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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginette Reno ...
Anna Barberini
Pina Lunetti
Yolanda / Woman in Airplane / Jolene
Dino Tavarone ...
Michel Perron ...
Father Carmignani
Lou Vani ...
Diane Lavallée ...


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 <>

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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


CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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


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 »


Anna: Gee! Time flies when you're mortified.
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References My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) See more »


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Written by Adam Broughton, Deanne Dompierre, Steve Galluccio & FM Le Sieur
Music by FM Le Sieur
Performed by Adam Broughton
Courtesy of F.M.L.S. International & Cinémaginaire Inc.
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An amusing film about Italians abroad
3 September 2005 | by (Naples,Italy) – See all my reviews

I watched this film at the cinema last year, and I found it very funny. As an Italian-born male, sentences like " Italians move out either when they marry or when they die" made me really laugh, because this is partly true! Nevertheless, I think there's something which needs making clear. The characters and situations portrayed in the film are credible and hilarious insofar as they're set in the Italian communities of Canada, USA or Australia. I worked for 4 years in the export department of a company making Italian espresso coffee, thus getting in touch with lots of Italians who had settled in faraway countries many years ago. What I noticed is that most of them retain a picture of Italy and a system of values which were real in the country they left behind years ago, but look old-fashioned and rather over-the-top in today's Italy. I think it's undeniable that ethnic communities abroad are more conservative and traditional than the countries they came from, as they cling to values that, though being "frozen" for them, have evolved in the meantime. So some characters and situations of the film appear exaggerated if compared with Italians of 2005, but are really amusing if set in the context of the life of Italian immigrants, who represent what we used to be a few decades ago. A light comedy, to be enjoyed without taking ourselves too seriously.

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