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Barcelona (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 July 1994 (USA)
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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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Cast

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

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Rated PG-13 for drug content and a brief sex scene | See all certifications »
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29 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Барселона  »

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Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,266,973
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Director Cameo: Whit Stillman on the dance floor at the disco club along with cinematographer John Thomas and a few of the camera crew in the opening shot as dancing extras during the dance number "You've Got What It Takes" just before Ted and Montserrat arrive. Stillman is the one on the extreme left looking into a teleprompter just off-camera (identifiable from the shining white light from the teleprompter screen). See more »

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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 »

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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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Suenos de Amor
Written and performed by Rafael Del Estad
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A shallow and pretentious movie
9 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film is shallow because we never really get to know any of the characters very well. Out of the blue, they say whatever dumb thing is on their mind and we are supposed to think it is so clever. The dialogue is very "preppy", not real speech that normal human beings engage in. A man does not discuss his shaving habits with the girl he has just had sex with. Toward the end of the film, we are supposed to think it is so clever that we can enjoy the shaving joke again because an American government official comments on it.

As for the women in the film, we really get no insight at all. They are just tools for these shallow nerdy men to bounce off of. For men so fascinated by women, you would think that there would be more depth in the relationships that we are watching. This is not to be. What is so fascinating about these shallow men that would attract all these women?

There is no real interaction with the American characters and the fabulous city they are in. They might as well be meeting in Siberia rather than Spain. All through this film, one never gets the feeling that I care about these people. In fact, I was delighted when the so-called anti-American shoots the one guy. At least, there was a little drama at last.

Do yourself a favor and avoid this film at all cost.


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