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Moon Over Parador (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 9 September 1988 (USA)
A US actor gets a gig in South American Parador. When the dictator dies, he's forced to play him for real and gets his mistress. Can they change Parador?


Paul Mazursky


Charles G. Booth (story), Leon Capetanos (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Jack Noah
Raul Julia ... Roberto Strausmann
Sônia Braga ... Madonna (as Sonia Braga)
Jonathan Winters ... Ralph
Fernando Rey ... Alejandro
Sammy Davis Jr. ... Self
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Clint
Polly Holliday ... Midge
Milton Gonçalves ... Carlo
Charo ... Madame Loop
Marianne Sägebrecht ... Magda
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Gunther
Richard Russell Ramos Richard Russell Ramos ... Dieter Lopez
José Lewgoy ... Archbishop
Dann Florek ... Toby


Little known actor, Jack Noah, is working on location in the country of Parador at the time the dictator dies. The dictator's right hand man, Roberto, makes Jack an offer he cannot refuse.. to play the dictator. Jack's acting skills fool the masses but not close friends and employees of the dictator. Written by Rob Hartill

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Welcome to Parador. The Dictator's cold, the First Lady's hot, and the People are revolting... and actor Jack Noah just got the role of his life. He's not the first actor to impersonate a president... but he may be the last. See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Ike Pappas: As himself. See more »


When Ralph (Jonathan Winters) meets Simms/Jack (Richard Dreyfuss) after the TV speech recording, he asks to use the president's bathroom. Simms gives him the direction "one left, one right, two more left". But as Ralph exits the door, he turns right instead of left. See more »


Madonna Mendez: Too many damn pumas.
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O Parador
Words by Will Holt, Leon Capetanos and Paul Mazursky
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"The Kiss of the Spider Woman": the flip side
11 November 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

While "The Kiss of the Spider Woman" cast Raul Julia as a political prisoner in an unidentified Latin American country, this time he works for a dictator in a fictional Latin American country. Specifically, the dictator suddenly drops dead, so Julia replaces el presidente with a Broadway actor (Richard Dreyfuss) shooting a movie in the country. From there, Dreyfuss has to figure out how to be a dictator, all the while balancing it with his own life.

Is it appropriate to turn the tense situation in Latin America into comedy? Well, "Moon Over Parador" does a good job with it. No matter what they do in this movie, they pull it off. It just goes to show why Richard Dreyfuss is one of the greatest actors of our era, and what we lost when Raul Julia died. Definitely worth seeing. Also starring Sonia Braga (who co-starred with Raul Julia in "TKOTSW"), Jonathan Winters and Sammy Davis Jr.

I agree: the first lady is hot.

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Release Date:

9 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moon Over Parador See more »

Filming Locations:

Brazil See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,268,975, 11 September 1988

Gross USA:


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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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