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Mighty Aphrodite
     

Mighty Aphrodite

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Cast: Woody Allen, Helena Bonham Carter, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rapaport

 

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A dissatisfied Manhattan sportswriter finds more than he expected when he searches for the biological mother of his adopted child in Woody Allen's comedy. Writer-director Allen also plays Lenny, a slightly more relaxed incarnation of his usual neurotic screen persona. Lenny is trapped in a bad marriage to high-strung art dealer Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), but he

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A dissatisfied Manhattan sportswriter finds more than he expected when he searches for the biological mother of his adopted child in Woody Allen's comedy. Writer-director Allen also plays Lenny, a slightly more relaxed incarnation of his usual neurotic screen persona. Lenny is trapped in a bad marriage to high-strung art dealer Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), but he finds solace in his relationship with his adopted young son. Indeed, he grows so fond of the boy that he decides to track down the boy's real mother, expecting to discover a brilliant professional. Instead, he finds Linda (Mira Sorvino), a ditzy prostitute and porno star who mingles casual vulgarity with disarming innocence. Despite his initial disillusionment, Lenny soon develops a fondness for Linda and decides to play matchmaker, setting her up with a handsome young boxer (Michael Rapaport) who is equally good-hearted and scatterbrained. While the contrast between the free-spirited Linda and the uptight Lenny provides the bulk of the laughs, hints of Allen's more literary humor are also present, particularly in the scenes involving a roaming Greek chorus commenting upon Lenny's fate. Sorvino received a supporting Oscar for her title role in a well-received movie that is nevertheless not at the level of Allen's best-known classics.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/1996
UPC:
0786936002911
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Lenny
Helena Bonham Carter Amanda
Mira Sorvino Linda Ash
Michael Rapaport Kevin
F. Murray Abraham Leader
Claire Bloom Amanda's Mother
Steve Randazzo Bud
J. Smith-Cameron Bud's Wife
David Ogden Stiers Laius
Olympia Dukakis Jocasta
Jeffrey Kurland Oedipus
Donald Symington Amanda's Father
Yvette Hawkins School Principal
Gary Alper Park Avenue Couple
Rosemary Murphy Adoption Coordinator
Peter McRobbie Linda's Ex-Landlord
Kathleen Doyle Ex-Landlord's Wife
Sondra James Operator
Paul Giamatti Extras Guild Researcher
Peter Weller Jerry Bender
Kenneth Edelson Ken
Danielle Ferland Cassandra
Dan Moran Ricky, the Pimp
Paul Herman Ricky's Friend
Tony Sirico Boxing Trainer#1
Tony Darrow Boxing Trainer#2
Jack Warden Tiresias
Pamela Blair Greek Chorus Member
George de la Pena Greek Chorus Member
David Kramer Chorus
Karen Longwell Chorus
Dominic Marcus Chorus
Craig Sechler Chorus
Lisa Vidal Chorus
Al Cerullo Actual Helicopter Pilot

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Gary Alper Musical Direction/Supervision
Letty Aronson Co-producer
J.E. Beaucaire Executive Producer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Graciela Daniele Choreography
Jean Doumanian Executive Producer
Bobby Gosh Songwriter
Robert Greenhut Producer
Dick Hyman Score Composer
Jack Rollins Co-producer
Charles H. Joffe Co-producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Susan E. Morse Editor
Carlo Di Palma Cinematographer
Richard Patrick Asst. Director
Thomas A. Reilly Associate Producer
Helen Robin Co-producer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Tom Warren Art Director
Rosemary Zurlo Makeup

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Mighty Aphrodite 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mighty Aprhodite (which makes sense with short interludes of '' Greek'' actors appearing in shots from an old Roman theatre) was one of the funniest movies I have seen. Mira Sorvino plays a great role as a prostitute who is rudely awakened by Woody Allen (who has her son by adoption and would like to know who the real mother is). Her voice is completely different from the norm, which adds to her great job as an actress. She won an Academy Award for this Role and since then has been playing a '' Funny'' Girl ever since.