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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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Carlo Carlucci
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J.J. Blodgett
Gianfranco Barra ...
Bruno
Franco Angrisano ...
Arnoldo Trotta
Pippo Franco ...
Mattarazzo
Franco Acampora ...
Armando Trotta
Giselda Castrini ...
Anna
Raffaele Mottola ...
Passport Officer
Lino Coletta ...
Cipriani
Harry Ray ...
Dr. Fleischmann
Guidarino Guidi ...
Maitre D'
Giacomo Rizzo ...
Barman
Antonino Faà di Bruno ...
Concierge (as Antonino Faa' Di Bruno)
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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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Also Known As:

Аванти!  »

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Budget:

$2,750,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 530,716 (Sweden)
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When recording the eulogy, Wendell says "The evil that men do", and then interrupts himself. This is a quotation from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" (Act 3, Scene II). The full line is "The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones". See more »

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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 »

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Carlo Carlucci: Mr. Blodgett, I am Carlo Carlucci, Director of the hotel. Such a pleasure to have you here.
J.J. Blodgett: [Paying scant attention to Carlucci] Thank you...
Carlo Carlucci: It may interest you to know, we had another famous American diplomat staying here once: Mr. Benjamin Franklin.
J.J. Blodgett: Franklin? Oh, oh yes, Ben Franklin... Well, good man for his time. Of course, today, I'm not sure he could pass the security check.
Carlo Carlucci: Would you like to see his room? It is in the old part of the building.
J.J. Blodgett: [Impatiently] Not now...
Carlo Carlucci: Excuse me, I would ...
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Lemmon and Wilder take to Europe
10 August 2001 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

The great team of actor Jack Lemmon and director Billy Wilder create yet another classic in their repetoire of great films. In AVANTI! (which means "forward" in Italian), Lemmon plays Armbruster, a snobby American executive who travels to Italy to reclaim the body of his father after the latter dies of an autowreck. Little did Armbruster

know that his old man had a companion with him, a British lady whose daughter Pamela (Juliet Mills) is also present to claim her body. Though antagonists at first, Armbruster and Pamela are drawn together because of their parents' mutual interest. With a rich Italian

landscape (complete with an awesome view of the Mediterrean Sea), plus a typically great performance by Lemmon and a well-played one by Mills, make this a terrific romance flick.


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