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Mambo Italiano (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  19 September 2003 (USA)
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The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he's gay.

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Anna Barberini
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Pina Lunetti
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Yolanda / Woman in Airplane / Jolene
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Rosetta
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Giorgio
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Father Carmignani
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Marco
Diane Lavallée ...
Mélanie
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Storyline

Angelo Barberini is the oddball son of Italian immigrants Gino and Maria, who inadvertently ended up in Canada rather than the States. Angelo shocks his parents by moving out on his own without getting married, and shocks them further still when he reveals that he's gay. But his boyfriend, policeman Nino Paventi isn't as ready to come out of the closet -- especially not to his busybody mother, Lina. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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gay | italian | canada | immigrant | police | See All (80) »

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It's BIGGER... It's FATTER... It's not GREEK... and there'll only be a wedding over mama's dead body! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual situations | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mambo italiano  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$734,570 (USA) (19 September 2003)

Gross:

$305,428 (Germany) (25 June 2004)
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Trivia

Both the film and the play (which the film is based upon) are based on Steve Galluccio's own life and experiences. See more »

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When Gino and Maria visit the cemetery, Maria says that her sister was 33 when she died, but the dates on the tombstone are 1960-1987, which would make her 27. See more »

Quotes

Pina: Me, I can convert anybody. Give me an hour in the Gay Village and there's not gonna be a Gay Village no more! Hai capito?
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References Dynasty (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

La Tarantella
Performed by Flavio Esposito
Excerpt from the album "Chansons Napolitaines"
Used by permission of Budamusic
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Funniest film around
11 December 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is the one film of the year I would recommend to anyone who wants a good laugh. Ignore the po-faced people who did not enjoy it and prepare yourself for an over-the-top stereotypical portrayal of "chaotic yet serene" ethnics in the wrong province in the wrong country. It is well-scripted and well-edited and the timing of the actors and director never fails. If you want to find out about real gay life or Italian Quebeckers, this is not the film to see; it is just an excellent comedy with plenty of gems - and good comedies are few and far between nowadays.


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