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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

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When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Lenny
Rene Ceballos Rene Ceballos ... Greek Chorus (as René Ceballos)
Mira Sorvino ... Linda Ash
Helena Bonham Carter ... Amanda
Pamela Blair Pamela Blair ... Greek Chorus
Elie Chaib Elie Chaib ... Greek Chorus
George De La Pena ... Greek Chorus
Joanne DiMauro Joanne DiMauro ... Greek Chorus
Denise Faye ... Greek Chorus
Marian Filali ... Greek Chorus (as Marianne Filali)
Angelo Fraboni Angelo Fraboni ... Greek Chorus
Scott Fowler Scott Fowler ... Greek Chorus
Seth Gertsacov Seth Gertsacov ... Greek Chorus
Patti Karr Patti Karr ... Greek Chorus
Fred Mann III Fred Mann III ... Greek Chorus
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Storyline

Lenny and Amanda have an adopted son Max who turns out to be brilliant. Lenny becomes obsessed with finding Max's real parents because he believes that they too must be brilliant. When he finds that Linda Ash is Max' real mother, Lenny is disappointed. Linda is a prostitute and porn star. On top of that, she is quite possibly the dumbest person Lenny has ever met. Interwoven is a Greek chorus linking the story with the story of Oedipus. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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The new comedy from Woody Allen


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Rated R for language and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

10 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poderosa Afrodita See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$326,494, 29 October 1995

Gross USA:

$6,468,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,468,498
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Mono)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the biography The Unruly Life of Woody Allen by Marion Meade, the movie was inspired by Allen's adopted daughter Dylan. He thought that to be so intelligent and charming, he decided, Dylan must have inherited "good genes." See more »

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Quotes

Linda Ash: You're married, aren't you?
Lenny Weinrib: How can you tell that?
Linda Ash: 'Cause you got that look.
Lenny Weinrib: "That look?" What... what look is that?
Linda Ash: That look like it's been a long time since you had a great blowjob.
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References Raging Bull (1980) See more »

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Charming, imaginative look at fate, heredity and love
9 July 2002 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

This is a charming movie - particularly the parts played by the boxer-onion farmer, and prostitute/porn star, and their two scenes together. Allen's character's efforts sense of what happier direction the prostitute's life could take and his efforts to reform her, are also exactly what most of us would do if we discovered that she was the biological mother of our adopted child.

Allen has such imagination - and such an understanding of how people of varying education and background, talk and move, and what they care about.

I did feel the subplot involving Helena Bonham-Carter, her career and Peter Weller, was less imaginative, less interesting. I've always had trouble warming to Bonham-Carter - perhaps it's just how unlikeable virtually all her roles have been - and this role didn't help.

Mira Sorvino's character sounds amusingly like Victoria Jackson from Saturday Night Live - her figure is so eye-popping, and her sweetness so endearing that she definitely is the memorable character for anyone who sees the movie. "Oh, that's the one with Mira Sorvino" is undoubtedly how people would remember this movie. However, the Greek chorus was a wonderful idea - and Jack Warner in a small role as a blind seer, and F. Murray Abraham as the principal chorus member/conscience of the movie is also wonderful.


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