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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 »

Director:

Whit Stillman

Writer:

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

Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Engagement (1995) See more »

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Una lacrima sul viso
Performed by Bobby Solo
Written by Bobby Solo (as Lunero) and Mogol
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A shallow and pretentious movie
9 July 2001 | by nbottSee 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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