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Blame It on Rio (1984)

Best friends and their daughters vacation in Rio de Janeiro only for one to fall for the other's daughter.

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Charlie Peters (screenplay), Larry Gelbart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Matthew Hollis
Joseph Bologna ... Victor Lyons
Valerie Harper ... Karen Hollis
Michelle Johnson ... Jennifer Lyons
Demi Moore ... Nicole Hollis
José Lewgoy ... Eduardo Marques
Lupe Gigliotti Lupe Gigliotti ... Signora Botega
Michael Menaugh Michael Menaugh ... Peter
Tessy Callado Tessy Callado ... Helaine
Ana Lucía Lima Ana Lucía Lima ... Macumba Lady #1
Maria Helena Velasco ... Macumba Lady #2
Zeni Pereira Zeni Pereira ... Bride's Mother
Eduardo Conde ... Singer in the Dance Club
Betty von Wien Betty von Wien ... Isabella
Nelson Dantas Nelson Dantas ... Doctor
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Storyline

Matthew is married to Karen, and father to teenaged daughter, Nikki. Victor, his colleague and best friend, who is going through a divorce, is father to 17-year-old Jennifer. Matthew's marriage is not going well as well. Just before they are to embark for a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Karen says she is going on vacation by herself to "think about everything." Matthew and Victor decide to go to Rio with their daughters. The magical atmosphere of Rio, as if saturated with eroticism and languid lusts, takes them by surprise. Victor hunts for every woman, and Matthew, faithful to his wife, modestly accompanies his daughter in her entertainment. But the exciting Brazilian rhythms and frank dances on the moonlit beach do their job. Unable to resist the relentless onslaught of the young seducer, Matthew enters into an intimate relationship with her. Victor is furious when he finds out about an "older man" in his daughter's life, and sets out to hunt him down with the aid of Matthew.

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Taglines:

A new tropical comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love, Rio See more »

Filming Locations:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,437,660, 20 February 1984

Gross USA:

$18,644,570

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,644,570
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sherwood Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer and Director Stanley Donen hired Michelle Johnson after seeing her in an issue of W Magazine. See more »

Goofs

At the start, Michael Caine's character's hair would change from his natural wavy style to permed, particularly between the scene when his character dined just before going to the beach to arriving at the beach. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Matthew Hollis: What happened, happened. You just never know.
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Crazy Credits

The end billing featured scenes of some of the movie's best and funniest moments. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dallas: Blame It on Bogota (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Programa Carioca
Music by Oscar Castro-Neves
Lyrics by Aldir Blanc
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The Pinnacle of 80's Cheese!

This film couldn't have been made at any other period of time than that tumultuous, garishly colored, love affair with dubious, cheesy excess known as the 1980's. At any other period of time, this movie would simply be overlooked as a horrid piece of meaningless crap. But not in the 80's, oh no. As a fine work of pure cheese, in the decade of cheese, this film is a sort of masterwork. Everything about this film is total cheese: the acting, the writing, the directing, and cheesiest of all, the music. Has a movie ever had a more grating theme than this movie? It even trumps "I Had The Time Of My Life" and "She's Like The Wind" from Dirty Dancing, which is no small accomplishment. And not only that, but the song is repeated several times throughout the movie. And oh, what else is there? Michael Caine's horrible hair, enormous glasses, and that whacky blue underwear he wears. And Joseph Bologna's insane overacting! Demi Moore's insane attempts at acting! And Michelle Johnson's ample nudity, ample bosom, and insane attempts at being seductive! One could charitably call this film an awkward misfire, but if you're up for it, it's a fine helping of cheese, and a good reminder that as bad as movies can be now, the 80's were the true decade of crap! Crap would never again be as hilariously crappy as it was in the 1980's, and Blame It On Rio is the king of 80's crap!


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