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Blame It on Rio (1984)

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

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Charlie Peters (screenplay), Larry Gelbart (screenplay)
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Cast

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 ... Macumba Lady #2
Zeni Pereira ... Bride's Mother
Eduardo Conde ... Singer in the Dance Club
Betty von Wien Betty von Wien ... Isabella
Nelson Dantas Nelson Dantas ... Doctor
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Storyline

Matthew is married to Karen, and father to teenaged daughter, Nikki. Victor, his colleague and best friend, who is going through a divorce, is father to 17-year-old Jennifer. Matthew's marriage is not going well as well. Just before they are to embark for a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Karen says she is going on vacation by herself to "think about everything." Matthew and Victor decide to go to Rio with their daughters. The magical atmosphere of Rio, as if saturated with eroticism and languid lusts, takes them by surprise. Victor hunts for every woman, and Matthew, faithful to his wife, modestly accompanies his daughter in her entertainment. But the exciting Brazilian rhythms and frank dances on the moonlit beach do their job. Unable to resist the relentless onslaught of the young seducer, Matthew enters into an intimate relationship with her. Victor is furious when he finds out about an "older man" in his daughter's life, and sets out to hunt him down with the aid of Matthew.

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You can blame the night, blame the wine, blame the moon in her eyes, but when all else fails . . . you'd better . . . Blame it on Rio! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Director Stanley Donen said in a 1984 interview that he originally wanted an experienced actress for the role of Jennifer. He was looking for a young girl who was beautiful, lively, energetic and extroverted, but couldn't find one that satisfied him who was willing to go nude. So he started auditioning new inexperienced actresses and he found Michelle Johnson. Even though she was a model, he thought it may be difficult convincing her and her parents that she would have to do nude scenes. But he said they were all fine with it. "Girls, you know, if they're attractive, most of them are not at all unhappy about being topless," he reasoned. "They are quite beautiful and they like to be admired." See more »

Goofs

When Nikki goes hang-gliding, she walks up to the glider, grabs the bar, and runs towards the cliff. In the next shot, as the glider flies off, she is properly strapped in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Matthew Hollis: What happened, happened. You just never know.
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Crazy Credits

The end billing featured scenes of some of the movie's best and funniest moments. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cheers: Rescue Me (1985) See more »

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Alone With Me
Performed by Lisa Roberts Gillan (as Lisa Roberts)
Music by Kenneth Wannberg (as Ken Wannberg)
Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
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1 October 2000 | by keenanchrisSee all my reviews

This is a fun light-hearted comedy, with magnificent views of Brazil and subtle comic performances. It captures that early eighties feel well. And broaches the subject of a teenage temptress more honestly than the recent version of Lolita.

I can only think that this movie was out of time. probably from a gentler age, but it still hits the mark with me, even watching it now.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,437,660, 20 February 1984

Gross USA:

$18,644,570

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,644,570
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sherwood Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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