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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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Taglines:

When someone knocks on your door and says permesso?...be careful before you say Avanti! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

At the end of the movie, after the helicopter takes off, Pamela and Mr. Carlucci are shown walking and their shadows are on their right side and barely as long as they are tall, as if the sun is nearly overhead. The next shot is from the helicopter looking down at them and their shadows are behind them and at least 20 feet long, as if the sun is low in the horizon. See more »

Quotes

Pamela Piggott: [Talking about her ex-boyfriend] The bastard walked out on me. Stole my telly, two Picasso posters, and my hair dryer. Moved in with some skinny girl in Kensington... When I found out, would you believe I tried to kill myself?
Wendell Armbruster: No!
Pamela Piggott: Yes. I took my week's salary, bought myself a suitcase full of fish and chips and a dozen bottles of Guinness stout, and tried to eat myself to death. Took them hours to pump my stomach out.
Wendell Armbruster: Was it worth it, for a guy like that?
Pamela Piggott: It was stupid. But I've learned my ...
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Edited into Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Core 'Ngrato
Lyrics by Riccardo Cordiferro (as Cordiferro) and music by Salvatore Cardillo (as Cardillo)
Performed by Sergio Bruni
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Funny but overlong comedy set on IItalian scenarios by the genius Billy Wilder
9 September 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This amusing motion picture deals with a rich businessman named Wendel Ambruster , a frenzied Jack Lemmon , heads to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's corpse , dead while on vacation , only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing. The dyspectic businessman discovers daddy has been romancing a mistress these many years ago and he finds himself falling in love with the woman's daughter . Later on , the stuffy millionaire is seduced by Italian lifestyle and the charms of an attractive Juliet Mills .

Enjoyable , too long and fun-filled comedy which neatly combines humor , mirth , entertaining situations and amusement . Based on playwright by Samuel Taylor , being well adapted by Billy Wilder and his usual I.A.L. Diamond . Magnificent performances from Jack Lemmon as angst-ridden middle-aged man and Juliet Mills more relaxed and enticing than ever . Furthermore , a splendid secondary cast as a Clive Revill and Edward Andrews who have never been better ; plus a variety of Italian support cast who makes sympathetic interpretations . Colorful and shimmer cinematography under continental sunshine filmed on location in Amalfi Coast , Sorrento , Naples , Campany , Italy . Emotive and lively musical score full of Italian songs and Mediterranean sounds by Carlo Rustichelli . This is a fine film but inferior to Wilder's former works ; it belong his last period when realized nice though unsuccessful movies as ¨Buddy buddy¨,¨Fedora¨ , ¨Front page¨and ¨Secret life of Sherlock Holmes¨. Rating : Good , though overlength but still completely entertaining .


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