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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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Peter
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Yolanda / Woman in Airplane / Jolene
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Rosetta
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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 more »

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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:

9 October 2003 (Slovenia)  »

Also Known As:

Mambo olasz módra  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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 »

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

Angelo: Unlike me, my sister was quite popular in high school.
[Anna is seen kissing with a guy and then going down on him]
Angelo: Who knew all those Icesuckles would pay off one day.
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Connections

References My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) See more »

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La Gigocin
Arranged by Nicolas Maranda
Performed by Ginette Reno & Paul Sorvino
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15 October 2003 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw a preview session of the Canadian romantic comedy Mambo Italiano last night (15th Oct '03) and this really is one of the very best gay themed films I've seen - and equally well suited to both a young and older audience.

I went to the preview because it had a gay theme - but quickly realised there's a lot more on offer - and a great deal of the film is about family and tradition. It's made with absolute honesty in regard to it's gay content, and as such is neither opportunistic nor preachy.

Mambo Italiano successfully avoids all likely clichés with a beautifully crafted script, first class acting and some of the best editing I've seen in any motion picture. And it looks spectacular - verging on surreal.

I thought it was wonderful that the predominantly young and mixed (and presumably straight) crowd all laughed, swooned, sobbed and cringed - although not all at the same time - proving that there are a lot of angles to this film which will appeal to a very broad audience.

Mambo Italiano is the best time I've had in a movie theatre in the last couple of years - and it thoroughly deserves commercial success.

I like that the TV adverts are give none of the film away, in fact understating how good it really is. You'll be surprised - it's the sort of film you'd love to see twice.

"Gayline" telephone counsellors around the globe will have to forgive one aspect of the plot (the lack of adequate training before going on-line), but they'll get a kick out of the fact that they're a key plot line.


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