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Gabriela (1983)

Gabriela, Cravo e Canela (original title)
In 1925, Nacib (Marcello Mastroianni) is the owner of bar in a small Brazilian coastal town runs by the local colonels. He meets Gabriela (Sonia Braga) and hires her on as a cook. They soon... See full summary »

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Bruno Barreto

Writers:

Jorge Amado (novel), Bruno Barreto | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sônia Braga ... Gabriela / Nacib's cook-mistresswife (as Sonia Braga)
Marcello Mastroianni ... Nacib / Bar owner / Gabriel's husband
Antonio Cantafora Antonio Cantafora ... Tonico Bastos / Notary (as Antonio Cantáfora)
Paulo Goulart ... João Fulgêncio
Ricardo Petráglia Ricardo Petráglia ... Prof. Josué (as Ricardo Petraglia)
Lutero Luiz Lutero Luiz ... Cel. Manoel das Onças (as Luthero Luiz)
Tania Boscoli Tania Boscoli ... Glória (as Tánia Boscoli)
Nicole Puzzi Nicole Puzzi ... Malvina
Flávio Galvão Flávio Galvão ... Mundinho Falcão
Joffre Soares Joffre Soares ... Cel. Ramiro Bastos
Maurício do Valle Maurício do Valle ... Cel. Amâncio Leal
Nildo Parente Nildo Parente ... Maurício Caires
Ivan Mesquita ... Cel. Melk Tavares (as Yvan Mesquita)
Luiz Linhares Luiz Linhares ... Cel. Jesuíno Mendonça
Emile Edde Emile Edde ... Poeta / Poet Argileu (as Emile Eddé)
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In 1925, Nacib (Marcello Mastroianni) is the owner of bar in a small Brazilian coastal town runs by the local colonels. He meets Gabriela (Sonia Braga) and hires her on as a cook. They soon enter a passionate relationship, fueled by his strong attraction to her sensual nature. However, he soon grows annoyed by the attention she receives. Under advisement of his best friend, Tonico (Cantafora), he proposes to her, partly in the hopes that the attention quells. After their marriage, he insists that she dress and behave more modestly so they can be seen as more respectable. Unfortunately, she cannot help but stray and he is forced to annul the marriage when he finds her in bed with Tonico. Later, as both Nacib and the town begin to undergo a transformation, Nacib and Gabriela resume their relationship. The political ways of the town modernize slightly and Gabriela returns as Nacib's mistress. Written by Will Gilbert

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

28 March 1983 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Gabriela See more »

Filming Locations:

Parati, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Production Co:

Sultana,United Artists See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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MGM bought the rights way back on 1964. See more »

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Version of Gabriela (1975) See more »

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Pulando Carniça (Playing Leapfrog)
Written and Performed by Antonio Carlos Jobim And Orchestra
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Male-fantasy counterpart of Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands
1 May 1999 | by kipper-5See all my reviews

Sonia Braga and Marcello Mastroianni are well-matched in this comedy set in the coastal town of Ilheus, Brazil, in the 1920's. Mastroanni is a paunchy, tired bachelor barkeeper who hires Braga, fresh out of the drought-stricken backlands, to be his cook. He is delighted to find, after she has cleaned herself up, that she is not only a terrific cook but also terrific in bed, and that she sees him as a very cute, studly young guy. But when he stubbornly tries to make their domestic arrangements into something more respectable, things start going downhill. Will our boy wise up in time?

From Jorge Amado's novel, Gabriela: Clove and Cinnamon. Music composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and arranged by Oscar Castro-Neves. Beautiful photography by Carlo di Palma. Lots of delightful small-town character humor.

This is the role that put Sonia Braga on the map when she played it on Brazilian TV in 1975. She was a sensation, and Gabriela was one of the highest-rated novelas ever aired in Brazil.


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