Barcelona (film)

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Promotional poster
Directed byWhit Stillman
Written byWhit Stillman
Produced byWhit Stillman
Antonio Llorens
Jordi Tusell
CinematographyJohn Thomas
Edited byChristopher Tellefsen
Music byMark Suozzo
Distributed byFine Line Features
Release date
  • July 29, 1994 (1994-07-29)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.2 million
Box office$7.2 million[1]

Barcelona is a 1994 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Whit Stillman and set in Barcelona. The film stars Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman and Mira Sorvino.[2][3]

Barcelona is the second film (after Metropolitan (1990) and preceding The Last Days of Disco (1998)) in what Stillman calls his "Doomed-Bourgeois-in-Love series". The three films are independent of each other except for the cameo appearances of some common characters.


The main character in Barcelona is a Chicago salesman named Ted Boynton, who lives and works in the eponymous Spanish city in 1987. Ted's cousin, Fred, a naval officer, unexpectedly comes to stay with Ted at the beginning of the film. Fred has been sent to Barcelona to handle public relations on behalf of a U.S. fleet scheduled to arrive later.

The cousins have a history of conflict since childhood, to which the film refers several times. Ted and Fred develop relationships with various single women in Barcelona and experience the negative reactions of some of the community's residents to the context of Fred's presence. Ted also faces possible problems with his American employer and with the concept of attraction to physical beauty.



Barcelona received an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 35 reviews.[4]

Year-end lists[edit]


  1. ^ "Barcelona (1994)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  2. ^ Brody, Richard (2014-08-06). "Movie of the Week: "Barcelona"". The New Yorker.
  3. ^ "Barcelona". The Criterion Collection.
  4. ^ Barcelona (1994), retrieved 2021-07-06
  5. ^ a b Strauss, Bob (December 30, 1994). "At the Movies: Quantity Over Quality". Los Angeles Daily News (Valley ed.). p. L6.
  6. ^ Anthony, Todd (January 5, 1995). "Hits & Disses". Miami New Times.
  7. ^ Webster, Dan (January 1, 1995). "In Year of Disappointments, Some Movies Still Delivered". The Spokesman-Review (Spokane ed.). p. 2.
  8. ^ "The Year's Best". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. December 25, 1994. p. K/1.
  9. ^ Pickle, Betsy (December 30, 1994). "Searching for the Top 10... Whenever They May Be". Knoxville News-Sentinel. p. 3.
  10. ^ King, Dennis (December 25, 1994). "SCREEN SAVERS In a Year of Faulty Epics, The Oddest Little Movies Made The Biggest Impact". Tulsa World (Final Home ed.). p. E1.

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