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Moon Over Parador (1988) Movie Information

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Paul Mazursky


Richard Dreyfuss
Raul Julia
Jonathan Winters
Sonia Braga
Fernando Rey





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An actor tells the story of him masquerading as a dead dictator in an attempt to keep his death from the people of his country, only to change the military leader's image and those around him.

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  Ichabod Crane
Ichabod Crane
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06/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not enough Raul

This film certainly has a set up that could have possibly been something far more enjoyable than it is. I think the main problem is the structure of the film which starts setting up the rest of the film as a flashback takes away all tension it might have had, and the problem is the film depends a lot on this tension it wanted. The set up is fairly well handled though, and there are some good moments in the first half. The second half just seems to go on auto pilot and frankly seems to go for too much of a feel good style, where a darker tone would have been more enjoyable considering the circumstances. The performances though are fine and if William Hurt had been the lead this would have been a full Kiss of the Spider Woman reunion. I particularly like Raul Julia as a manic but suave pupp...

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The M.O.W.

08/02/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Some good chuckles with a good cast

Actor "Jack Noah" (Richard Dreyfuss) is finally home, and bumps into a couple of friends. He tells him an unbelievable story where he was basically forced into taking the place of the "Parador" (played by various cities in Brazil) dictator, "President Alphonse Simms" (also played by Dreyfuss at the start of the movie), who had died of a heart attack.

He discusses how he was taught the mannerisms and other important information by the President's right-hand man, "Roberto Strausmann" (Raul Julia), who is secretly undermining the President.

With help from the dead "President's" mistress "Madonna Mendez" (Sonia Braga), he begins to change the dictator's public image slowly, which pretty much upsets "Strausman".

I have to day that this movie has some good chuckles, but not full of ...

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