday, but I'm sure it will be nominated, and certainly win. It's much better than last year's winner as a foreign language film, "Life is Beautiful", and is a serious must-see. Just do me a favor: DON'T MISS IT!

Rating: 10/10

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