Blame It on Rio

February 17th, 1984


Blame It on Rio

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Still of Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Valerie Harper, Michelle Johnson and Joseph Bologna in Blame It on RioStill of Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Michelle Johnson and Joseph Bologna in Blame It on RioStill of Michael Caine and Michelle Johnson in Blame It on RioStill of Michael Caine and Michelle Johnson in Blame It on RioStill of Michael Caine in Blame It on RioStill of Michelle Johnson in Blame It on Rio

Best friends and their daughters holiday in Rio only for one to fall for the other's daughter.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 5.4/10 (5,211 voted)

Director: Stanley Donen

Stars: Michael Caine, Michelle Johnson, Demi Moore

Caine plays a man on holiday in Rio with his best friend. Both men have teenage daughters with them. When Caine falls for the amorous daughter (played by Michelle Johnson) of his best friend, they embark on a secret, if slightly one-sided relationship. Johnson's father is furious when he finds out about the 'older man' in his daughter's life, and sets out to hunt him down with the aid of Caine!

Writers: Charlie Peters, Larry Gelbart

Michael Caine - Matthew Hollis
Joseph Bologna - Victor Lyons
Valerie Harper - Karen Hollis
Michelle Johnson - Jennifer Lyons
Demi Moore - Nicole 'Nikki' Hollis
José Lewgoy - Eduardo Marques
Lupe Gigliotti - Signora Botega
Michael Menaugh - Peter
Tessy Callado - Helaine
Ana Lucía Lima - Macumba Lady #1
Maria Helena Velasco - Macumba Lady #2
Zeni Pereira - Mother of the Bride
Eduardo Conde - Singer in the Dance Club
Betty von Wien - Isabella
Nelson Dantas - Doctor

Taglines: You can blame the night, blame the wine, blame the moon in her eyes, but when all else fails . . . you'd better . . . Blame it on Rio!

Release Date: 17 February 1984

Filming Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Opening Weekend: $3,437,660 (USA) (20 February 1984)

Gross: $18,644,570 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The theatrical movie poster, featuring the rear view of a girl in a "Brazilian cut" bikini caused such a stir that an altered, airbrushed version of the same poster with a less revealing bikini was issued.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Victor and Matthew are fighting in the bedroom, some of their lines were dubbed in later. The most notable is Matthew's line, "Those are my balls," because when he says it, his mouth does not move.

Matthew Hollis: Last night never happened.
Jennifer Lyons: I know. I was there when it didn't.

User Review

guilty pleasure


I saw this movie when it first came out. The theater was in a small town and there was nothing else to do that night so we went to the movie thinking it would be crap. Instead, I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my seat. I've loved the movie ever since.

Everyone knows the premise---Michael Caine and Joseph Bologna take their teenage daughters, Michelle Johnson and Demi Moore to Rio for a vacation. Caine's marriage is in trouble and his wife is vacationing somewhere else. They're barely settled into the home they're renting when Johnson aggressively pursues Caine and he quickly succumbs (like any man would!). Caine is guilt-ridden but cannot resist Michelle's considerable charms. Her father finds out about the affair and goes nuts trying to find out who her lover is. He enlists Caine in his search and many hilarious scenes ensue.

The setting for this movie is just gorgeous and the women are even more beautiful. This was Michelle Johnson's first movie and it shows but she does project a sweet sincerity and her va-va-voom body more than makes up for any performance shortcomings. Zowie! Catch the scene where the fathers find their daughters topless at the beach---this was well before Demi Moore had some "enhancements" later in her life and it is painfully obvious that she's extremely embarrassed by doing the topless scene. Michelle is a trouper though, lucky for us!

The ultimate reason to see this movie though is Michael Caine. He is extremely funny in this movie and I can only imagine how much fun he had making it----a guy in his 40s getting to spend a few weeks in one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world and having all these love scenes with a girl half his age and getting paid to do it!!! Caine has made a lot of schlocky movies, for sure, but in an interview once he said that no matter how dumb the movie was or how cheaply it was done, he would try to give the best performance he could so even if the rest of the movie was crap, the viewer could at least appreciate that Caine did a good job. That dedication to his craft is what lifts what should've been a "C-" movie like "Rio" into a "B" "B-" movie instead and when he's in really good material, makes it unforgettable.


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