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Viva Maria! (1965)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 18 December 1965 (USA)
Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus,... See full summary »


Louis Malle


Louis Malle (scenario and dialogue), Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario and dialogue) (as Jean-Claude Carriere)
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Bardot ... Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley aka Maria I
Jeanne Moreau ... Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley aka Maria II
George Hamilton ... Flores
Paulette Dubost ... Mme Diogène
Gregor von Rezzori Gregor von Rezzori ... Diogène (as Gregor Von Rezzori)
Poldo Bendandi ... Werther
Claudio Brook ... The Great Rodolfo
Carlos López Moctezuma ... Rodríguez (as Carlos Lopez Moctezuma)
Jonathan Eden ... Juanito Diogène
Francisco Reiguera ... Father Superior
Adriana Roel ... Janine
José Baviera ... Don Alvaro
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... The Dictator of San Miguel (as José Ángel Espinoza)
Fernando Wagner Fernando Wagner ... Father of Maria I
Roberto Pedret Roberto Pedret ... Pablo


Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus, and on her debut as a singer, she unintentionally invents the strip-tease and makes the circus famous. Then they accidentally meet a socialist revolutionary and find themselves leading a revolution against the dictator, the capitalists and the Church. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Viva Fun! Viva Can-Can! Viva Adventure! Viva Strip Tease! Viva Love! Viva Boom-Boom! See more »


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Did You Know?


The gun that shoots around a corner that "The Great Rodolfo" develops as part of this story is found in a similar weapon called the periscope rifle in 1915 which allowed for the actuation of the trigger from beneath the line of sight of the firearm. Simmilarly, the Krummlauf was a bent barrel attachment was created in WWII for shooting around corners from a safe position. And CornerShot, designed in the early 2000s, allows its operator to both see and attack an armed target, without exposing the operator to counterattack. See more »


The machine gun that cuts down the palms should have run out of ammunition. See more »


Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley aka Maria II: Rodolfo, come over here and meet my new partner. Oh, that's right, I don't even know your name.
Maria I: Marie Fitzgerald O'Malley.
Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley aka Maria II: Marie?
The Great Rodolfo: Mary?
Maria I: I'm not Mary. Marie.
The Great Rodolfo: Mary and Mary. That's splendid!
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Referenced in Le Bonheur (1965) See more »


Ah ! Les p'tites Femmes de Paris
Music by Georges Delerue
Lyrics by Louis Malle and Jean-Claude Carrière
Performed by Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau
(p) 1965, Philips
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Stands up well today!
9 June 2003 | by bamptonjSee all my reviews

VIVA MARIA, a French-Italian co-production, is set in the revolution-torn Mexico in the early 1900s. Maria (Brigitte Bardot) - the daughter of an IRA operative - journeys to Mexico and meets up with her namesake Jeanne Moreau. Under the guise of circus/vaudevillian entertainers, they pursue their revolutionary activities around the countryside. The illustrious pair are captured but escape to fight with an enthusiastic peasantry to free San Miguel from its Spanish oppressors. Thoroughly entertaining and rollicking fun with spectacular visual action. Most of the film was shot on location in Mexico and the railway scenes filmed authentically on the 3ft gauge Interoceanic division of National Railways of Mexico. The featured steam loco is G-023 class 2-8-0 No. 66 (Alco 5209).

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Release Date:

18 December 1965 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico See more »


Box Office


$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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