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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

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When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Blair ... Greek Chorus
Rene Ceballos ... Greek Chorus (as René Ceballos)
Elie Chaib ... Greek Chorus
... Greek Chorus
Joanne DiMauro ... Greek Chorus
... Greek Chorus
... Greek Chorus (as Marianne Filali)
Angelo Fraboni ... Greek Chorus
Scott Fowler ... Greek Chorus
Seth Gertsacov ... Greek Chorus
Patti Karr ... Greek Chorus
Fred Mann III ... Greek Chorus
John Mineo ... Greek Chorus
Christopher Nelson ... Greek Chorus
Valda Setterfield ... Greek Chorus
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Lenny and Amanda have an adopted son Max who turns out to be brilliant. Lenny becomes obsessed with finding Max's real parents because he believes that they too must be brilliant. When he finds that Linda Ash is Max' real mother, Lenny is disappointed. Linda is a prostitute and porn star. On top of that, she is quite possibly the dumbest person Lenny has ever met. Interwoven is a Greek chorus linking the story with the story of Oedipus. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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The new comedy from Woody Allen


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Rated R for language and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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10 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Poderosa Afrodita  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,700,000
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1.85 : 1
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After its limited release in October 1995, Mira Sorvino received her Academy Award nomination. When it was released nationally in January of 1996 the television ads for the film was re-edited to make it seem that Sorvino's character was on the telephone thanking the Academy for the nomination. See more »

Goofs

At Belmont Park, Linda calls Lenny (Woody Allen) "Woody." See more »

Quotes

Greek Chorus Leader: Curiosity, that's what kills us. Not muggers or all that bullshit about the ozone layer. It's our own hearts and minds.
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The Greek Chorus does the "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles At You)" song-and-dance production number over half the credits. See more »

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'When you smile (...) the world smiles with you'
23 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

I can say that "Mighty Aphrodite" is the film that made me really appreciate Woody Allen's films. His direction is great, and so is the screenplay in the majority of his pictures.

The story of "Mighty Aphrodite" is magic, light, funny and beautiful. The idea of the Greek chorus is just incredible! All the cast is great, but the best one is really Mira Sorvino. She deserved her Oscar playing Linda Ash, a nice and ingenuous prostitute.

So if you like Woody Allen's films, you'll surely love this one like I did.


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