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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Wendell Armbruster: No!
Pamela Piggott: Yes. I took my week's salary, bought myself a suitcase full of fish and chips and a dozen bottles of Guinness stout, and tried to eat myself to death. Took them hours to pump my stomach out.
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outstanding overlooked Wilder flick
6 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

This charming and whimsical flick has been a favorite of mine for years, and I am puzzled as to why it so neglected. There are five main reasons the film works so well, not necessarily in order of importance: 1) the cinematography of the isle of Ischia 2) Billy Wilder's direction 3) Jack Lemmon 4) Wilder's and Diamond's script 5) Clive Revill as the hotel manager. Little can be added to the generally favorable comments found here. My favorite scene: Wendell Armbruster's introduction to the Trotta family ("That's a lotta Trottas!"). Well worth a see!

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