Barcelona (film)

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Promotional poster for Barcelona
Directed by Whit Stillman
Produced by Whit Stillman
Antonio Llorens
Jordi Tusell
Written by Whit Stillman
Music by Mark Suozzo
Cinematography John Thomas
Edited by Christopher Tellefsen
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release date
July 29, 1994
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.2 million
Box office $7,266,973

Barcelona is a 1994 comedy-drama film written and directed by Whit Stillman and set in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). The movie stars Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman and Mira Sorvino.


The main character in Barcelona is a Chicago salesman named Ted Boynton, who lives and works in the eponymous Spanish city in the early 1980s. 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.


  • Taylor Nichols as Ted Boynton, the film's protagonist and narrator; a liberal but uptight American businessman working in Barcelona who seeks his own path in life.
  • Chris Eigeman as Fred Boynton, Ted's belligerent cousin, a U.S. Navy officer, who visits and also has his own opinions on life and love.
  • Tushka Bergen as Montserrat Raventos, an attractive blonde local woman who works at Fira de Barcelona (Barcelona Trade Fair) and becomes romantically involved with Ted.
  • Mira Sorvino as Marta Ferrer, an opinionated Trade Fair employee who becomes romantically involved with Fred.
  • Pep Munné as Ramon, the film's main antagonist; a manipulative, Yankee-baiting journalist who clashes with Fred and who is also romantically connected to both Montserrat and Marta.
  • Hellena Schmied as Greta, a Trade Fair employee who captures Ted's interest late in the film.
  • Nuria Badia as Aurora Boval, a Trade Fair employee and mutual friend of Montserrat, Marta, and Greta.
  • Jack Gilpin as The Consul
  • Thomas Gibson as Dickie Taylor, Ted's company supervisor


Barcelona received an 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews.[citation needed]

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