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Macaroni (1985)

Maccheroni (original title)
A businessman from the United States returns to Italy for the first time in four decades only to discover that an old girlfriend of his, along with her brother, have involved him in a massive hoax.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Jasiello
Laura Di Falco
Isa Danieli ...
Carmelina Jasiello
Maria Luisa Santella ...
Door Keeper
Patrizia Sacchi ...
Bruno Esposito ...
Giulio Jasiello
Orsetta Gregoretti ...
Young actress in theater
Marc Berman ...
French record producer
French record producer
Giovanna Sanfilippo ...
Fabio Tenore ...
Pasqualino (the little monk)
Marta Bifano ...
Aldo De Martino ...
Cottone (theater manager)
Tilde De Spirito ...
The villain's mistress (as Clotilde De Spirito)


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24 October 1985 (Italy)  »

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Macaroni  »

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Mastroianni had a cute film biz anecdote about this movie, noting that while promoting it in Manhattan he was having dinner at a posh Italian restaurant and the waiter - shaving a truffle over his pasta, motioned to Mastroianni whether he should continue and Marcello nodded yes, repeating "Paramount, Paramount" (the company was picking up the check). See more »


Antonio: Ah, it's beautiful to waste time.
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It's beautiful to waste time!
24 June 2005 | by (Roma, Italy) – See all my reviews

Tonight I had much to study and very little feeling for my books. I watched this film instead: I vaguely remembered it had a poor IMDb rating, but I decided to give it a chance anyway. I'm so glad I did! I found out a delightful bitter-sweet comedy, with some good laughs and a few touching moments as well. To be true the plot about the depressed American businessman who comes to Italy and discovers the enjoyment of life has been heard before and could seem sometimes predictable, but has its great moments; the score is rather charming too. Marcello and Jack are a magnificent paring. This film is vastly and wrongfully underrated. I can't believe it's only rated 6.1: it would deserve much more. I highly recommend it to anybody loves truly great artists like Lemmon and Mastroianni.

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