Ciao America (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  20 September 2002 (USA)
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Filmed mostly in Italy, "Ciao America" is the story of Lorenzo Primavera an unsettled, third generation Italian American whose search for his place in the world leads him back to the land ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Eddie Malavarca ...
Lorenzo Primavera
Giulio Fellini
Paola Angelini
Skip Cromwell
Frank Mantovani
Zi' Felice
Antonio Primavera
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reynold 'Rene' Alexander ...
Prof. Angelini
Giancarlo Baldini ...
Marco Basile ...
Michele Bertelli ...
Massimo Ferrarese
Primo Boarin ...
Man knocked off bike
Vanni Borghi ...
Train conductor


Filmed mostly in Italy, "Ciao America" is the story of Lorenzo Primavera an unsettled, third generation Italian American whose search for his place in the world leads him back to the land of his ancestors. In the small town of Ferrara, Italy, Lorenzo finds work coaching American-style football in the fledgling Italian Football League. It's a league where everyone can kick but no one can catch. While coaching, Lorenzo falls in love with Paola Angelini, a headstrong, young music student who forces him to face the same decision as his immigrant grandfather some seventy years earlier. Written by Anonymous

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He went to Italy in search of his past... what he found was his future.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality and some drug use





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20 September 2002 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Great Film
20 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Ciao America" is a wonderful film-a story of true romance, family, tradition, and tough choices. The chemistry between Lorenzo and Paola is unmistakable and Lorenzo's sacrifices and tough decision for the woman he loves is both compelling and inspiring. I particularly enjoyed the scenes of Italy's beautiful country side. The location offers the viewer a glimpse of life in Italy and the culture it consists of. In addition, Lorenzo's difficult endeavors with the football team were both hilarious and entertaining. Violante Placido (played Paola's role) was impressive- she is a beautiful and talented young actress. I was impressed with the Ciota brothers talent- I have passed the movie on to my sister who also loved the film. As an avid film watcher, I eagerly anticipate their next film! Contrary to "truth teller" the film is definitely worth your time and money!

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