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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Release Date:

17 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Аванти!  »

Box Office


$2,750,000 (estimated)


SEK 530,716 (Sweden)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Billy Wilder originally designed the part of Carlucci for Marcello Mastroianni and hoped to get Walter Matthau to do a cameo performance as Blodgett. See more »


When the US flag was draped over the coffin at the end of the movie, the canton (the blue field with stars) was over the upper left of the coffin, as viewed from the foot of the coffin. The canton is to go to the upper right of the coffin, the deceased's left shoulder. See more »


Wendell Armbruster: [as Pamela strips at the seaside] Miss Piggott! Please keep in mind that it's Sunday, and this is a Catholic country!
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References Carnal Knowledge (1971) 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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Come In! -- And Enjoy an Enchanting Romantic Comedy!
4 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon didn't go straight for the belly laughs in this departure from their usual all-out-crazy comedies. Fans of the masters will be pleasantly surprised by this delightful romantic comedy, which captivates the viewer from the very start. Mezmerizing backdrop music plays as though secretly staged by Cupid standing by to assure that lovebirds will find one another. Lemmon plays the son of a mega-wealthy American business man who had to drop everything to fly to Italy in order to claim the father's remains after a car accident. En route to his late father's "final stop", Lemmon runs in to a persistent young woman, who turns out to be the daughter of the woman with whom the father had had a lengthy affair, and who was found lovingly slung around his neck as they both died in said accident.

The situation seems rather awkward at first, but eventually Lemmon and the young woman begin following into the exact same steps their departed parents had done years earlier. The picture is completed by a brilliant supporting cast of hotel personnel and colorful locals. The performance of the multi-talented and ever-present-minded hotel manager was Oscar worthy.

Listening to the testimony of all people asked, Lemmon learns that his late father and his "friend" were viewed as Royalty, nothing less than figures from a fairy tale. The concluding scenes are the final touches to a most enchanting romantic comedy, one that has few rivals in its category. Billy Wilder has done it again. What he missed in big laughs, he made up in many magic moments and gentle pressures to your tear glands. One of the very best out there. Belissima!

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