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Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968)

Carla Campbell receives maintenance payment by three former GIs who all believe to be the father of her daughter Gia.


Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Carla Campbell
Shirley Newman
Phil Newman
Walter Braddock
Fritzie Braddock
Gia Campbell
Lauren Young (as Marian Moses)
Renzo Palmer ...
Giovanna Galletti ...
James Mishler ...
Dale Cummings ...


Twenty years after their initial war-time visit three U.S. servicemen hold a reunion at an Italian village. They all have fond memories, especially of local girl Carla. But she has been telling each of them that they are the father of her daughter Gia, so they have all been paying well for her upbringing. As this dawns on the threesome old rivalries surface, but times have changed and complications such as wives, middle-age, and the need to protect Gia's future start to surface. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Take someone you love to a nice, warm, funny picture about a nice, warm, unwed mother. See more »


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Release Date:

December 1968 (USA)  »

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Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


| (Widescreen Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot of three potential fathers vying to prove they fathered a child was used many years later in Mamma Mia! (2008). See more »


Shirley Newman: That is the most beautiful story I ever heard.
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References Ferdinand the Bull (1938) See more »


Buona Sera
Sung by Jimmy Roselli
Music by Riz Ortolani
Lyrics by Melvin Frank
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Fun comedy
28 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gina Lollobrigida plays a "widow" in Italy with a teenage daughter played by Janet Margolin. In reality Gina was never married but had, in the 1940s, sex with three different Army men (Telly Savalas, Phil Silvers and Peter Lawford) who all believe they're the father! Now they're all coming to town for a reunion and things go crazy.

Light, breezy comedy beautifully filmed on location in Italy. It has a good cast all doing very well in their roles. The standouts are Lollobrigida who is very beautiful and surprisingly good at comedy; Silvers who gets laughs from the stupidest lines and Shelley Winters who is hysterical as his overbearing wife. The only bad acting is by Margolin and Lee Grant as Savalas' wife--but she isn't given much to work with. And there's some hysterically bad process shots when people are riding cars. But these are minor complaints. This is just a silly, fun comedy.

Hard to believe that this was once considered risqué. It was originally rated M (which is the R rating today). It's now been lowered to a PG. I admit is DOES make adultery look OK but who's going to take this film seriously? Recommended. I give it an 8.

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