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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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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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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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,700,000
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Dolby SR (Mono)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Amanda tells Lenny that a day-old baby is available for adoption. Moments later, she tells him the baby was born that morning. See more »

Quotes

Linda Ash: My father's brother was supposed to be a genius. I never met him, but everybody said he was brilliant.
Lenny Weinrib: Really? What did he do?
Linda Ash: He was a serial rapist. He spent his whole life in jail, but if he had gone straight, he might have been very good in math.
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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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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Manhattan
(1925)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Carmen Cavallaro
Courtesy of MCA Records
By arrangement with Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
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Superb balance between sophistication and corn
8 May 2003 | by ian_harrisSee all my reviews

Spike Jones once said that his material was too corny for sophisticated people but too sophisticated for corny people. Woody Allen's material can lend itself to similar critique. Mighty Aphrodite has a superb balance between sophistication and corn.

The Greek chorus idea is very well used, both at a sophisticated level - the film is essentially a modernised Greek drama - and at a corn level (when the chorus morphed into a more Broadway-style chorus Janie avoided the cheese by going into the kitchen and uncorking the wine). The Greek myth theme is well done throughout - I loved the appeal to Zeus especially. Also the deus ex machina resolution was terrific fun, although I think not entirely original (I believe it was Cocteau who previously used the helicopter as a visual deus ex machina).

Fine performances - Mira Sorvino is a super "tart with a heart". Even Helena Bonham Carter is more effectively used in this film than in her standard Merchant Ivory roles, although I thought she lacked chemistry with Woody. Good also to see F Murray Abraham as the leader of the chorus - why do we see so little of him these days?

I'm a fan of Woody, but he has been patchy in the last 10 years or so. With this one, he really was in sparkling form. Well worth seeing.


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