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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 »

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Louis Malle (scenario and dialogue), Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario and dialogue) (as Jean-Claude Carriere)
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Bardot ... 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 Poldo Bendandi ... Werther
Claudio Brook ... The Great Rodolfo
Carlos López Moctezuma ... Rodríguez (as Carlos Lopez Moctezuma)
Jonathan Eden Jonathan Eden ... Juanito Diogène
Francisco Reiguera Francisco Reiguera ... Father Superior
Adriana Roel 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 II
Roberto Pedret Roberto Pedret ... Pablo
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Storyline

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 Don't Miss It! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

George Hamilton replaced Alain Delon, who quit the film shortly before production began. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene, the British flag (Union Jack) is flying upside down. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Le Bonheur (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Irlandaise
Music by Georges Delerue
Lyrics by Louis Malle and Jean-Claude Carrière
Performed by Claudio Brook
(p) 1965, Philips
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Viva Maria! (1965) ***
11 February 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This vastly enjoyable romp features Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau at their loveliest as two saloon entertainers who (inadvertently) not only find themselves in the middle of the Mexican Revolution, but also invent striptease in the process! VIVA MARIA! sees Louis Malle return to the "anything goes" territory of his earlier success, ZAZIE DANS LE METRO (1960); here he is aided immeasurably by an engaging cast (which also includes Luis Bunuel regular, Claudio Brook and an understandably daunted George Hamilton!) and an impeccable crew (co-screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, cinematographer Henri Decae, composer Georges Delerue, assistant directors Juan Bunuel and Volker Schlondorff)! While the film is uneven in spots, the last half hour is a succession of hilarious sight gags which border at times, perhaps unsurprisingly given its credentials, on the surreal and the anti-clerical.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

18 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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