During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.
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
The Helicopter landing place at the end of the movie is not at Ischia, but at neighbor island of Capri, the nearby lighthouse is the Faro De Carena. The "H" for Helicopter landing was simply painted on a parking ground. See more »
When they meet at the municipal morgue, Pamela is holding a bunch of flowers. When asked what they are she replies "tromboncini - daffodils". The film takes place during July 15th to August 15th, when daffodils are not in season (this would be the spring). It is implied that the flowers are fresh (the silver foil at the bottom to keep them fresh and stop water dripping), but they are obviously artificial. See more »
I have to admit that I am usually more into movies like Fight Club or Lord of the Rings and so I watched Avanti only because there was really nothing else on TV and I was too lazy to put in a DVD.
And then something magic happened: I got totally sucked into this movie, up to the point that I had tears in my eyes in the final scene.
Jack Lemmon has always been a great actor, but in this movie he's absolutely awesome. Juliet Mills is beautiful, charming and Clive Revill as omnipresent hotel director with dozens of relatives is simply hilarious.
And the story... Well, if you didn't believe in love before, then Billy Wilder shows you that it really does exist - and that it does not matter who you are and where you come from. Only the moment counts.
Don't make the mistake to ignore this jewel just because it might be a bit older or because you think romantic comedies are just for girls. This movie has everything cinema is about and I thank Billy Wilder for creating it.
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