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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wendell Armbruster, Jr.
... Pamela Piggott
... Carlo Carlucci
... J.J. Blodgett
Gianfranco Barra ... Bruno
Franco Angrisano ... Arnoldo Trotta
Pippo Franco ... Mattarazzo
Franco Acampora ... Armando Trotta
Giselda Castrini ... Anna
Raffaele Mottola ... Passport Officer
Lino Coletta ... Cipriani
Harry Ray ... Dr. Fleischmann
Guidarino Guidi ... Maitre D'
Giacomo Rizzo ... Barman
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 »

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

17 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Avanti, Avanti!  »

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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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Trivia

Billy Wilder wanted the hero's father's long-running affair to have been with a male bellhop at the hotel; studio executives dissuaded him. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film when Carlo Carlucci gets out of the hotel van to greet Wendell Armbruster Jr at the boat landing, a young boy walking with a women enters the scene from the right side and he is clearly waving at the camera. See more »

Quotes

J.J. Blodgett: Maybe it's one of those Greek islands?
Helicopter pilot: No sir, Greece is way to the left.
J.J. Blodgett: Not as long as I am with the State Department!
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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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A lot of sophisticated fun.
11 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie is somewhat long, especially if you watch it on TV with commercials, but it stays fresh and you never want it to be over. Jack Lemon at first is such a prig you wonder that Juliet Mills will ever have anything to do with him, but of course all ends well, with Lemon providing the comic focus. My favorite line in the movie occurs when the valet Bruno has been attempting to blackmail Lemon with nude pictures of his father. Lemon, not knowing Bruno has just been killed by his mistress complains to the manager, and ends by saying Bruno should be shot. The manager assures him that it has already been taken care of. What Service!


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