Avanti! (1972)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  17 December 1972 (USA)
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A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Carlucci
J.J. Blodgett
Gianfranco Barra ...
Franco Angrisano ...
Arnoldo Trotta
Pippo Franco ...
Franco Acampora ...
Armando Trotta
Giselda Castrini ...
Raffaele Mottola ...
Passport Officer
Lino Coletta ...
Harry Ray ...
Dr. Fleischmann
Guidarino Guidi ...
Maitre D'
Giacomo Rizzo ...
Antonino Faà di Bruno ...
Concierge (as Antonino Faa' Di Bruno)


Baltimore industrialist Wendell Armbruster crosses paths with London shop girl Pamela Piggott when they come to Ischia to pick up the bodies of her mother and his father, who have been killed in an automobile accident after a ten-year summertime affair. Straitlaced Wendell tries to avoid a scandal while free-spirited Pamela is impressed by the romantic setting. After some confusion with the bodies and a blackmail attempt by unscrupulous locals, Wendell and Pamela extend their parent's affair into the next generation. Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

17 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Аванти!  »

Box Office


$2,750,000 (estimated)


SEK 530,716 (Sweden)

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The Helicopter landing place at the end of the movie is not at Ischia, but at neighbor island of Capri, the nearby lighthouse is the Faro De Carena. The "H" for Helicopter landing was simply painted on a parking ground. See more »


When Pamela wants to go swimming at sunrise, Wendell's shadow on the pier is way too short for time of sunrise. (At the end of July in Ischia you'd get this kind of shadow around noon and 14:30.) See more »


J.J. Blodgett: [as the helicopter is approaching the Ischia heliport] Are you guys sure this is Ischia?
Helicopter pilot: Reasonably sure, sir.
J.J. Blodgett: Because I don't wanna land in Africa!
Helicopter pilot: That would be bigger, sir.
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »


Un 'Ora Sola Ti Vorrei
Words by Umberto Bertini (as Bertini) and music by Paola Marchetti (as Marchetti)
Performed by Sergio Bruni
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An underrated treasure !
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Full of wit and warmth, this movie is Billy Wilder's best and one of the most delightful movies ever to have come out of Hollywood! Good Lemmon and Mills, but Clive Revill is absolutely delicious and Edward Andrews does a fine turn too. I never see a daffodil without thinking of this film....

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