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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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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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Poderosa Afrodita  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,700,000
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1.85 : 1
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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

In the scene after Cassandra tells Lenny that his knee caps will be broken, the shadow of a boom mic is visible "following" him as he paces while talking on the phone to Amanda. See more »

Quotes

Linda Ash: But seriously, you wanna know why I liked you right from the start?
Lenny Weinrib: Why?
Linda Ash: 'Cause I'm always attracted to losers.
Lenny Weinrib: Losers. You think I'm a loser?
Linda Ash: Yeah, you've got no confidence, it's sweet, I like that in a man. I can't stand those johns who come in and throw down a couple of hundred and whip out a big dick and wave it all over the joint.
Lenny Weinrib: I wouldn't do that, even if I wanted to...
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)
(1952)
Written by Will Jason and Val Burton
Performed by Erroll Garner
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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