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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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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Blair Pamela Blair ... Greek Chorus
Rene Ceballos Rene Ceballos ... Greek Chorus (as René Ceballos)
Elie Chaib Elie Chaib ... Greek Chorus
George De La Pena ... Greek Chorus
Joanne DiMauro Joanne DiMauro ... Greek Chorus
Denise Faye ... Greek Chorus
Marian Filali ... Greek Chorus (as Marianne Filali)
Angelo Fraboni Angelo Fraboni ... Greek Chorus
Scott Fowler Scott Fowler ... Greek Chorus
Seth Gertsacov Seth Gertsacov ... Greek Chorus
Patti Karr Patti Karr ... Greek Chorus
Fred Mann III Fred Mann III ... Greek Chorus
John Mineo John Mineo ... Greek Chorus
Christopher Nelson Christopher Nelson ... Greek Chorus
Valda Setterfield Valda Setterfield ... Greek Chorus
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

10 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poderosa Afrodita See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,700,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Mono)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the only Woody Allen films that differs in its style of credits. Despite the credits being set in the usual Windsor typeface, at the end of the film, they are superimposed on top of the chorus dancing. After the image fades to black, the credits scroll instead of being still. See more »

Goofs

The Belmont Park race caller announces that the last-place Eager Beaver is fading when Eager Beaver was actually gaining ground, and finishes the race a length-and-a-half behind the horse in front of him. See more »

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[after learning that Amanda cheated on Lenny]
Greek Chorus: Oh my God! It's more serious than we thought!
Greek Chorus Leader: It's very serious! Her marriage to Lenny is in crisis!
Greek Chorus: With the passage of time, even the strongest bonds become fragile!
Greek Chorus Leader: Great, fellas, it sounds like a fortune cookie!
Greek Chorus: Oh, Zeus! Most potent of gods! We implore thee! We need your help! Zeus! Great Zeus! Hear us! Hear us! We call out to thee!
Zeus: Um, this is Zeus. I'm not home right now, but you can leave a message and I'll get back to you. Please start ...
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Walkin' My Baby Back Home
(1930)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Lyrics by Roy Turk
Performed by Dick Hyman
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Mira Sorvino
11 August 1999 | by chicklet-2See all my reviews

The writing, directing, and acting in this movie were fabulous. The supporting cast is one of the best ever assembled, and heading this supporting cast is the breakout performance of the century. Mira Sorvino as Linda Ash has to be one of the greatest comedic performances in the history of film. She is charming, and sweet, and everything you would never expect a New York hooker and porn star to be. She creates Linda Ash from lines and direction that could go either way. She could have chosen to make this character a hardened, tough city chick. Instead, she went a completely different route of innocence despite sexual experience and naivete in the face of New York attitude, and it won her a well-deserved Oscar. She is also just as delightful and funny as she is touching and poignant. See this movie, even if it is only for Sorvino's performance, ignoring the incredible and novel script, the presence of Helena Bonham Carter and other actors of her caliber, and the fact that this could rival Annie Hall for best Woody Allen film. Great acting, great script, great comedy, wonderful movie.


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