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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios" (original title)
A television actress encounters a variety of eccentric characters after embarking on a journey to discover why her lover abruptly left her.

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Writer:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmen Maura ... Pepa
Antonio Banderas ... Carlos
Julieta Serrano ... Lucía
María Barranco ... Candela
Rossy de Palma ... Marisa
Kiti Mánver ... Paulina Morales (as Kiti Manver)
Guillermo Montesinos ... Taxista
Chus Lampreave ... Portera Testiga de Jehová
Eduardo Calvo ... Padre de Lucía (as Yayo Calvo)
Loles León ... Secretaria
Ángel de Andrés López ... Policía I (as Angel de Andrés-López)
Fernando Guillén ... Iván
Juan Lombardero Juan Lombardero ... Germán
José Antonio Navarro José Antonio Navarro ... Policía II
Ana Leza Ana Leza ... Ana
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Storyline

Pepas's lover, Iván, leaves her and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. In her search for Iván, she confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she is. Meanwhile; Candela, her friend, is afraid the police might be looking for her because of her ex-boyfriend, a muslim terrorist, and his criminal activities. As the plot develops, it is revealed that everyone's lives are more intertwined than they could have ever expected. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,399, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$7,251,740

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,262,580
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Laurenfilm, El Deseo See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene Carmen Maura (Pepa) and Fernando Guillen Cuervo (Ivan), are dubbing to Spanish Johnny Guitar (1954). See more »

Goofs

Pepa pushes the baggage cart at Lucía and it moves with a great deal of speed. However, in the next shot, it's obvious that the cart barely touches her, yet she falls as if it had hit her hard. See more »

Quotes

Ana: I'm fed up. I'm gonna get myself some quick cash, buy myself his bike and split. With a bike, who needs a man?
Pepa: Learning mechanics is easier than learning male psychology. You can figure out a bike, but you can never figure out a man.
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Connections

Version of La voix humaine (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Me va, me va
Composed by Ricardo Ceratto and Albert Hammond for Julio Iglesias
Performed by Chus Lampreave
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Film genius!
23 December 2001 | by sophiescagellSee all my reviews

This is in my opinion the greatest Almodovar film ever! Its funny and serious, but mainly farscical, but its brilliant. Carmen Maura steals the show as a woman close to the edge, but her performance is fully backed up by all the rest of the cast. Antonio Banderas performance is excellent as a geeky young man, with his girlfriend and mother also shining. It combines all the elements of American comedy of the sixties but brings it back at us with a touch of latin spirit. This film in my opinion is a gem, for anyone who wants to laugh!


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