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(2001)

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  • Raymond is a bank clerk that dream on Rio de Janeiro and the beautiful and exotic samba dancer Orlinda. He has a secret class of samba at night, where he teaches the rhythm and how to dance samba to British persons. One day, he finds that his wife is cheating him with his boss and he decides to rob the bank and go to Rio de Janeiro to meet his passion. In the arrival, he meets the cab driver Paulo, an authentic 'malandro carioca' (smart guy born in Rio) and he crosses the way of the powerful 'bicheiro' (owner of an illegal and popular Brazilian lottery, called 'jogo de bicho' - translating, would be animal lottery), getting into trouble.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • When an assistant bank clerk learns of his wife's infidelity with his boss, he goes to Rio. With the banks money! He is a Samba teacher on the side back in London. He searches for meets a girl who is a famous Samba dancer. They date and dance a lot! They fall in love. He checks into a fine hotel and gets the VIP treatment as they see his money. The pile he has is only half the amount he arrived with as he was robbed by a local Mafia type when first riding in the taxi from airport to hotel. The girl turns out to be involved with the taxi drive who owes the local mobster and they plot to rob him. When bathing one morning he finds her missing and the safe is open and all is gone including his clothes an all. He is left on the streets of Rio with nothing! The worm turns and he and the taxi driver recover some of the cash, then steal all the money back from the mobster. He travels back to England to turn in the money and finds a surprise when he arrives!

    - Written by Jeffrey R Bruhjell
  • A mild-mannered banker finds himself living out his wildest dreams, only to wake up to a major dilemma in a continent-hopping comedy. Raymond is a British bank clerk who doesn't much care for his job, and whose marriage to Cathy has hit a rut. It would appear Cathy feels the same way about their relationship, since she's been fooling around on the side with Raymond's boss, Strothers. Raymond's one escape from his dreary life comes from his part-time job as a dance instructor, and he often fantasizes about Orlinda, a beautiful and famous dancer from Brazil. One day, Raymond discovers that Cathy has finally left him to run away with Strothers, and Raymond snaps; he embezzles a fortune from the bank, and hops on the first plane for Rio, where with the help of taxi driver Paulo, he finds the lovely Orlinda, and to his amazement ends up spending the night with her. The next morning finds Raymond in a more stable frame of mind, and he decides he should return the money to the bank, but when he discovers Orlinda is gone, he realizes she took the embezzled funds with her, and now he has to find her and recover the money before it's too late. Santiago Segura is a major comedy star in Latin America, but he was cast somewhat against type in this film, since he's not Brazilian, but a Spaniard. A mild-mannered banker finds himself living out his wildest dreams, only to wake up to a major dilemma in a continent-hopping comedy. Raymond is a British bank clerk who doesn't much care for his job, and whose marriage to Cathy has hit a rut. It would appear Cathy feels the same way about their relationship, since she's been fooling around on the side with Raymond's boss, Strothers. Raymond's one escape from his dreary life comes from his part-time job as a dance instructor, and he often fantasizes about Orlinda, a beautiful and famous dancer from Brazil. One day, Raymond discovers that Cathy has finally left him to run away with Strothers, and Raymond snaps; he embezzles a fortune from the bank, and hops on the first plane for Rio, where with the help of taxi driver Paulo, he finds the lovely Orlinda, and to his amazement ends up spending the night with her. The next morning finds Raymond in a more stable frame of mind, and he decides he should return the money to the bank, but when he discovers Orlinda is gone, he realizes she took the embezzled funds with her, and now he has to find her and recover the money before it's too late.

    - Written by Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
  • Discovering your wife is sleeping with your boss can make a man do strange things. For a Samba-obsessed London clerk, robbing a bank and boarding the first flight to Rio are just the beginning.

    - Written by Anonymous

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