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Girl from Rio (2001)

Chica de Río (original title)
TV-MA | | Comedy | 13 July 2001 (Spain)
Discovering your wife is sleeping with your boss can make a man do strange things. For a Samba-obsessed London clerk, robbing a bank and boarding the first flight to Rio are just the beginning.


Christopher Monger


Juan Carlos Guerrero Torres (idea), Julián Ibáñez (screenplay) (as Julian Ibañez) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Raymond
Vanessa Nunes Vanessa Nunes ... Orlinda
Santiago Segura ... Paulo
Patrick Barlow Patrick Barlow ... Strothers
Lia Williams ... Cathy
Nelson Xavier ... Bichero
Hugh Lloyd ... Albert
John Junkin ... Mr. Bigelow
Julio Levy Julio Levy ... Copacabana Concierge (as Julio Levi)
Paul Jerricho Paul Jerricho ... Inspector
Kacey Ainsworth Kacey Ainsworth ... Sales Assistant
Glynis Brooks Glynis Brooks ... Mrs. Grace
Arthur Cox ... Bank Customer
Ann Morrish Ann Morrish ... Bank Customer
Paul Mari Paul Mari ... Larry


Raymond is a bank clerk that dream on Rio de Janeiro and the beautiful and exotic samba dancer Orlinda. He has a secret class of samba at night, where he teaches the rhythm and how to dance samba to British persons. One day, he finds that his wife is cheating him with his boss and he decides to rob the bank and go to Rio de Janeiro to meet his passion. In the arrival, he meets the cab driver Paulo, an authentic 'malandro carioca' (smart guy born in Rio) and he crosses the way of the powerful 'bicheiro' (owner of an illegal and popular Brazilian lottery, called 'jogo de bicho' - translating, would be animal lottery), getting into trouble. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Have you ever dreamt of escaping to a land where the sun, sea sand and most of all Samba dancing is in everyone's prime lifestyle? Raymond has! See more »




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Chica from Rio... a beginning of a dream...
21 March 2010 | by htselepakisSee all my reviews

Although not technically perfect or with the most amazing 3D effects, actually no effects at all, the film can entangle you in a eerie feeling. I just finished watching it and I am feeling it. The sense of unachievable goals, of beautiful girls, excellent beaches and love through pictures firstly and then at first sight can make you feel awkward.

The story is simple and the plot is naive. Nothing of these would have happened in real life. But, because there is always a but, the film has it's own way into making you mix in the plot. Feel a part of it. Who has not felt betrayed, self-pitted, deserted or just confined in his everyday prison of routine? Who wouldn't like to travel to exotic places and meet beautiful girls of his dreams if he had the chance? Who isn't bullied by other people everyday even if those people are your boos, your landlord, your parents, your wife?

The film tries to make a statement. Simple and clear. The statement is based on everyone's life. So don't ask what I have understood because it, possibly, is different from what you have understood. I matched for some things even with Paulo, the taxi-driver, the penny "thief", the man-for-all-businesses. Watch the film carefully and you will observe that you have similarities with every character in this film.

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Release Date:

13 July 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota do Rio See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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2.35 : 1
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