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Mambo italiano -- 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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Release Date:
9 October 2003 (Slovenia) See more »
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Tagline:
Things change. Family doesn't. See more »
Plot:
The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he's gay. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
14 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(16 articles)
Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies
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Top 50 Favorite Gay Films
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User Reviews:
Non ce male! (That means you'll like it) See more (67 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Luke Kirby ... Angelo Barberini
Ginette Reno ... Maria Barberini

Paul Sorvino ... Gino Barberini

Mary Walsh ... Lina Paventi
Peter Miller ... Nino Paventi

Claudia Ferri ... Anna Barberini

Sophie Lorain ... Pina Lunetti

Tim Post ... Peter

Tara Nicodemo ... Yolanda / Woman in Airplane / Jolene

Pierrette Robitaille ... Rosetta
Dino Tavarone ... Giorgio

Mark Camacho ... Johnny Christofaro
Michel Perron ... Father Carmignani
Lou Vani ... Marco
Diane Lavallée ... Mélanie
Ellen David ... Alicia (gay-line)

Shaun Balbar ... Raymond (gay-line)
Matt Holland ... Steve (gay line)
Grace Bush-Vineberg ... Young Anna (as Grace Bush Vineberg)
Matthew Gagnon ... Gay Teen
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Desperate Woman (as Lisa Bronwyn-Moore)
Michael Romano ... Young Angelo
Stephanie Vecchio ... Young Maria
Stephan Perreault ... Young Gino
Mathieu Major-Langevin ... Young Nino

Richard Jutras ... Italian Psychiatrist #1
Giovanna Currabba ... Italian Psychiatrist #2
Silvio Orvieto ... Italian Psychiatrist #3
Pierre LeBlanc ... Italian Psychiatrist #4
France Arbour ... Italian Psychiatrist #5
Penny Mancuso ... Angelo's Boss / Rosetta's Voice
Gino Riccardo Arcaro ... Massimo
Paola Pagnotta ... Massimo's Mother
Marcello Pagnotta ... Massimo's Father

Paul Hopkins ... Hunky Pilot
Gordon McCall ... Inebriated Man
Ivana Bombardieri ... TV Interviewer

Steve Galluccio ... TV Angelo
Lidia Russon ... TV Maria
Franco Montesano ... TV Gino
Leni Parker ... TV Anna
Suzanna Lenir ... Southern Belle
Tony Tortorici ... Pina's Father

Michael Daniel Murphy ... Anna's Date
Jessica De Marco ... Italian Woman (as Jessica Di Marco)

Victoria Sanchez ... Beautiful Woman
Julie Tamiko Manning ... Woman (help line)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stéphane Archambault ... Cute Man
Giovanna Carrubba ... Italian Psychiatrist #2

Frank Ferruccio ... Waiter
Rodney Lloyd Anthony Kellman
Fanny Labbe ... Hotline operator

Jerry Sprio ... Yolanda's Husband
Claudia Tiseo ... Italian Woman #1
Alan West ... Boy with frisbee
James Berlingieri ... Fabio (uncredited)
Johnny Griffin ... Burglar (uncredited)

Gordon Masten ... Beer-Bellied Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Émile Gaudreault 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Galluccio  play
Steve Galluccio  screenplay
Émile Gaudreault  screenplay

Produced by
Daniel Louis .... producer
Denise Robert .... producer
 
Original Music by
FM Le Sieur 
 
Cinematography by
Serge Ladouceur 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Comeau 
 
Casting by
Lucie Robitaille 
 
Production Design by
Patricia Christie 
 
Set Decoration by
Frédérique Bolté 
 
Costume Design by
Francesca Chamberland 
 
Makeup Department
Christiane Fattori .... key makeup artist (key makeup artist)
Emilie Gauthier .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Francis Choquette .... unit manager
Hélène Grimard .... production manager (as Hélène Gallizzi)
George Jardon .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrice Barrilliet .... third assistant director
Simon Dugas .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Steve Louis .... graphic designer
Annie Regol .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jo Caron .... adr foley recordist (as Jocelyn Caron)
Denys Dufresne .... mixing assistant
Gavin Fernandes .... sound re-recording mixer
Gavin Fernandes .... sound
Marie-Claude Gagné .... sound editor
Marie-Claude Gagné .... sound
Claude La Haye .... sound
Philippe Pelletier .... sound re-recording mixer
Louis Piche .... boom operator
Bruno Ruffolo .... adr recordist
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
 
