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Blame It on Rio

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)

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


Tessy Callado


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


Nelson Dantas


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
(20 February 1984)

Gross: $18,644,570

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
it would be crap. Instead, I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my
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.
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
find their daughters topless at the beach—this was well before Demi
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
a lot of schlocky movies, for sure, but in an interview once he said that
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.
dedication to his craft is what lifts what should've been a "C-" movie
"Rio" into a "B" "B-" movie instead and when he's in really good material,
makes it unforgettable.