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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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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)


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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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Billy Wilder wanted the hero's father's long-running affair to have been with a male bellhop at the hotel; studio executives dissuaded him. See more »


The five Wall Street Journal copies on the table are all the same date. See more »


Carlo Carlucci: The coroner, he eats very well. He knows all the widows.
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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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