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Passionada (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Drama | 16 June 2002 (USA)
Passionada is a romantic comedy about a Portuguese widow whose husband, a fisherman, died at sea. The widow's naive teenage daughter wants to be a professional gambler and she convinces her... See full summary »

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Charles Beck
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Celia Amonte
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Lois Vargas
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Angelica Amonte
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Daniel Vargas
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Gianni Martinez
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Frankie the Pit Boss
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Father Emmanuel
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Anthony
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Roberto
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Joseph Amonte
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Passionada is a romantic comedy about a Portuguese widow whose husband, a fisherman, died at sea. The widow's naive teenage daughter wants to be a professional gambler and she convinces her mother to date a British man who's new in town. The widow falls for the Brit, a professional gambler who pretends to be in the fishing business. Written by Anonymous

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This Summer, passion needs a little persuasion. See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and a conversation about drugs | See all certifications »
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$123,568 (USA) (15 August 2003)

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$536,906 (USA) (26 September 2003)
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Trivia

The first feature film to be filmed on location in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 45 years. See more »

Quotes

Vicky: You can't predict what I'll say, but you can predict I'll say it.
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Triste Sina
Performed by Mísia
Written by Nóbrega e Sousa and Jerónimo Bragança
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Another familiar ethnic story
22 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Passionada" is a very light and enjoyable film. But the story has been done a million times over by Hollywood and on TV. It's the typical tale of a worldly, WASPy guy who meets and romances an ethnic, family-devoted girl. You just knew that there would be a clash of cultures and an eventual break-up. She would undoubtedly tempt her guy with ethnic food, dance and song, and even sensual sex. And he would tempt her with excitement, luxuries, and new adventures that only a man from outside her world could promise her. Sound familiar? Some people here complained about the lack of authenticity due to the director using non-Portuguese actors and Brazilian music. I don't think it made any difference. The acting and music and shots of the locale were very authentic and first-rate. The only thing that I couldn't figure out was all the casino scenes, since there are no casinos in New Bedford, Mass. The nearest ones are Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods in Conn., over an hour away. And Vicky, the young daughter, drove her scooter all the way over there and back on school nights? And if Charlie was such a professional card counter at Blackjack, banned from every casino, why was he broke? I must've missed something during a bathroom break. Other than that, "Passionada" is a fun film and a good insight into Portuguese-American culture, if that's your thing.


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