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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios" (original title)
A television actress encounters a variety of eccentric characters after embarking on a journey to discover why her lover abruptly left her.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pepa
... Carlos
... Lucía
... Candela
... Marisa
... Paulina Morales (as Kiti Manver)
... Taxista
... Portera Testiga de Jehová
... Padre de Lucía (as Yayo Calvo)
... Secretaria
... Policía I (as Angel de Andrés-López)
... Iván
Juan Lombardero ... Germán
José Antonio Navarro ... Policía II
Ana Leza ... Ana
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Storyline

Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván, she confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she is. Meanwhile; Candela, her friend, is afraid the police might be looking for her because of her ex-boyfriend, a muslim terrorist, and his criminal activities. As the plot develops, it is revealed that everyone's lives are more intertwined than they could have ever expected. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown  »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,179,298
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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, the cab driver is not played by director Pedro Almodóvar, but Guillermo Montesinos. See more »

Goofs

In the minutes between Ivàn calling Pepa from the phone booth and hiding while she throws out his things, to Lucía and the police arriving at the apartment, the sky changes immediately from day to night. See more »

Quotes

Paulina Morales: She must turn herself in, go to jail, and let the jury decide her case.
Pepa: I don't understand.
Paulina Morales: She's committed a crime.
Pepa: Her only crime was falling in love and being afraid. I'd do the same.
Paulina Morales: I'm sure.
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Referenced in Chicago Hope: Women on the Verge (1996) See more »

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Written by Ventura Romero (as Ventura Rodríguez)
Performed by Lola Beltrán
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Film genius!
23 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is in my opinion the greatest Almodovar film ever! Its funny and serious, but mainly farscical, but its brilliant. Carmen Maura steals the show as a woman close to the edge, but her performance is fully backed up by all the rest of the cast. Antonio Banderas performance is excellent as a geeky young man, with his girlfriend and mother also shining. It combines all the elements of American comedy of the sixties but brings it back at us with a touch of latin spirit. This film in my opinion is a gem, for anyone who wants to laugh!


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