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Director  Paul Mazursky
Initial DVD release  August 3, 2004
Language  English
5.9/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Music director  Maurice Jarre
Country  United States
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Release date  September 9, 1988 (1988-09-09)
Based on  Caviar for His Excellency by Charles G. Booth
Writer  Charles G. Booth (story), Leon Capetanos (screenplay), Paul Mazursky (screenplay)
Cast  Richard Dreyfuss (Jack Noah / President Alphonse Simms), Raúl Juliá (Roberto Strausmann), Sônia Braga (Madonna Mendez), Jonathan Winters (Ralph), Rui Rezende (Man on the Beach), Regina Casé (Clara)
Similar movies  Related Paul Mazursky movies

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Moon over Parador is a 1988 romantic comedy film, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Raúl Juliá and Sonia Braga. It is a remake of the 1939 film The Magnificent Fraud, based on the unpublished short story entitled "Caviar for His Excellency" by Charles G. Booth.


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The film follows the exploits of film actor Jack Noah (Dreyfuss), who is filming in the small, fictional South American country of Parador when Paradorian President Alfonse Simms, a Pinochet-style dictator, suddenly dies of a heart attack. Not wanting to lose his position in power, the president's right-hand man, Roberto Strausmann (Juliá) forces Jack to take the 'role of a lifetime' - that of the dead president, as the two men look so much alike. Jack accepts, eventually winning over the people and even the dead president's mistress, Madonna (Braga). However, when Paradise proves to be too boring, Jack needs to find a way to get out while keeping Roberto out of the loop.


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  • Richard Dreyfuss - Jack Noah/President Alphonse Simms
  • Lorin Dreyfuss - the real Alphonse Simms
  • Raúl Juliá - Roberto Strausmann
  • Sonia Braga - Madonna Mendez
  • Dana Delany - Jenny
  • Jonathan Winters - Ralph
  • Fernando Rey - Alejandro
  • Michael Greene - Clint
  • Polly Holliday - Midge
  • Milton Gonçalves - Carlo
  • Charo - Madame Lupe
  • Marianne Sägebrecht - Magda Feldmarck
  • Sammy Davis, Jr. - Himself
  • Ike Pappas - Himself
  • Edward Asner - Himself
  • Reinhard Kolldehoff - Gunther Feldmarck
  • Production

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    In the beginning, while both the President and Jack are in the scene, the President is played by Dreyfuss' older brother Lorin.

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    During a scene where Jack has to address the crowd as the Paradorian President, he ad-libs his lines and uses the text for the song "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha. Sammy Davis Jr.'s rendition of Parador's national anthem is sung against the music for "Bésame Mucho". The previous Paradorian National Anthem ("O Parador") is sung to the tune of "O Christmas Tree".

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    Director Paul Mazursky appears uncredited in drag, playing Simms' mother. Mazursky's wife Betsy appears at a buffet table and asks, "Por favor, is it safe to eat this lettuce here?" His daughter, Jill, plays the assistant director of the second film crew to shoot in Parador.


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  • New York City, New York, USA
  • Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  • Reception

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    The film received mixed reviews and has a 42% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Despite opening at #1 in the box office, the film was unable to cover its production costs, making it a flop.

    Awards and nominations

    Golden Globe Award

  • Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" - Raúl Juliá
  • Nominated, "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" - Sônia Braga
  • References

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