Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jun 2016)
Brief Synopsis – An actor is forced to play the part of his life when a Central American dictator dies unexpectedly and he must assume the role of dictator.
My Take on it – This film reminded quite a lot of Dave (1993) with Kevin Kline who does a much better job with the part than Richard Dreyfuss was able to do here.
Perhaps that one is better because it is more of a satire on American politics and this one is on a fictional Central American dictatorship.
Dreyfuss feels out of his elements here and he feels strained to try and get the part right.
More doesn’t work than does here and it’s easy to get tired of some of the antics portrayed here.
Raul Julia who was a wonderful actor also does an ok job here, but something is missing from the performance that he gives. He was quite talented and gave us many more roles where he did a much better job than he was able to do here.
This movie has a few fun scenes and I would probably say that it’s worth seeing at least once, but all in all, there isn’t much that is worthy of being seen as memorable here.
Bottom Line – Not as good as Dave (1993) which basically has a very similar plot. Dreyfuss feels out of his comfort zone with this film and much just doesn’t work well at all. Julia is ok here, but he has played so many better roles over the years. Probably worth seeing once, but not a very memorable film.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Mazursky’s autobiography, Judith Malina was originally cast as the dictator’s mother. But there was a mixup, Malina was unavailable, and the production only had the Rio opera house available for three days. They tried in vain for Zoe Caldwell, and considered a few Brazilian actresses. Mazursky ended up playing the part himself, in drag.(From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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