Shrimp on the Barbie DVD

Shrimp on the Barbie - 1990

Efraim/Unity Pictures - 86 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 634991227322; 018713815712; 634991227520; 4009750223208

Cast: Cheech Marin, Emma Samms, Vernon Wells, Carole Davis, Terence Cooper, June Bishop, Bruce Spence, Jeanette Cronin, Bruce Allpress, Val Lamond.
Crew: Screenplay: Grant Morris, Ron House, Alan Shearman; Photography: James Bartle, Andrew Lesnie; Editor: Fred Chulak; Music: Peter Kaye; Producer: R. Ben Efraim; Director: Alan Smithee (Michael Gottlieb).

Carlos, becomes a hapless partner in a struggling Mexican restaurant in Sydney. One night, Alex waltzes in to change his fortunes - and his life. As the daughter of the richest man in Australia, her wedding plans go disastrously awry when her father forbids her marriage, but agrees to accept her next choice. Determined to change her father's mind, Alex need look no further than across the room for a suitable alternative - the bumbling, uncouth Carlos. She offers Carlos $5000 to masquerade as her new fiance, thinking that her father will instead consent to her marrying another. As you might expect, this situation has a happy ending for Carlos and Alex - and even the father. With a few exceptions, it was filmed in the Auckland area.

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: C

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R0 NTSC DVDs were available for about $12us. It is presented in its original 1.33:1 format with spoken English 2.0 stereo or spoken Spanish 2.0. There is also a spoken Engish 5.1 option. Other than a trailer, there are no extras. There are no subtitles. There is a PAL R2 version from Germany with spoken German or English soundtracks under the title of "Cheech ohne Chong Jetzt Rauchts in Neuseeland", selling for about 13 eur.

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"Performances are barely adequate, while script and direction are woeful. This is another pic credited to the pseudonymous Alan Smithee [...] Pic's low point comes with a female character's impersonation of a lustful horse. The best line comes from Alexandra who says at one point. 'Shut up! This isn't funny!' Too true" - (Variety, May 30, 1990)


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