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Woman on Top (2000)

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Brazilian chef Isabella Oliveira moves to San Francisco when her husband, frustrated by her motion sickness, cheats on her.

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Fina Torres

Writer:

Vera Blasi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Isabella Oliveira (as Penelope Cruz)
Murilo Benício ... Toninho Oliveira
Harold Perrineau ... Monica Jones (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
Mark Feuerstein ... Cliff Lloyd
John de Lancie ... Alex Reeves (as John De Lancie)
Anne Ramsay ... TV Director
Ana Gasteyer ... Claudia Hunter
Analu De Castro Analu De Castro ... Little Isabella - Age 2
Thais De Sá Curvelo Thais De Sá Curvelo ... Little Isabella - Age 5
Eliana Guttman Eliana Guttman ... Isabella's Mother
Eduardo Mattedi Eduardo Mattedi ... Isabella's Father
Ana Paula Oliveira Ana Paula Oliveira ... Cook
Marilice Santos Marilice Santos ... Sexy Neighbor
Giba Conceição Giba Conceição ... Troubadour #1
Joaquim Pinto Joaquim Pinto ... Troubadour #2
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Storyline

Isabella is a great cook, making her husband's restaurant in Bahia, Brazil, a success. To control her motion sickness, she must do the driving and be on top during sex, which drives her macho husband, Toninho, to infidelities. Heart-broken, she leaves for San Francisco, moving in with her childhood friend, Monica, a cross-dresser. To mend her heart, she makes an offering to Yemanja, the goddess of the sea. The goddess responds: Isabella no longer loves and the fish in Bahia no longer bite. Stricken, Toninho heads north to get her back; he finds her hosting a popular TV show, Passion Food, courted by its producer. Can he learn humility? Can she find happiness without him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las mujeres arriba See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahia, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,008,191, 24 September 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,018,450, 26 November 2000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Searchlight Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All interiors for the San Francisco scenes were shot in soundstages in Brazil. See more »

Goofs

When the sprinklers turn on Isabella and Toninho, Isabella's hair changes between shots from soaking wet, to dry, and back again. See more »

Quotes

[talking to operator about Monica]
Toninho: But she's quite unique! She's 5'10, braids, great legs and... she's a man!
Operator: In San Francisco, that is not unique!
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Connections

References Mary Tyler Moore (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Eu Sabia
Written by Bill Brendle and Katia Moraes (as Kátia Moraes)
Performed by Katia Moraes (as Kátia Moraes) and Sambaguru
Produced by Bill Brendle
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Easy on eyes and ears....fun film
24 January 2001 | by chemingineerSee all my reviews

This is a fun film and has several things going for it. Firstly it is sexy without being vulgar, proving that comedy without vulgarity is feasible. Secondly it is easy on the eye (Penelope) and the ears (Latin Rhythms). Thirdly, it is a fairy tale, both in content and format and hence totally unbelievable. And like all fairy tales, this one too has a moral...which is for the viewers to discover. The best thing about the movie it its old world charms, which is so endearing. Though eminently forgettable once you are out of the cinema hall, while inside, it is worth every minute of yours.

Recommended to take along someone you love.


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