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Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business (1995)

A biography of the Portuguese-Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda, whose most distinctive feature was her tutti frutti hat. She came to the US as the "Brazilian Bombshell" and was a Broadway ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Cynthia Adler ... Hedda Hopper
Eric Barreto Eric Barreto ... Carmen Miranda, Fantasy Sequences
Mario Cunha Mario Cunha ... Himself
Alice Faye ... Herself
Aurora Miranda ... Herself
Carmen Miranda ... Herself (archive footage)
Leticia Monte Leticia Monte ... Carmen Miranda, teenager
Rita Moreno ... Herself
Cesar Romero ... Himself
Synval Silva Synval Silva ... Himself
Helena Solberg Helena Solberg ... Narrator
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A biography of the Portuguese-Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda, whose most distinctive feature was her tutti frutti hat. She came to the US as the "Brazilian Bombshell" and was a Broadway and Hollywood star in the 1940s. Written by Will Gilbert

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Country:

UK | Brazil

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

13 April 1995 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Bananas Is My Business See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,170, 9 July 1995

Gross USA:

$14,528

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,528
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Mono
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Connections

Features Copacabana (1947) See more »

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Aquarela do Brasil
Written by Ary Barroso
Performed by Carmen Miranda
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25 February 2003 | by dreamerlynSee all my reviews

As someone who only knew of Carmen Miranda as a caricature in cartoons and a Halloween costume worn by friends, I found this film very enlightening. Whatever might be missing in the film about the deeper details of her life, it is still an eye-opening documentary that at least shines some light on a real person behind the character. I thought this was a very respectful documentary and perhaps purposefully restrained for that reason. Maybe more could have been done, but I for one am glad that at least this much was there for me to see. I have a new respect for Carmen Miranda and find that I'm motivated now to seek more about her on my own.


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