Moon over Parador (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Moon over Parador (1988)




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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 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.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Mazursky, Leon Capetanos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2004
MCA Universal Home Video


Raul Julia
as Roberto Strausmann
Sonia Braga
as Madonna
Fernando Rey
as Alejandro
as Madame Loop
José Lewgoy
as Archbishop
Dick Cavett
as Himself
Ike Pappas
as Himself
Edward Asner
as Himself
Lorin Dreyfuss
as 1st Dictator
David Cale
as Edgar Low
Reuven Bar-Yotam
as Menachem Fein
as Family Member
Rod McCary
as Gordon Boyd
Neville de Almeida
as Family Member
Jill Mazurzky Cody
as Assistant Director
Nina Fineman
as Casting Secretary
Helio Souto
as Family Member
Vera Buono
as Nightclub Singer
Ursula Cantu
as Showgirl
Guará Rodrigues
as Bearded Man
Giovanna Gold
as Carnival Girl
Carlos Augusto Stras...
as Drunk on Street
Betsy Mazursky
as Woman at Buffet
Rui Resende
as Man on the Beach
Nelson Xavier
as Gen. Sinaldo
Mario Guimaraes
as Umberto Solar
Nildo Parente
as Gray Man
Carlos Augusto Straz...
as Drunk on Street
Jorge Cherques
as Family Member
Renato Coutinho
as Family Member
Patricio Guzmán
as Family Member
Jill Mazursky Cody
as Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Moon over Parador

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Misfire comedy starring Dreyfuss, directed by Mazursky.

May 11, 2006

Audience Reviews for Moon over Parador

No, Parador isn't a real country, but that just means that this could be any country. The story is only somewhat realistic, but it's very funny, and entertaining. I really liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Mildly amusing comedy that's a cross between Bananas and Dave. Dreyfus is likeable enough, but it lacks bite and invariably falls back on weak farce and slapstick. OK though.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

This variation on The Prisoner of Zenda has Dreyfuss as a terrible actor agreeing to impersonate the dead ruler of a tinpot Caribbean country. Despite being fitfully amusing, that feeling déjà vu is never far away.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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