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Moon over Parador

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Jack Noah (Richard Dreyfuss) is all actor: Self-possessed, obsessive, vulnerable, and an addict for praise, his soul burns with "the craft." Having just finished a grade-Z straight-to-cable crime thriller in the fictional South American country of Parador, he gets the ultimate acting challenge (though it's more like an offer he can't refuse) from Roberto Strausman (Raul Julia), the Paradorian dictator's chief advisor. The challenge: impersonate the country's dictator, whose just died. Strausman knows just how to ...
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Overview

Jack Noah (Richard Dreyfuss) is all actor: Self-possessed, obsessive, vulnerable, and an addict for praise, his soul burns with "the craft." Having just finished a grade-Z straight-to-cable crime thriller in the fictional South American country of Parador, he gets the ultimate acting challenge (though it's more like an offer he can't refuse) from Roberto Strausman (Raul Julia), the Paradorian dictator's chief advisor. The challenge: impersonate the country's dictator, whose just died. Strausman knows just how to manipulate Noah: He takes him to a meat locker, shows him the director's body (actually Dreyfuss' brother, Lorin), threatens to kill him, and he brings clips of Noah's best reviews. Thus enticed, and bearing a striking resemblance to the man, Noah accepts the job. Under the exacting direction of Strausman, he follows the script precisely. Noah immediately enjoys the job's perks, not least of which is the dictator's scorching mistress, Madonna (Sonia Braga), but of course cannot conceal his real identity to her. A close call with Parador's revolutionaries and Madonna's brimming social conscience push Noah to take command of the role. He starts pushing a kinder, gentler social agenda, and incurs Strausman's wrath. It begins to look like Noah will play the dictator's last act, but a chance meeting with a stunt man friend (Michael Greene) inspires a caper that will change all of the characters' fates.
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Editorial Reviews

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Director Paul Mazursky is a very funny and fair man. His Moon Over Parador is a much better satire of the way politics and performing mix than Dave, yet it's also a devilishly funny tease of the relationship between actors and directors and Washington and Hollywood. Mazursky skewers others and doesn't let himself off the hook, either. It's one of his and Dreyfuss's best comedies and features a powerfully funny performance from the late Raul Julia. Playing off the stereotypical relationship between actors and directors, he and Julia are a great comic team. Setting a tone later mimicked by Marlon Brando in The Freshman and Robert De Niro in Analyze This, Dreyfuss zestfully sends up himself and actor-ish preoccupations. Mazursky sprinkles good supporting actors and wacky cameos from Charo, Sammy Davis Jr., and Ed Asner to keep the fun going, and writers Charles G. Booth, Leon Capetanos, and Mazursky throw in sly political references to everything from Reagan to national anthems (Parador's sounds like a sick cross between "Pomp and Circumstance," "Aud Lang Syne," and "Old Lavender"). Yet the best performance is Julia's. Few actors had his extraordinary power, and he uses it to amp up the bizarrely blond Strausman into a character equally scary and comic. See this movie and you'll mourn his death anew.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • UPC: 025192556524
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,762

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss Jack Noah
Raul Julia Roberto Strausmann
Sonia Braga Madonna
Jonathan Winters Ralph
Fernando Rey Alejandro
Sammy Davis Jr. Himself
Michael Greene Clint
Polly Holliday Midge
Milton Goncalves Carlo
Charo Madame Loop
Marianne Sägebrecht Magda
René Kolldehoff Gunther
Richard Russell Ramos Dieter Lopez
Jose Lewgoy Archbishop
Dann Florek Toby
Roger Aaron Brown Desmond
Dana Delany Jenny
Dick Cavett Himself
Ike Pappas Himself
Ed Asner Himself
Reuven Bar-Yotam Menachem Fein
Nika Bonfim Carmen
John C. Broderick Director
Catalano Family Member
Neville de Almeida Family Member
Guara Bearded Man
Guilherme Karan Forte
Nildo Parente Gray Man
Helio Souto Family Member
Flavio R. Tambellini Dante Guzman
Carlotta Gerson Momma
Lorin Dreyfuss 1st Dictator
David Cale Edgar Low
Rod McCary Gordon Boyd
Lora Milligan Alice
Jill Mazursky Assistant Director
Nina Fineman Casting Secretary
Regina Case Clara
Bianca Rossini Tilde
Ariel Coelho Paulo
Vera Buono Nightclub Singer
Ursula Cantu Showgirl
Giovanna Gold Carnival Girl
Carlos Augusto Strazzer Drunk on Street
Betsy Mazursky Woman at Buffet
Rui Resende Man on the Beach
Nelson Xavier Gen. Sinaldo
Mario Guimaraes Umberto Solar
Jorge Cherques Family Member
Renato Coutinho Family Member
Patricio Guzmán Family Member
Lutero Luiz Samuel
Technical Credits
Paul Mazursky Director, Co-producer, Screenwriter
Leon Capetanos Screenwriter
Bill Catching Stunts
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Harry Curtis Costumes/Costume Designer
Marcos Flaksman Art Director, Production Designer
Pato Guzman Co-producer, Production Designer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Alexandre Meyer Set Decoration/Design
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Bianca Rossini Choreography
Irby Smith Asst. Director
Geoffrey Taylor Co-producer
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Never Forget/Main Titles [4:22]
2. A Wonderful Actor [4:06]
3. Stick Around [6:24]
4. Defunct Dictator [6:36]
5. Chance of a Lifetime [8:09]
6. Bravo [4:27]
7. The Entourage [5:37]
8. Playing the Part [6:26]
9. We Have a Hit [8:03]
10. More Than Lovers [6:07]
11. Sweet Power [9:05]
12. Out With the Old [7:33]
13. Getting Too Real [5:10]
14. Loved By the People [3:31]
15. It's Not Enough [3:56]
16. Goodbye My People [5:19]
17. The Greatest Time [5:28]
18. End Titles [3:10]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Languages
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
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