Moon over Parador (1988)




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While working in a small nation on the Caribbean, an American actor (Richard Dreyfuss) is convinced by the chief of police (Raul Julia) to impersonate the nation's dictator who has recently passed away. The actor really begins to enjoy the role after a while, thanks in part to the dictator's mistress (Sonia Braga).
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
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Richard Dreyfuss
as Jack Noah
Raul Julia
as Roberto Strausmann
Sonia Braga
as Madonna
Fernando Rey
as Alejandro
as Madame Loop
Richard Russell Ramos
as Dieter Lopez
José Lewgoy
as Archbishop
Dana Delany
as Jenny
Dick Cavett
as Himself
Ike Pappas
as Himself
Edward Asner
as Himself
Lorin Dreyfuss
as 1st Dictator
Nika Bonfim
as Carmen
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 Strasser
as Drunk on Street
Betsy Mazursky
as Woman at Buffet
Rui Resende
as Man on the Beach
Flávio R. Tambellini
as Dante Guzman
Nelson Xavier
as Gen. Sinaldo
Mario Guimaraes
as Umberto Solar
Nildo Parente
as Gray Man
Jorge Cherques
as Family Member
Renato Coutinho
as Family Member
Patricio Guzmán
as Family Member
Lutero Luiz
as Samuel
Jill Mazursky Cody
as Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Moon over Parador

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Misfire comedy starring Dreyfuss, directed by Mazursky.

May 11, 2006

Audience Reviews for Moon over Parador


Raul Julia was such a great actor! So, it is great to see some of his work, that I had not yet seen. The movie is all kinds of over-the-top and goofy. But, in that manic and fun way that I enjoy so much. Richard Dreyfuss is fantastic as he takes on several roles and he does pretty well. But, for me this is Raul Julia's movie. He played such a great bad-guy, I never get tired of watching his performances.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

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
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
xGary Xx

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