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Avanti! (1972)

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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When someone knocks on your door and says permesso?...be careful before you say Avanti! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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17 December 1972 (USA)  »

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$2,750,000 (estimated)
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After Marcello Mastroianni had turned down the role of Carlucci, Billy Wilder tested both Nino Manfredi and Romolo Valli for the part. However, he worried that their accents would be too strong for American audiences and cast the New Zealand-born Clive Revill after the actor (whom he had recently directed in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)) happened to call him on the telephone. Revill had played a Russian in his earlier Wilder film and had also played an Italian quite recently in The Assassination Bureau (1969); Wilder recalled his facility for languages and his skill at accents (he had also played both an Arab and a Scot in Modesty Blaise (1966), an American in A Fine Madness (1966) and another Russian in both Fathom (1967) and The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) in the recent past) and hired him at once. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

J.J. Blodgett: Maybe it's one of those Greek islands?
Helicopter pilot: No sir, Greece is way to the left.
J.J. Blodgett: Not as long as I am with the State Department!
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References Rum Runners (1971) See more »

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Senza Fine
Written by Gino Paoli
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A comedy, a romance, a satire, a jewel!
20 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Years ago I thought I was familiar with all of Billy Wilder's movies and as I thumbed through what might have been an old copy of Playboy, perhaps a Sex in the Cinema article, I came across a picture of a nude Juliet Mills and Jack Lemmon sitting on the rocks in an unknown Billy Wilder film, and was determined to one day see that film and much more of the Nanny from The Nanny and the Professor. VCRs were just coming on the market, so I had to wait a few years till Cinemax showed it in the early morning. I stayed up most of the night to satisfy my prurient interest and what I ended up with was a film I didn't want to end, a tune that played over and over again in my head for days, and one of my most favorite movies.

Yes, this movie is a comedy, sometimes a very black comedy, and sometimes a satire filled with irony. Yes, it's a romance, all about a wonderful romance that sparks up between two seemingly opposite people in the strangest of places at the strangest of times under the strangest of circumstances, the way romance quite often does. And at times there's sadness and pain to tug at your heart. It's all about discovering who you really are when you've lost your way in all life's confusion, and also about perhaps being better than your parents when you get older and more like them.

Lemmon is the consummate cad, Juliet Mills the most charming Englishwoman to grace a celluloid comedy, Clive Revill is perfect in his most Oscar-deserving role as the hotel manager Carlo Carlucci, the Italian cast members never fail to entertain, and the music is as catchy and memorable as any Bernstein or Tiomkin or Goldsmith score. The movie may be 2-1/2 hours long, but the time passes quickly as Lemmon and Mills rediscover love and youth and passion, and I always find myself wishing that I could see the two lovers returning a year later like their parents.

Billy Wilder may have given us dramatic gems like Stalag 17, Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, and Sunset Boulevard, given us comedic gems like Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot, and romantic gems like The Apartment and Irma La Douce, but it wasn't till the end of his career that he could take qualities from all of those and give them a magical, lyrical feel and atmosphere and come up with a jewel like Avanti!


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