• Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Mighty Aphrodite

Release Date: November 3rd, 1995

DVD Release Date: May 18th, 1999

R |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

When Lenny (Woody Allen) and his wife, Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), adopt a baby, Lenny realizes that his son is a genius and becomes obsessed with finding the boy's biological mother in hopes that she will be brilliant too. But when he learns that Max's mother is Linda Ash (Mira Sorvino), a kindhearted prostitute and porn star, Lenny is determined to reform her immoral lifestyle. A Greek chorus chimes in to relate the plot to Greek mythology in this quirky comedy.

Cast: Woody Allen, Helena Bonham Carter, Mira Sorvino, Michael Rapaport, F. Murray Abraham, Claire Bloom, Olympia Dukakis, David Ogden Stiers

Director: Woody Allen

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Miramax Films, Magnolia Pictures, Sweetland Films

Distributors: Miramax Home Entertainment [us], Buena Vista Pictures, Miramax Films

Keywords: 1990s, Witty, Quest, New York City, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

    It was only natural that Allen would eventually have to make a Greek drama. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie reveals its serious undertones (with commentary by the Greek chorus, which occasionally breaks into song and dance) while at the same time developing a plot that lends itself to slapstick. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Woody Allen's incredible wit is at the heart of all that's wonderful in Mighty Aphrodite, and Woody Allen's incredible ego is at the core of its major flaw. show more

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Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)