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Barcelona (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 July 1994 (USA)
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Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer ... See full summary »

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Whit Stillman

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Whit Stillman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Nichols ... Ted Boynton
Chris Eigeman ... Fred Boynton
Tushka Bergen ... Montserrat Raventos
Mira Sorvino ... Marta Ferrer
Pep Munné ... Ramone
Hellena Taylor Hellena Taylor ... Greta (as Hellena Schmied)
Núria Badia Núria Badia ... Aurora Boval
Thomas Gibson ... Dickie Taylor
Jack Gilpin ... The Consul
Pere Ponce Pere Ponce ... Young Doctor
Laura López Laura López ... Nuria - Ted's Assistant
Francis Creighton Francis Creighton ... Frank Robinson
Edmon Roch Edmon Roch ... Javier
Diana Sassen Diana Sassen ... Woman - 'Shootings in America'
Àngels Bassas Àngels Bassas ... Woman - 'Jazz'
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Storyline

Ted, a stuffy white guy from Illinois working in sales for the Barcelona office of a US corporation, is paid an unexpected visit by his somewhat less stuffy cousin Fred, who is an officer in the US Navy. Over the next few months, both their lives are irrevocably altered by the events which follow Fred's arrival, events which are the trivial stuff of a comedy of manners at first but which gradually grow increasingly dramatic. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@hanover-crrel.army.mil>

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Americans. Anti Americans. In Love

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content and a brief sex scene | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Stanley Kubrick greatly admired this film, calling it "a new way to have talk advance the narrative." He was especially impressed with Thomas Gibson, and cast him in Eyes Wide Shut (1999) without an audition on the basis of his performance here. See more »

Goofs

The first scene introducing Marta at about 10 minutes in, she is seen arriving in a red car. When it is approaching it is a boxy late 70s/early 80s Renault 5, but when it stops it is a roundish Fiat 500 from the 60s which looks nothing at all like the car she came in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ted Boynton: [voice-over] I couldn't believe Fred would just show up like that. On the other hand, it was absolutely typical.
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Connections

Follows Metropolitan (1990) See more »

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Everybody Limbo!
Performed by Jeff Young
Written by Lou Christie and Mark Suozzo
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Too annoying to sit through.
13 December 2002 | by matt_huntingtonSee all my reviews

Whit Stillman has a knack for making really annoying and pointless movies about people who have no souls. I have never walked out of a movie theater during a movie, except for Barcelona.

A few years later, some friends of mine invited me to see Last Days of Disco. After two excruciating hours we walked out and it was only then that I saw the movie poster and realized it was a Whit Stillman film. I was instantly filled with regret that I had sat through this stultifying film, when I should have checked who the director was first, thereby avoiding the loss of those irretrievable hours. Stillman's talky, meandering films make you want to open up a vein. Boooring!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Барселона See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,820, 31 July 1994

Gross USA:

$7,266,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,266,973
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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