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Moon Over Parador (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 9 September 1988 (USA)
Little known actor, Jack Noah, is working on location in the country of Parador at the time the dictator dies. The dictator's right hand man, Roberto, makes Jack an offer he cannot refuse..... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Mazursky

Writers:

Charles G. Booth (story), Leon Capetanos (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Jack Noah / President Alphonse Simms
Raul Julia ... Roberto Strausmann
Sônia Braga ... Madonna Mendez (as Sonia Braga)
Jonathan Winters ... Ralph
Fernando Rey ... Alejandro
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Sammy Davis Jr.
Michael Greene ... Clint
Polly Holliday ... Midge
Milton Gonçalves ... Carlo
Charo ... Madame Loop
Marianne Sägebrecht ... Magda
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Gunther
Richard Russell Ramos Richard Russell Ramos ... Dieter Lopez
José Lewgoy ... Archbishop
Dann Florek ... Toby
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Storyline

Little known actor, Jack Noah, is working on location in the country of Parador at the time the dictator dies. The dictator's right hand man, Roberto, makes Jack an offer he cannot refuse.. to play the dictator. Jack's acting skills fool the masses but not close friends and employees of the dictator. Written by Rob Hartill

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Welcome to Parador. The Dictator's cold, the First Lady's hot, and the People are revolting... and actor Jack Noah just got the role of his life. He's not the first actor to impersonate a president... but he may be the last. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pleine lune sur Parador See more »

Filming Locations:

Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,268,975, 11 September 1988

Gross USA:

$11,444,204

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,444,204
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John C. Broderick: The movie's unit production manager as the director of a film crew shooting in Parador. See more »

Quotes

Momma: It's true, you have lost weight.
Momma: For a moment I thought you had contracted Syphilus, like your uncle, Orlando.
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Ni te tengo, ni te olvido
By L. Barday
Performed by Julio Iglesias
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Under-rated film that doesn't take itself seriously
14 July 2001 | by hazelfreemanSee all my reviews

Paul Mazursky's film is under-rated in my opinion; maybe because the film never takes itself seriously.

The Dictator of a South American state dies suddenly. An American actor, Jack Noah, played by Richard Dreyfuss, happens to be there and is forced to pretend to be the Dictator until the henchmen can arrange a political transition. This all emerges early on and I thought the rest of the film was going to be pretty obvious and repetitive. But in fact some quite clever issues are brought out, as Noah begins to enjoy his role and tries to bring in social reforms.

Aides working closely with the Dictator notice the substitution, of course, but decide to keep quiet for the sake of self-preservation. The director of the film himself appears as the Dictator's dragon-like mother

The film never attempts to draw out the serious issues in any depth, but I think it manages to be an intelligent thriller and a fun comedy at the same time.


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