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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.


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 ... 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


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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Comedy | Romance


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This movie was filmed between March and December 1983. See more »


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 »


[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 »


Referenced in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007) See more »


Amor Sem Sim
Music by Oscar Castro-Neves
Lyrics by Aldir Blanc
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South American Heat!
21 November 2001 | by arturopanduroSee all my reviews

This light-hearted comedy features Michael Caine (Matthew) and Joseph Bologna (Victor) as two middle-aged best friends who go on a summer vacation to Brazil, each with a daughter in tow. Beautiful, voluptuous Michelle Johnson (Jennifer) and a pretty Demi Moore play the teen daughters. Jennifer falls for Matthew and they begin a wild and passionate, but secret affair. When Matthew decides to finally break it off with her, she cries to her father about the man she loves who broke her heart, so Victor goes on a search for the mystery man who hurt his daughter. Comic madness ensues. Filmed in the lush, tropical beaches, mountains and forests of Rio de Janeiro, this is one great vacation movie. Also starring a very funny Valerie Harper as Matthew's wife, who has some secrets of her own.

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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

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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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