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Mambo Italiano (2003)

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

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Anna Barberini
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Pina Lunetti
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Peter
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Yolanda / Woman in Airplane / Jolene
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Rosetta
Dino Tavarone ...
Giorgio
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Michel Perron ...
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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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 | Romance

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:

$6,239,558 (USA) (5 December 2003)
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Trivia

The film's title is also the title of a famous Italian song. Strangely enough, the song itself is nowhere to be heard during the entire film. See more »

Goofs

In two shots, the Italian flag is shown back to front. On the television, and on the computer monitor the Italian flag is shown as red, white, and green. The colors of the flag are green, white, and red. See more »

Quotes

Gino Barberini: [Angelo is taking his parents to his new apartment that's in an old building] What's so charming about being old? We're old.
Maria Barberini: We're not charming.
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Connections

References Dynasty (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Melao de Cana
Written by Pedroso Ferrer Hipolita Merced
Published by Editorial M.R.T.
Performed by Carole Fleury
Arranged by FM Le Sieur
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Bright, colorful & airy
19 June 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I loved this film! I've seen it probably 20 times.

It's light, airy, colorful, vibrant, funny and also poignant. The acting is very good, the timing (very important) is good and the characters, despite their many flaws, are likable.

If you liked Big Fat Greek Wedding and Adam & Steve, you will like this also.

Whoever designed the sets did a fantastic job too. Color everywhere! The film takes place in Canada and has funny references about gay men, Italians and people in general.

I think people looking for something light and comedic will really enjoy this.


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