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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 »
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I Laughed More Watching This Film Than I Have At Anything In Months 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)
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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
 
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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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:
Angelo:Cry, Ma. Cry. Because I'm like Pa, I want to inflict my pain on all of you. It's stronger than my guilt right now. So cry. Cry over your ingrate son, over your dead sister... or your stupid, worthless life.
Anna:Angelo, that's enough!
[slaps him in the face]
Angelo:And there we have it. The slap. The end to the quintessential Italian melodrama.
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Soundtrack:
La Fine del MondoSee more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
I Laughed More Watching This Film Than I Have At Anything In Months, 1 July 2007
Author: jzappa from Cincinnati, OH, United States

Maybe it's because I come from Italian heritage that I find this film so funny. I honestly think I laughed out loud during this film one of the highest amounts I've ever belly-laughed during a movie. And you know how you laugh later on in a movie when nothing funny is going on because the thought of something hilarious that happened earlier is still stuck with you? Well that happened plenty of times to me here. I believe that it's because the Southern Italian and Sicilian in me both find fat Italian men to be perhaps the funniest group of people in the world. They are not simply funny because they know how to tell a joke, or they know how to pull off a good pratfall, but more because all you have to do is look at them, and they can make you burst out laughing. There is a scene where Paul Sorvino and Ginette Reno, whom I believe plays his wife, sit close together on a small bench in a cemetery facing the camera, and I suddenly started laughing. They look funny. They don't look weird. They just look like the first thing they say or do is going to make me laugh like a hyena.

Every scene for the first half of the film, literally every single one, contains something explosively funny to me, and they are mostly consisting of native Italians speaking rough English with thick Italian accents and fulfilling stereotypes of ardent cultural traditions. Hands down, the scenes that made me cackle so hard I thought my friend watching it with me was going to slap me for the unreasonable sound that can cause me to make were the scenes that depict what Italian families are like when the son moves out.

Mambo Italiano is also a surprise, because really it doesn't look that good. On the cover of the DVD case, you see a bunch of characters in some comical motion lined up across the cover, and you feel like you could pretty much guess completely what their service to the story is. Well, you'll be vaguely right, but if it wouldn't surprise you too much for me to say this at this point, it's a very poignant film about growing up as a homosexual surrounded by conflicting influences and pressure. The film will actually make you angry at society and the reality of what friends and family can end up doing to you in your life. But it's riotous fun.

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