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Viva Maria! (1965)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 18 December 1965 (USA)
Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus,... See full summary »

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Louis Malle (scenario and dialogue), Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario and dialogue) (as Jean-Claude Carriere)
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Bardot ... Maria I
Jeanne Moreau ... Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley aka Maria II
George Hamilton ... Flores
Paulette Dubost ... Mme Diogène
Gregor von Rezzori Gregor von Rezzori ... Diogène (as Gregor Von Rezzori)
Poldo Bendandi Poldo Bendandi ... Werther
Claudio Brook ... The Great Rodolfo
Carlos López Moctezuma ... Rodríguez (as Carlos Lopez Moctezuma)
Jonathan Eden Jonathan Eden ... Juanito Diogène
Francisco Reiguera Francisco Reiguera ... Father Superior
Adriana Roel Adriana Roel ... Janine
José Baviera ... Don Alvaro
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... The Dictator of San Miguel (as José Ángel Espinoza)
Fernando Wagner Fernando Wagner ... Father of Maria II
Roberto Pedret Roberto Pedret ... Pablo
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Storyline

Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus, and on her debut as a singer, she unintentionally invents the strip-tease and makes the circus famous. Then they accidentally meet a socialist revolutionary and find themselves leading a revolution against the dictator, the capitalists and the Church. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

Viva Bardot! Viva Moreau! (Viva Don't Miss It!) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

18 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viva Maria See more »

Filming Locations:

Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Maria (Brigitte Bardot) mistakenly identifies a Skyton-Babbit Model 1907 Machine Gun as a Vickers Machine Gun. However it really is a Vickers Mark1 Machine Gun. The Skyton-Babbit Machine Gun is a fictional name. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene, the British flag (Union Jack) is flying upside down. See more »

Quotes

Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley aka Maria II: Rodolfo, come over here and meet my new partner. Oh, that's right, I don't even know your name.
Maria I: Marie Fitzgerald O'Malley.
Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley aka Maria II: Marie?
The Great Rodolfo: Mary?
Maria I: I'm not Mary. Marie.
The Great Rodolfo: Mary and Mary. That's splendid!
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Connections

Referenced in You're a Big Boy Now (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(uncredited)
Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Maria quotes the first lines when addressing the rebels
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A "sleeper" by Louis Malle, and not your typical comedic western.
31 March 1999 | by DugySee all my reviews

What was Louis Malle thinking about when he put forth this gem of a movie? It's a tale of comedic revolution in a fictitious country south of the border, and it happens to be led by a couple of gorgeous carnival entertainers, namely Bardot and Moreau. This French/Italian production is certainly off beat when the girls, leading their little band of performers have to finish a revolution begun by George Hamilton (listen to his voice in French!). A little anti-church, anti-establishment, a little strange, this film will delight the curious. And of course, Bardot is as cute as can be. Don't miss this one, for the delight of it all.


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