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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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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 Bardot! Viva Moreau! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

18 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viva Maria See more »

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

The Pound sign on the wanted poster has been placed after the figure. This is the French practice. In England it would be in front. See more »

Connections

Featured in Geburtstagskinder der Nouvelle Vague (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A "sleeper" by Louis Malle, and not your typical comedic western.
31 March 1999 | by DugySee all my reviews

What was Louis Malle thinking about when he put forth this gem of a movie? It's a tale of comedic revolution in a fictitious country south of the border, and it happens to be led by a couple of gorgeous carnival entertainers, namely Bardot and Moreau. This French/Italian production is certainly off beat when the girls, leading their little band of performers have to finish a revolution begun by George Hamilton (listen to his voice in French!). A little anti-church, anti-establishment, a little strange, this film will delight the curious. And of course, Bardot is as cute as can be. Don't miss this one, for the delight of it all.


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