Blame It On Rio (1984)

R | 102 mins | Romantic comedy | 17 February 1984

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HISTORY

An 8 Dec 1982 Var news item referred to the film by its working title, I Love Rio. A 24 Feb 1983 Var brief announced a title change from Love, Rio to Rio , and a 24 Jun 1983 DV column used the working title, Only in Rio.
       A 9 Sep 1982 DV brief announced that Alan King would star as “Victor Lyons” and co-produce the picture, but he is not credited onscreen.
       HR production charts on 15 Apr 1983 stated that principal photography began in Brazil one month earlier, on 15 Mar 1983. A 15 Jun 1983 Var news item reported that the film recently completed shooting three days early. According to the 28 Dec 1982 LAT, Brazilian union regulations required a predominantly local crew.
       The film marked the feature film debut of Michelle Johnson, who, according to the LAT, was cast after Donen saw her in W magazine.
       An 8 Mar 1985 DV news item reported that Sherwood Productions, Inc., sued investor Naji Robert Nahas for allegedly failing to repay production costs to a Brazilian bank in exchange for an equity stake in the film. Sherwood executive Bruce M. McNall also claimed that Nahas induced him to purchase stock in the national oil company, Brazil Petrobas, S.A., as part of the transaction, and asserted damages of $1,770,500. The outcome of the case is ... More Less

An 8 Dec 1982 Var news item referred to the film by its working title, I Love Rio. A 24 Feb 1983 Var brief announced a title change from Love, Rio to Rio , and a 24 Jun 1983 DV column used the working title, Only in Rio.
       A 9 Sep 1982 DV brief announced that Alan King would star as “Victor Lyons” and co-produce the picture, but he is not credited onscreen.
       HR production charts on 15 Apr 1983 stated that principal photography began in Brazil one month earlier, on 15 Mar 1983. A 15 Jun 1983 Var news item reported that the film recently completed shooting three days early. According to the 28 Dec 1982 LAT, Brazilian union regulations required a predominantly local crew.
       The film marked the feature film debut of Michelle Johnson, who, according to the LAT, was cast after Donen saw her in W magazine.
       An 8 Mar 1985 DV news item reported that Sherwood Productions, Inc., sued investor Naji Robert Nahas for allegedly failing to repay production costs to a Brazilian bank in exchange for an equity stake in the film. Sherwood executive Bruce M. McNall also claimed that Nahas induced him to purchase stock in the national oil company, Brazil Petrobas, S.A., as part of the transaction, and asserted damages of $1,770,500. The outcome of the case is undetermined. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Undated.
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Daily Variety
9 Sep 1982.
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Daily Variety
24 Jun 1983.
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Daily Variety
8 Mar 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Apr 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
9 Feb 1984
p. 7.
LAHExam
17 Feb 1984.
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LAHExam
12 Mar 1984.
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Los Angeles Times
28 Dec 1982
Section G, p. 7.
Los Angeles Times
17 Feb 1984
p. 15.
Motion Picture Prod Digest
15 Feb 1984.
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New Republic
19 Mar 1984.
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New York
20 Feb 1984.
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New York Times
17 Feb 1984
p. 10.
New Yorker
20 Feb 1984.
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Time
27 Feb 1984.
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Variety
8 Dec 1982.
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Variety
24 Feb 1983.
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Variety
15 Jun 1983.
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Variety
1 Feb 1984
p. 18.
Village Voice
21 Feb 1984.
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WSJ
16 Feb 1984.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Sherwood Prodictions and Sidney Kimmel present
A Stanley Donen film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
Prod mgr Brazil
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d unit photog
1st asst cam
Key grip
Elec gaffer
Elec best boy
Generator op
Cam asst
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Asst set dec
Greenery
Art coord
Const coord
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Costumer
MUSIC
Mus ed
Brazil mus supv by
SOUND
Prod mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd boomman
Sd cableman
VISUAL EFFECTS
Title des
Titles and opt
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Valerie Harper's hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Asst to the prod
Scr supv
Prod asst
Prod coord
Prod secy
Casting-Brazil
Transportation
2d unit prod
Animal handler
Animal handler
Prod accountant
Loc auditor
Loc accountant
Legal adv
Unit pub
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the French film Un moment d'egarement written by Claude Berri (Renn Productions and Société Française de Production [SFP], 1977).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Blame It On Rio," music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
"I Must Be Doing Something Right," music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
"Nothing To Say," music by Ken Wannberg, lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
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SONGS
"Blame It On Rio," music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
"I Must Be Doing Something Right," music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
"Nothing To Say," music by Ken Wannberg, lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
"Time Out," music by Ken Wannberg, lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
"Strong Is The Urge," music by Ken Wannberg, lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
"Afterthoughts," music by Ken Wannberg, lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
"Alone With Me," music by Ken Wannberg, lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
"Misunderstood," music by Ken Wannberg, lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
"Chasing At Images," music by Ken Wannberg, lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
"Reach," music by Ken Wannberg, lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
"Programa Carioca," music by Oscar Castro-Neves, lyrics by Aldir Blanc
"Grumari," music by Oscar Castro-Neves, lyrics by Aldir Blanc
"Cartoes Postais," music by Oscar Castro-Neves, lyrics by Aldir Blanc
"Un, Deux, Trois, Samba," music by Oscar Castro-Neves, lyrics by Aldir Blanc
"Amor Sem Sim," music by Oscar Castro-Neves, lyrics by Aldir Blanc.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Only in Rio
I Love Rio
Love, Rio
Rio
Release Date:
17 February 1984
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 17 February 1984
Production Date:
15 March--mid June 1983 in Brazil.
Copyright Claimant:
Sherwood Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 April 1984
Copyright Number:
PA210443
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex Camera Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
102
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

