Queen of Hearts (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  October 1989 (USA)
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Eddie Luca is the youngest son in a family of Italian immigrants who has moved to London. Beginning from nowhere, they open a café in an Italian neighborhood. One day their father loses the... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anita Zagaria ...
Eileen Way ...
Mama Sibilla
Roberto Scateni ...
Stefano Spagnoli ...
Young Eddie
Alec Bregonzi ...
Man in Pig Scene
Mathilda Thorpe ...
Woman in Pig Scene (as Matilda Thorpe)
Anthony Manzoni ...
Ray Marioni ...
Sarah Hadaway ...


Eddie Luca is the youngest son in a family of Italian immigrants who has moved to London. Beginning from nowhere, they open a café in an Italian neighborhood. One day their father loses the café, the home and his wedding ring by gambling. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A story of love, revenge and cappuccino




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Release Date:

October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cappuccino  »

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$1,236,844 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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A Marvelous Film For Everyone To See
6 March 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

One of the most charming films of the 80's. It's a happy, sad, tragic, comic and glorious film about an Italian immigrant family living in England, filled with the kind of characters that used to be so common in 30's and 40's films when we had character actors who played outrageous, over-the-top parts.

The story opens in Italy where Danilo steals Rosa away on her wedding day from the man her mother had chosen for her. Their escape plays with the action of a Republic serial but with a totally unexpected comic ending. The two flee to London where Danilo is given the secret to winning at cards from a talking stuffed pig on a meat platter. But his success is short lived and he and his family soon turn to running a coffee shop that is only marginally successful.

The rest of the film is taken up with marriage and family and the adventures of life that happened while they wait for that lucky break-----------and it happens with an extraordinary event that pulls joy from tragedy. I'll only tell you that for the men in her life, Rosa remains the Queen of Hearts.

The film has all the sweetness and heartache of FORREST GUMP------------and all the love and inspiration, too--------backed my lush romantic music that parallels the emotion of the characters.

If you buy only one film from the MGM Vault Classics, I'd recommend this one.

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