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Writer (WGA):
Vera Blasi (written by)
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Release Date:
22 September 2000 (Greece) See more »
It's gonna be one hot summer. See more »
Brazilian chef Isabella Oliveira moves to San Francisco when her husband, frustrated by her motion sickness, cheats on her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 nominations See more »
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Very nice, colorful, funny movie! (with a sexy Murilo Benicio and a sensual Penelope Cruz) See more (83 total) »


  (in credits order)

Penélope Cruz ... Isabella Oliveira (as Penelope Cruz)

Murilo Benício ... Toninho Oliveira

Harold Perrineau ... Monica Jones (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)

Mark Feuerstein ... Cliff Lloyd

John de Lancie ... Alex Reeves (as John De Lancie)

Anne Ramsay ... TV Director

Ana Gasteyer ... Claudia Hunter
Analu De Castro ... Little Isabella - Age 2
Thais De Sá Curvelo ... Little Isabella - Age 5
Eliana Guttman ... Isabella's Mother
Eduardo Mattedi ... Isabella's Father
Ana Paula Oliveira ... Cook
Marilice Santos ... Sexy Neighbor
Giba Conceição ... Troubadour #1
Joaquim Pinto ... Troubadour #2
Vevé Calazans ... Troubadour #3

June Carryl ... Zeke (as June A. Lomena)
Bob Greene ... Nikos
Lázaro Ramos ... Max

Wagner Moura ... Rafi
Cléa Simões ... Serafina
Tom Curti ... Maitre D'
John Crook ... Seafood Restaurant Manager
Jonas Bloch ... Pierre Laroche
Michel Bercovitch ... Academy Student

Carlos Gregório ... Melvin
Malu Pessin ... Esther
Daniele Suzuki ... Yoko
Luis Careca ... Thor

Jerry Penacoli ... Tom Kelly
Inaldo Santana ... Angry Fisherman
Jorge Maia ... Yemanja Waiter
Dizoneth Santos ... Prison Officer

Phil Miler ... Gaffer (as Phil)
Roberta Kennedy ... Bar Waitress

Jeff Scott ... Bar Regular (as Jeff Scott Flores)

Roger Stoneburner ... Bartender
Gordon Hansen ... Bar Regular
Sergio Maciel ... Flower Delivery Man
B. Chico Purdiman ... Guard #1

Bob Sáenz ... Guard #2 (as Bob Saenz)
Thomas Hieatt ... Hippie Prisoner
David Herman ... Photographer
Edlon Tupi ... Jail Guard
Otávio Martins ... P.A.
Inês Cardoso ... Food Stylist

Alan Poul ... Suit
Jim Freeman ... Suit
Adele Proom ... Nikos' Mother
Jujuba ... Monica's Dog - Nancy Reagan
Quake ... Monica's Dog - Nancy Reagan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chris Corporandy ... Smitten San Franciscan

Carmen Molinari ... Culinary Student #1

Tina Marie Murray ... Woman on the Street
Piki Chappell ... Violinist (uncredited)

Jim Hechim ... TV Electrician (uncredited)
Calvin Roberts ... TV Camera Operator (uncredited)

Robert Paul Taylor ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Jude S. Walko ... Cable Car Operator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fina Torres 
Writing credits
Vera Blasi (written by)