Special Effects by
Guillaume Murray .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Patrick Faille .... digital artist
Mario Rachiele .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Martin Williams .... stunt rigger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrice Houx .... gaffer
Jan Mark Lapointe .... key grip
Alfonso Maiorana .... additional camera operator
Eric Morin .... first assistant camera: a
Geoffroy St-Hilaire .... steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Mike Migliara .... extras casting
Bruno Rosato .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Marie-Hélène Bourget .... assistant on-line editor
Marc Lussier .... colorist
 
Music Department
François Arbour .... score mixer
François Arbour .... score recordist
Roger Hewett .... conductor: orchestra
 
Other crew
Maggy Belzile .... production accountant
Karim El Fassi .... key set production assistant
Alessandro Gallizzi .... production assistant
Christian Gravel .... HD/film process supervising assistant
Maryse Lesage .... production coordinator
Brian O'Donnell .... production assistant
Denis Proulx .... medic
Paul Rogic .... photo double for mark camacho (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and sexual situations
Runtime:
88 min | Canada:92 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:99 min | Argentina:92 min | UK:85 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Continuity: 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:
Anna:[on the phone with Nino] Nino, it's Anna. My mom just told your mom... head for the hills!See more »
Movie Connections:
References My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Will SurviveSee more »

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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Non ce male! (That means you'll like it), 6 June 2003
Author: bxc85 from Almaty Chamber of Commerce

As an east end, English speaking Montrealer not of Italian origin but always among Italians, this film struck a chord with me. It's about a perpetual outsider named Angelo, played by Luke Kirby (his acting skill is phenomenal; casting directors, take note, his face is so expressive that words fail in attempting to describe it, a real cinema actor). This hilarious film is about Angelo's trials and tribulations, striving to find his voice as a writer while the worlds around him, both old and new, are more earthbound and mundane. His parents (portrayed by Paul Sorvino and Ginette Reno) rise above stereotypes and seem quite believable (believe me, I know). The gay issue, which meant that the screening I attended in St. Leo was mainly young women whose boyfriends couldn't be dragged to a movie about "salsicce-eaters," was dealt with a tact and humility that is rare in even supposedly pro-gay films and TV shows. Angelo is a man who likes men, but so what? He feels pain, he loves, and he yearns; he's not some camp stereotype, nor is he some quirky sidekick with no personal problems. His sister Anna (also well played by Claudia Ferri) could have a whole movie to herself, with her constant battles with the parents' leaving her a valium-popping mental car wreck. Then there is Nino, Angelo's boyfriend. He struggles with his identity too (gay cop isn't exactly as popular a job as systems analyst), and is in some respects more complex a character than Angelo. However, he is not the focus of the movie.

Though the trailers make this look like a vain attempt to make a Canadian/Italian answer to the visually much duller My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this is not the case. Playwright Steve Gallucio collaborated on the screen version with director Emile Gaudrealt, ensuring faithfulness to the excellent original while ensuring that the film has a definite cinematic flair. The colours are are as vivid as the characterisations, the only drawback in the latter being that there are not too many Italians in the principle cast. Mary Walsh, though quite funny and recognizable to the 2 or 3 Canadians who actually watch the CBC, is definitely not Sicilian.

That being said, the movie has far fewer limitations than strengths. It has funny moments, and it has daringly dark moments. I don't want to give away too much, as I want as many people to see this as possible. My only real complaint is that the parents' house in St. Leo didn't have a statue of the Virgin Mary out front. All in all, please watch this film.

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