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Blame It on Rio (1984)

Best friends and their daughters vacation in Rio de Janeiro only for one to fall for the other's daughter.


Stanley Donen


Charlie Peters (screenplay), Larry Gelbart (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Matthew Hollis
Joseph Bologna ... Victor Lyons
Valerie Harper ... Karen Hollis
Michelle Johnson ... Jennifer Lyons
Demi Moore ... Nicole Hollis
José Lewgoy ... Eduardo Marques
Lupe Gigliotti Lupe Gigliotti ... Signora Botega
Michael Menaugh Michael Menaugh ... Peter
Tessy Callado Tessy Callado ... Helaine
Ana Lucía Lima Ana Lucía Lima ... Macumba Lady #1
Maria Helena Velasco Maria Helena Velasco ... Macumba Lady #2
Zeni Pereira Zeni Pereira ... Mother of the Bride
Eduardo Conde Eduardo Conde ... Singer in the Dance Club
Betty von Wien Betty von Wien ... Isabella
Nelson Dantas Nelson Dantas ... Doctor


Sir Michael Caine plays Matthew Hollis; a man on vacation in Rio de Janeiro with his best friend Victor Lyons (Joseph Bologna). Both men have teenage daughters with them. When Caine falls for Victor's daughter Jennifer (Michelle Johnson), they embark on a secret, if slightly one-sided relationship. Victor is furious when he finds out about the "older man" in his daughter's life, and sets out to hunt him down with the aid of Matthew. Written by Rob Hartill

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She's the hottest thing on the beach. She's also his best friend's daughter! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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English | Portuguese

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love, Rio See more »

Filming Locations:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,437,660, 20 February 1984

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sherwood Productions See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first name of Joseph Bologna's character was Victor. The name of the actor who played the equivalent character, Jacques, in the original French movie, In a Wild Moment (1977), was Victor Lanoux. As such, the first name of Bologna's character had the same first name as the actor who played him in the original French movie. See more »


While shaving, Matthew nicks his cheek and it is bleeding. The cut appears in the next scene which takes place just a few minutes later, but in the scene that takes place later on that day, the cut has disappeared completely. See more »


Matthew: [about their daughters] They'll be all right. They're good girls.
Victor: Yeah. Let's go find some bad ones.
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Referenced in One Wild Moment (2015) See more »


Performed by Darryl Phinnessee
Music by Kenneth Wannberg (as Ken Wannberg)
Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
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Not Much Outside the Nudity
31 December 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Blame It on Rio (1984)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Matthew Hollis (Michael Caine) and his best friend Victor (Joseph Bologna) take their 17-year-old daughters on vacation to Rio where all sorts of trouble happens. Matthew, going thru a dried up marriage, falls to the seduction of his friend's daughter (Michelle Johnson) and soon the affair is going to have all sorts of people in trouble. Had this movie been made in the 1970's then it would have been a serious look at a troubled situation. Since it was made in the 80's it has been turned into a rather idiotic sex comedy and one that is pretty awful with the exception of a few things that keep it moving. The non-stop nudity is pretty shocking even by the 80's standards but the only thing more shocking is the fact that Stanley Donen directed this thing. Yes folks, the man behind SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, CHARADE, ON THE TOWN and FUNNY FACE also made this thing and it's clear this type of comedy just wasn't his thing. The entire picture is just so uneven that it's hard to really follow any of it and the attempts at humor just aren't funny and instead come across as rather creepy. I'm going to overlook the subject matter of a man sleeping with his friend's teenage daughter but there's a scene on the beach where the girls are topless and they come up to their fathers in a way, which was just kinda sick to watch. The film has gained a rather notorious reputation over the years due to all of the nudity and especially that by Johnson. I'm not going to lie, she looks amazing and her nude scenes certainly help keep the picture going but at the same time her performance is pretty bad, but this here is to be somewhat expected. She was just 17-years-old when this movie was made so think about that. Caine turns in a pretty bad performance as the father and it appears that he's rather uncomfortable throughout the entire film. Yes, the character is supposed to be uncomfortable with the situation but I really do wonder if Caine was nervous or didn't like the idea that he was actually messing around with an actress who wasn't yet at a legal age. Bologna is good in his supporting role as is Valerie Harper and there's also a young Demi Moore. BLAME IT ON RIO is a really stupid movie that adds up to a big fat zero in regards to its story. It's not funny. It's creepy at times and it just doesn't work.

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