Produced by
Augusto Casé .... executive producer (as Augusto Case)
Caíque Martins Ferreira .... line producer
Preta Gil .... executive producer
Bronwen Hughes .... executive producer
Nancy Paloian .... co-producer (as Nancy Paloian-Breznikar)
Alan Poul .... producer
Leigh Shanta .... line producer
Elisa Tolomelli .... line producer
Fina Torres .... executive producer
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
Cinematography by
Thierry Arbogast (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Leslie Jones 
Casting by
Ruy Brito 
Alexa L. Fogel 
Laura Folger 
Production Design by
Philippe Chiffre 
Art Direction by
Alexandre Meyer 
Set Decoration by
Monica Rochlin 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Tavernier 
Makeup Department
Catherine Childers .... hair stylist
Colleen LaBaff .... hair stylist: underwater unit
Maria Lucia Mattos .... key makeup artist
Celeste Randall .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Valeria Costa Amorim .... production supervisor (as Valeria Amorim)
Caíque Martins Ferreira .... production manager
Lisa Lynn Kearsley .... production supervisor (as Lisa Kearsley)
Gonzalo Parra .... location assistant production manager
Claudia Reis .... assistant production manager
Linda Warrilow .... production manager: San Francisco Unit
Fernando Zagallo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Bird .... first assistant director
Luiz Henrique Fonseca .... assistant director
Leslie Garvin .... second assistant director
Olivia Guimaraes .... assistant director: Brazil
Christopher James Hall .... second second assistant director
Eve Ramboz .... second unit director
David Rimer .... first assistant director
Cris D'amato .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Cage Copher .... set decorator: San Francisco (as Craig T. Copher)
Claudine Franco .... clearances
Claudine Franco .... product placement
Tracey Gallacher .... art director: San Francisco
Julie Grimm .... art department assistant
Carlos Eduardo Mallet .... assistant art director
Chad Owens .... set designer
Tom Richardson .... scenic artist: San Francisco
Monica Rochlin .... set dresser
Mark Warren .... property master
Sound Department
Glenn Auchinachie .... sound effects editor
Stephen Balliet .... boom operator
Jeff K. Brunello .... sound effects editor
Daniel Camargo .... sound assistant
Paul Curtis .... dialogue editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr engineer
Marshall Garlington .... sound recording mixer
Rebecca Hanck .... sound effects editor
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor (as Mark A. Lanza)
Michael Meier .... cable person
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Brad North .... sound effects editor
Michael Orlowski .... sound effects editor
Andy Peach .... sound recordist
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound effects editor
George Saldanha .... boom operator
Jorge Saldanha .... sound mixer
Ann Scibelli .... supervising sound effects editor
Dan Scolnik .... foley cue
Dan Scolnik .... foley editor
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Dave Tinsley .... sound engineer
David F. Van Slyke .... sound effects editor (as David Van Slyke)
Jeffrey R. Whitcher .... sound effects editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Thomas A. Barone .... special effects technician: San Francisco
Dennis Becker .... special effects technician: San Francisco
Marcelo Couto .... special effects
Geoffrey Lake .... special effects technician: San Francisco (as Geoffrey Lake)
Tom Sindicich .... special effects supervisor: San Francisco (as Tommy Sindicich)
I.J. Van Perre .... special effects foreman: San Francisco
Visual Effects by
Constance Bracewell .... lead animator
Matthieu Chatelier .... visual effects assistant
Daniel Chuba .... visual effects producer: Hammerhead Productions (as Dan Chuba)
Jamie Dixon .... visual effects supervisor: Hammerhead Productions
Jay Grunfeld .... main title animator
Allison Troxell .... visual effects coordinator
Robert Yamamoto .... visual effects supervisor (as Rob Yamamoto)
Liisa Cohen .... stunts
Ashley Cusato .... stunts (as Ashley L. Cusato)
Trisha Lane .... stunts
Jeff Scott .... stunt coordinator (as Jeff Scott Flores)
Roger Stoneburner .... utility stunts
Astrid Walti .... stunt double: Penelope Cruz
Kris A. Jeffrey .... water safety coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Bellen .... Steadicam operator
Tim Bellen .... camera operator
Dave Childers .... key grip
Dave Childers .... key grip: San Francisco
Kika Cunha .... camera operator
Christopher Duskin .... second cinematographer
Silvia Gangemi .... assistant camera
Gustavo Hadba .... camera operator
Mark D. Hysen .... underwater grip: Los Angeles
Kim Marks .... camera operator: San Francisco
Gu Ramalho .... second assistant camera
Calvin Roberts .... video playback operator
Pete Romano .... underwater director of photography
John Trunk .... video assist operator
Carl A. Vidnic .... lighting technician: underwater unit
Casting Department
Christian Kaplan .... executive in charge of casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Kazmierowski .... costume supervisor: San Francisco
Editorial Department
Ryan Brown .... editorial production assistant
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Jim Passon .... color timer
Laura Rindner .... assistant editor
Patrick Thornhill .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Heitor Pereira .... music consultant
Frankie Pine .... music supervisor
Paul Silver .... music editor: temp mix
Sharon Smith .... music editor
Julia Michels .... executive in charge of music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Krister C. Johnson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Terran Benveniste .... production assistant
Beth M. Bodo .... production coordinator
Heather Cappiello .... script supervisor
Michael E. Clay .... location assistant
Francisco Cortes .... set production assistant: San Francisco
Darlene Eliopoulos .... production assistant
Gary Gillingham .... production controller
Marcy Guiragossian .... set production assistant
K.D. Gulko .... production assistant
Marielbi Huerta .... production assistant location scout: Venezuela
Ricardo Karam .... location manager
Bridgette Kelley .... script supervisor
Melissa Lekus .... location assistant: San Francisco
Ellen Lent .... location manager: San Francisco
Rob Meisenholder .... production accountant: Brazil/USA
Ana Maria Otero .... production assistant location scout: Venezuela
Gonzalo Parra .... location scout: Venezuela
Joe Pichirallo .... production executive
Matthew Riutta .... assistant to producer
Korin A. Tarin .... post-production accountant
Nancy A. Terriberry .... production coordinator: San Francisco
Carson Turell .... assistant to director
Jude S. Walko .... office production assistant
Howard Young .... production accountant: San Francisco
John Siedenburg .... chef (uncredited)

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Rated R for some strong sexuality and language
92 min
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Did You Know?

All interiors for the San Francisco scenes were shot in soundstages in Brazil.See more »
Factual errors: Near the end of the film, when trying to salvage the souffle, they bring out a box of Kraft-like "Cheese and Macarroni". Should be "Macaroni".See more »
Monica Jones:Melons are like boyfriends. Shall I tell you why? To get a single good one you must one hundred try.See more »
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Very nice, colorful, funny movie! (with a sexy Murilo Benicio and a sensual Penelope Cruz), 12 July 2004
Author: Francesca from Rome, Italy

I saw "Woman on top" yesterday and I found it very nice. It's a very funny story set first in Bahia (Brazil) and then in San Francisco, when Isabella (Penelope Cruz) became a TV star in a TV program about food. Penelope Cruz is very good in the role but it would be better if the role of Isabella was given to a brazilian actress (like for example Giovanna Antonelli, who would be perfect for the role), because a Spanish actress, even if she is good, who plays a sensual brazilian cook do not sound such well. Murilo Benicio (Toninho), one of the best brazilian young actors, is very good, very funny and so handsome and sexy! The story is very colorful and the music is beautiful, with many brazilian bossa nova hits like "Aquarela do Brasil" and "Vocè". The idea of Isabella having a best friend who is a drag queen is very good and also the idea of the TV program about the passion in brazilian cooking is excellent (and it remembers the role of the sensual cook Dona Flora played by Sonia Braga in "Dona Flor and her two husbands" by Bruno Barreto). If you want to feel the passion, the color, the music of Brazil, you have to watch this movie, even if, I repeat again, a brazilian actress would be better for the main role. I give it a 7.

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