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Barcelona (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 July 1994 (USA)
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Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer ... See full summary »

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Whit Stillman

Writer:

Whit Stillman
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Nichols ... Ted Boynton
Chris Eigeman ... Fred Boynton
Tushka Bergen ... Montserrat Raventos
Mira Sorvino ... Marta Ferrer
Pep Munné ... Ramone
Hellena Taylor Hellena Taylor ... Greta (as Hellena Schmied)
Núria Badia Núria Badia ... Aurora Boval
Thomas Gibson ... Dickie Taylor
Jack Gilpin ... The Consul
Pere Ponce Pere Ponce ... Young Doctor
Laura López Laura López ... Nuria - Ted's Assistant
Francis Creighton Francis Creighton ... Frank Robinson
Edmon Roch Edmon Roch ... Javier
Diana Sassen Diana Sassen ... Woman - 'Shootings in America'
Àngels Bassas Àngels Bassas ... Woman - 'Jazz'
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Storyline

Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer in the US Navy. Over the next few months, both their lives are irrevocably altered by the events which follow Fred's arrival, events which are the trivial stuff of a comedy of manners at first but which gradually grow increasingly dramatic. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@hanover-crrel.army.mil>

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Taglines:

Americans. Anti Americans. In Love

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content and a brief sex scene | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Барселона See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,820, 31 July 1994

Gross USA:

$7,266,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,266,973
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Whit Stillman: on the dance floor at the disco, along with cinematographer John Thomas and a few of the camera crew in the opening shot as extras during "You've Got What It Takes," just before Ted and Montserrat arrive. Stillman one on the extreme left, looking into a teleprompter just off-camera (identifiable from the shining white light from the screen). See more »

Goofs

When Fred and Ted are driving through Barcelona early in the film, Ted's driving barely matches the direction the car is moving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ted Boynton: [voice-over] I couldn't believe Fred would just show up like that. On the other hand, it was absolutely typical.
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Soundtracks

Una lacrima sul viso
Performed by Bobby Solo
Written by Bobby Solo (as Lunero) and Mogol
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Charming
8 March 2002 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

This very unusual movie exudes such charm and creates a great well of sympathy for its anxious and innocent central characters.

They find themselves throughout in worlds they find alien - a world of puerile anti-Americanism, of foreign women, and either commercial sales or the Navy ("well, you were ROTC, weren't you?" said disparagingly to a former bond trader now Navy officer).

The movie is very funny, the main American characters very likeable, naive, impressionable and voluble, the Spanish male character and several of the Spanish female characters, enjoyably detestable in every way.

There were two things I particularly enjoyed. First, every American who has lived in Europe for any period of time will find the movie rings all kinds of bells of memory - the woeful ignorance but insufferable patronizing tone of Europeans discoursing on American history and politics (e.g., the whole discourse on the "terrible union AFL-CIA that subverted democratic movements in Europe" is a hoot). Many young Europeans have exhibited since the War such an astonishing combination of ignorance, facile categorization and jealousy toward American life, history and policy that the American finds himself suddenly overwhelmed by both uninformed European prejudice and an astonishing unwillingness to be educated about a country that Americans obviously know far better than the lecturers. This movie is almost a tribute to that suffering.

Second, this movie is a nice antidote to the usual pedestal-placing of women, particularly foreign women, as the pawns of men. In this, the women are FAR more predatory and exhibit a deceit that is commonplace in most movies about male wolfishness. It's nice to see the tables turned.

The movie is also quite good on the relationship between two young Chicago men - and the way in which their lives as children affect their continuing view of each other - and how that changes.

The movie is off-beat, and has a peculiar pace. Do pay attention because there are about 5 female characters who are easy to confuse. Do see it- you'll enjoy it. (Oh, and in contradiction to the reviewer below, I think it quite normal, though funny, for a man to happen to speak - even though still in bed - to a girlfriend about his worry that he may be shaving the wrong way).


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