In Sao Paolo, Brazil, middle-aged coffee industry executives Matthew Hollis and Victor Lyons prepare to take their teenaged daughters, Nicole “Nicky” Hollis and Jennifer Lyons, on a vacation in Rio de Janeiro. While packing, Matthew’s wife, Karen Hollis, announces she is going alone to Club Med in Bahia, Brazil, instead. Meanwhile, Victor is getting a divorce from Jennifer’s mother. The fathers and daughters arrive in Rio and settle into a rented house. In the morning, Jennifer confides to Nicole that she once had a crush on her friend’s father, Matthew. Later, on the beach, Matthew and Victor greet their friends, Peter and Helaine, and are embarrassed to see Nicky and Jennifer sunbathing topless. Afterward, the girls attend a Brazilian wedding, while Matthew and Victor go to a bar. Victor becomes occupied with a woman named Isabella, so Matthew returns to the beach to find the girls. Caught up in the wedding celebration, Jennifer and Matthew remove their clothes and join the party in the water. Jennifer kisses Matthew passionately, and then runs to a secluded cove. Matthew pursues her to protest, but the young girl seduces him and they make love. The next morning, while Victor and Nicky have breakfast, Jennifer teases Matthew as he shaves. He insists they act as if the previous night never happened, but she extracts a kiss. When Jennifer joins her father and Nicky, she has shaving cream on her face, but claims it is whipped cream. Nicky, who saw Jennifer kiss Matthew the previous night, leaves the table. Matthew becomes increasingly nervous when Jennifer flirts with him in front of her father. In the evening, Matthew and Victor prepare dinner while discussing discuss ... +


