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Avanti! (1972)

A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Samuel A. Taylor (play) (as Samuel Taylor), Billy Wilder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Wendell Armbruster, Jr.
Juliet Mills ... Pamela Piggott
Clive Revill ... Carlo Carlucci
Edward Andrews ... J.J. Blodgett
Gianfranco Barra Gianfranco Barra ... Bruno
Franco Angrisano Franco Angrisano ... Arnoldo Trotta
Pippo Franco Pippo Franco ... Mattarazzo
Franco Acampora Franco Acampora ... Armando Trotta
Giselda Castrini Giselda Castrini ... Anna
Raffaele Mottola Raffaele Mottola ... Passport Officer
Lino Coletta Lino Coletta ... Cipriani
Harry Ray Harry Ray ... Dr. Fleischmann
Guidarino Guidi Guidarino Guidi ... Maitre D'
Giacomo Rizzo Giacomo Rizzo ... Barman
Antonino Faà di Bruno Antonino Faà di Bruno ... Concierge (as Antonino Faa' Di Bruno)
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Storyline

Baltimore industrialist Wendell Armbruster crosses paths with London shop girl Pamela Piggott when they come to Ischia to pick up the bodies of her mother and his father, who have been killed in an automobile accident after a ten-year summertime affair. Straitlaced Wendell tries to avoid a scandal while free-spirited Pamela is impressed by the romantic setting. After some confusion with the bodies and a blackmail attempt by unscrupulous locals, Wendell and Pamela extend their parent's affair into the next generation. Written by alfiehitchie

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The violins are playing, the champagne is flowing, the girl is beautiful...and your wife is in Baltimore. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

17 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avanti, Avanti! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,750,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,300,000, 31 December 1973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,500,000, 31 January 1974
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When recording the eulogy, Wendell says "The evil that men do", and then interrupts himself. This is a quotation from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" (Act 3, Scene II). The full line is "The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones". See more »

Goofs

When Pamela wants to go swimming at sunrise, Wendell's shadow on the pier is way too short for time of sunrise. (At the end of July in Ischia you'd get this kind of shadow around noon and 14:30.) See more »

Quotes

J.J. Blodgett: [as the helicopter is approaching the Ischia heliport] Are you guys sure this is Ischia?
Helicopter pilot: Reasonably sure, sir.
J.J. Blodgett: Because I don't wanna land in Africa!
Helicopter pilot: That would be bigger, sir.
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Connections

References Love Story (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Un 'Ora Sola Ti Vorrei
Words by Umberto Bertini (as Bertini) and music by Paola Marchetti (as Marchetti)
Performed by Sergio Bruni
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Come In! -- And Enjoy an Enchanting Romantic Comedy!
4 October 2004 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon didn't go straight for the belly laughs in this departure from their usual all-out-crazy comedies. Fans of the masters will be pleasantly surprised by this delightful romantic comedy, which captivates the viewer from the very start. Mezmerizing backdrop music plays as though secretly staged by Cupid standing by to assure that lovebirds will find one another. Lemmon plays the son of a mega-wealthy American business man who had to drop everything to fly to Italy in order to claim the father's remains after a car accident. En route to his late father's "final stop", Lemmon runs in to a persistent young woman, who turns out to be the daughter of the woman with whom the father had had a lengthy affair, and who was found lovingly slung around his neck as they both died in said accident.

The situation seems rather awkward at first, but eventually Lemmon and the young woman begin following into the exact same steps their departed parents had done years earlier. The picture is completed by a brilliant supporting cast of hotel personnel and colorful locals. The performance of the multi-talented and ever-present-minded hotel manager was Oscar worthy.

Listening to the testimony of all people asked, Lemmon learns that his late father and his "friend" were viewed as Royalty, nothing less than figures from a fairy tale. The concluding scenes are the final touches to a most enchanting romantic comedy, one that has few rivals in its category. Billy Wilder has done it again. What he missed in big laughs, he made up in many magic moments and gentle pressures to your tear glands. One of the very best out there. Belissima!


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