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Mambo Italiano -- Hard core fun Italian dishes in this class! These are the ones we can never get enough of!  Learn to prepare: Fresh Mozzarella with Roasted Peppers on a Bed of Arugula with a Balsamic Drizzle; Polenta Smothered with Homemade Mushroom and Chicken Sausage Ragu; Tiramisu with Marsala Wine and Bittersweet Chocolate.
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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14 nominations See more »
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Not for clueless heteros or over-sensitive Italians 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
Sylvain Dupuis .... camera trainee
Patrice Houx .... gaffer
Jan Mark Lapointe .... key grip
Alfonso Maiorana .... camera operator: "a" camera
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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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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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:
Factual errors: 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 Barberini:Before I go, there is one last thing I want to do.
[Pulls an handful of Pina's hair]
Angelo Barberini:God help us, it's real!
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Soundtrack:
Montreal ItalianoSee more »

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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Not for clueless heteros or over-sensitive Italians, 17 October 2003
Author: pyotr-3 from Washington DC

This very clever and fun little film has had more off-base reviews written about it than any film in history. Way too many reviewers react with horror at - gasp - stereotypical representations of Italians. They neglect the fact that in actual fact the Italian-ness is 100% of the charm and beauty of the film, and that not one of the Italians are not people we have all seen in real life. They also neglect the fact that Italian culture and tradition has seldom looked so good or as real as it does in "Mambo Italiano." The Italian sister is heroic in her actions, and the Italian parents who come around in he end are just like parents of ANY nationality. I really fail to see what all the squawking about "negative stereotypes" is all about.

As a Southerner and as a gay man I know something about stereotyping. All groups get stereotyped. This is not necessarily a bad thing, unless it is the ONLY representation of a group that society ever sees. We all need to see the true diversity of any group. I think we have all seen plenty of other Italians and gay persons now, so we don't have to worry that a viewer will see this movie and assume that all Italians and gay men are like the folks in "Mambo Italiano." But frankly, if they did, I think they would have rather positive images of Italians. Unfortunately they would leave the theater thinking that half of all gay men get married to women in order to hide the fact that they are gay. Luckily I suspect most folks know this is not the case, though it certainly does happen, since society still makes it impossible for some of us to stay in certain professions and be gay at the same time (cops, firemen, coaches, soldiers in the U.S., pro athletes...).

"Mambo Italiano" is hilarious and light-hearted. It is a big mistake to try to read too much into it. Just sit back, relax, and laugh. It is one heck of a clever, funny little film, with a surprise ending. Betcha can't guess how it ends!

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