In Sao Paolo, Brazil, middle-aged coffee industry executives Matthew Hollis and Victor Lyons prepare to take their teenaged daughters, Nicole “Nicky” Hollis and Jennifer Lyons, on a vacation in Rio de Janeiro. While packing, Matthew’s wife, Karen Hollis, announces she is going alone to Club Med in Bahia, Brazil, instead. Meanwhile, Victor is getting a divorce from Jennifer’s mother. The fathers and daughters arrive in Rio and settle into a rented house. In the morning, Jennifer confides to Nicole that she once had a crush on her friend’s father, Matthew. Later, on the beach, Matthew and Victor greet their friends, Peter and Helaine, and are embarrassed to see Nicky and Jennifer sunbathing topless. Afterward, the girls attend a Brazilian wedding, while Matthew and Victor go to a bar. Victor becomes occupied with a woman named Isabella, so Matthew returns to the beach to find the girls. Caught up in the wedding celebration, Jennifer and Matthew remove their clothes and join the party in the water. Jennifer kisses Matthew passionately, and then runs to a secluded cove. Matthew pursues her to protest, but the young girl seduces him and they make love. The next morning, while Victor and Nicky have breakfast, Jennifer teases Matthew as he shaves. He insists they act as if the previous night never happened, but she extracts a kiss. When Jennifer joins her father and Nicky, she has shaving cream on her face, but claims it is whipped cream. Nicky, who saw Jennifer kiss Matthew the previous night, leaves the table. Matthew becomes increasingly nervous when Jennifer flirts with him in front of her father. In the evening, Matthew and Victor prepare dinner while discussing discuss their daughters. Victor proudly informs Matthew that he forbade Jennifer from using birth control pills, since they have a pact that she will inform him before she loses her virginity. Nicky and Jennifer return, and Nicky begs off dinner to go out with a boy, Diego. During dinner, Jennifer rubs Matthew’s leg under the table. Matthew is alarmed when Victor announces he is seeing Isabella again, leaving him and Jennifer alone. Matthew informs Jennifer that they must end the affair, but she seduces him again. Afterward, she confides that she used to fantasize about being married to him. In the early hours of the morning, Jennifer returns to the room she shares with Nicky, but bumps into Victor, and he wonders why she is up so late. When Jennifer asks Nicky if she hates her, the girl responds that she hates her father instead. Nicky warns Jennifer that her father has difficulty expressing his emotions. The next day, Jennifer consults a holy woman, who advises the girl to make gifts to a goddess and have the object of her affection wear a necklace with a fertility icon. During a beach outing, Jennifer places the necklace around Matthew’s neck, hoping to insure his love, then asks him to tell Victor about their relationship. However, Matthew insists that the affair is over, even though he loves her. The following day, Matthew overhears Jennifer confess to Victor the she had an affair with a married man. Matthew hastily packs and plans to return to Sao Paolo, but Victor begs him to stay to learn the identity of Jennifer’s lover. Pretending to help his friend, Matthew takes Jennifer to lunch and she offers him a nude photograph of herself. He refuses the gift, but decides to lie to Victor and tell him that Jennifer would not reveal her lover’s identity. Matthew encourages Jennifer to go out with a nineteen-year-old boy named Bernardo. When the boy brings Jennifer home, she abruptly ends his kiss. Meanwhile, Nicky returns home from her date and is confronted by Matthew, who wants to know where she has been. She admits to her knowledge of his affair with Jennifer. Later, Matthew seeks guidance from the holy woman. At the house, Victor finds Jennifer’s diary and shares it with Matthew, but her writings do not reveal her lover’s name, only that he is forty-three years old and has blue eyes. Victor asks Nicky what she knows and she gives him a couple of false leads, including a singer in a club. Later, Victor and Matthew visit the club and Jennifer attempts to make Matthew jealous. Victor attacks the singer until Matthew points out that the man has brown eyes. At dinner, Jennifer attempts to tell Victor her lover’s identity. Victor suspects a neighbor named Eduardo Marques, but Matthew confesses to save the man from Victor’s vengeance. Victor is stunned, and cannot bring himself to hit his friend. Afterward, Matthew tells Jennifer that their affair is revealed, and now completely over. Nicky observes the two and telephones her mother, Karen, asking her to come immediately because Matthew is in trouble. In the morning, Victor plans to leave. He attacks Matthew, just as Karen arrives. Matthew admits to the affair with Jennifer, and learns that Karen and Victor have been sleeping together. Meanwhile, Jennifer takes an overdose of birth control pills. At the hospital, Victor and Matthew temporarily reconcile, and Karen tells Jennifer how furious she is. Back at the house, Karen and Nicky refuse to speak to Matthew; he is forced to share a room with Victor, and they resume fighting. In the morning, Jennifer and Nicky ask if they can stay another week after their parents leave. Karen ends her affair with Victor and asks Matthew join her in Bahia. One year later, Victor finalizes his divorce and remarries his wife. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
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