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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 ... Mother of the Bride
Eduardo Conde ... Singer in the Dance Club
Betty von Wien Betty von Wien ... Isabella
Nelson Dantas Nelson Dantas ... Doctor
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Storyline

Sir Michael Caine plays Matthew Hollis; a man on vacation in Rio de Janeiro with his best friend Victor Lyons (Joseph Bologna). Both men have teenage daughters with them. When Caine falls for Victor's daughter Jennifer (Michelle Johnson), they embark on a secret, if slightly one-sided relationship. Victor is furious when he finds out about the "older man" in his daughter's life, and sets out to hunt him down with the aid of Matthew. Written by Rob Hartill

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I must be doing something right See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star Billing: Sir Michael Caine (first), Joseph Bologna (second), Valerie Harper (third), Michelle Johnson (fourth), and Demi Moore (fifth). See more »

Goofs

When Nikki goes hang-gliding, she walks up to the glider, grabs the bar, and runs towards the cliff. In the next shot, as the glider flies off, she is properly strapped in. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Hollis: Kiss you? I ought to spank you!
Jennifer Lyons: Oh, please, and bite me too.
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Performed by Lisa Roberts Gillan (as Lisa Roberts)
Music by Kenneth Wannberg (as Ken Wannberg)
Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
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Make Room For Daddy
21 August 2011 | by slokesSee all my reviews

A comedy where a middle-aged man has sex with his best friend's teenage daughter would seem morally wrong on so many levels as to violate municipal zoning ordinances. So why my lack of shame in copping to really enjoying this movie?

Watching "Blame It On Rio" back in 1984 when I was 18, the following items appealed to me. 1. Michelle Johnson naked. 2. Michelle Johnson in white pants. 3. Michael Caine's monologues. 4. Caine's chemistry with Joseph Bologna. 5. Michelle in her two-toned bikini.

Watching it now doesn't change what I like so much as in what order. Michelle Johnson is an extraordinarily beautiful woman and an engaging presence when she doesn't have a crying scene, and I think I have grown to appreciate her in other stages of dress, but the person that makes this film work for me now is Caine, whose level of commitment to this film is a thing of wonder.

"Blame It On Rio" is a sex farce which skates around real human feelings with moments of slapstick and sitcom repartee. There are about 150 ways the film can go wrong, but Caine sells it by keeping it light and silly.

Caine's character, Matthew Hollis, is a sympathetic, awkward type whose life gets upended when his wife Karen (Valerie Harper) decides she isn't going with him on vacation to Rio de Janiero. So it's just him, his friend Victor (Bologna), Victor's daughter Jennifer (Johnson), and Matthew's daughter Nicole (Demi Moore.)

Victor rides Matthew about making the most of his new opportunity: "Is tasting life, creating a little magic, is that cheating? You're a long time dead."

Jennifer has her own ideas on what Matthew should be doing, which she unleashes on him at an evening wedding festival at a beach: "Poor Uncle Matthew, he never had a chance."

Her nude scenes still pack a punch, but its the stuff in-between the nude scenes that excite me more now. Caine with anything in his hands, whether it be grating a carrot or brushing his teeth, is joyfully amusing, and his one-liners as revealed "Alfie"-style to the camera are just a lot of fun: "He needed my help...it's like asking an arsonist become the fire chief."

Bologna also makes me laugh, but something else, too. In his own askew, over-emoting way, he's the heart that makes the film work. When he discovers his daughter has been seeing another man, he immediately settles on Matthew - for help finding the culprit. This accounts for the funniest scenes in the film, but it also gives us something to care about. You laugh at Victor's blindness, but you also feel a little between the giggles when he tells Matthew: "You're a rock."

The main problem I have with "Blame It On Rio" is it is not all that sharp in the one-liner department. Co-screenwriter Larry Gelbart was the guy behind "Tootsie" and the best years of the sitcom "M*A*S*H," but he and Charlie Peters don't produce an especially witty script. There are funny lines, but more duds than you'd expect. "I've always had a problem with nudity. Sometimes, when I'm getting undressed, I almost wish I could leave the room, know what I mean?" Matthew asks us at one point. Fortunately, the writing gets much better in the second half, especially in the last twenty minutes when Matthew discovers he's not the only guy keeping a secret.

Celebrated director Stanley Donen makes the most of the natural beauty and native music of his location while keeping everything as light and fizzy as a tropical drink. "Blame It On Rio" may be morally dubious, but it's solid Hollywood fun of the kind Donen delivered for decades and as good a film as any for him to go out on. And thanks to Caine, "Blame It On Rio" still holds up.


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