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Barcelona (1994)

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Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer ... See full summary »

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Whit Stillman

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Whit Stillman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Nichols ... Ted Boynton
Chris Eigeman ... Fred Boynton
Tushka Bergen ... Montserrat Raventos
Mira Sorvino ... Marta Ferrer
Pep Munné ... Ramone
Hellena Taylor Hellena Taylor ... Greta (as Hellena Schmied)
Núria Badia Núria Badia ... Aurora Boval
Thomas Gibson ... Dickie Taylor
Jack Gilpin ... The Consul
Pere Ponce Pere Ponce ... Young Doctor
Laura López Laura López ... Nuria - Ted's Assistant
Francis Creighton Francis Creighton ... Frank Robinson
Edmon Roch Edmon Roch ... Javier
Diana Sassen Diana Sassen ... Woman - 'Shootings in America'
Àngels Bassas Àngels Bassas ... Woman - 'Jazz'
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Storyline

Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer in the US Navy. Over the next few months, both their lives are irrevocably altered by the events which follow Fred's arrival, events which are the trivial stuff of a comedy of manners at first but which gradually grow increasingly dramatic. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@hanover-crrel.army.mil>

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Americans. Anti Americans. In Love

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content and a brief sex scene | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Барселона See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,266,973
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Stanley Kubrick greatly admired this film, calling it "a new way to have talk advance the narrative." He was especially impressed with Thomas Gibson, and cast him in Eyes Wide Shut (1999) without an audition on the basis of his performance here. See more »

Goofs

When Fred and Ted are driving through Barcelona early in the film, Ted's driving barely matches the direction the car is moving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ted Boynton: [voice-over] I couldn't believe Fred would just show up like that. On the other hand, it was absolutely typical.
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References The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Boogie Oogie Oogie
Written byy Janice Marie Johnson (as J. Johnson) and Perry Kibble (as P. Kibble)
Performed by A Taste of Honey
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Vastly underrated film
13 September 2005 | by flapster001See all my reviews

Barecelona is a vastly underrated movie that achieved little success outside of art-house theatres on its release. This is a shame because the movie is both intelligent, funny and has broad appeal.

It concerns the adventures of two Americans who find themselves in Barcelona in the early Eighties at the height of the cold war. Ted is an uptight and repressed businessman while Fred is his airforce cousin who's a great deal more relaxed. The film starts with Fred forcing himself on his reluctant cousin's hospitality having just arrived in Barcelona.

Yet this isn't a buddy movie. In fact, it's very hard to classify and is by no means typical of an American movie. It's far more European in style.

The movie is about clashes of cultures and it's here that the humour is generated. Fred and Ted's differing attitudes and intelligence levels rub up against each other, and the old debate about the differences between male and female outlooks get a look in too. But the largest culture clash is that of urban left-wing Northern Spain versus the naturally conservative and bullish Americanism. This sounds heavy and intellectual but it isn't - the film makes fun of the American culture of living according self-help guides, for example, but also makes fun of a Spanish journalist-cum-philosopher who turns out to be equally shallow.

The strongest elements of the movie are the script, which is as tight as any top-notch sitcom, and also the cast. There are some excellent performances all around from some very strong actors. Fans or Mira Sorvino won't get to see a great deal of her, however, as she has a relatively minor supporting role.

The film is effectively a celebration of Barcelona and also of the situations that arise when different cultures meet. This might make it hard for some Americans to warm to but, ironically, that merely underlines the movie's main theme - that the world is bigger than the American continent and infinitely wider in its cultural scope.


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