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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 »

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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Wendell Armbruster: [moving his face close to hers] Permesso?
Pamela Piggott: Why don't you just make a contribution to your favorite charity?
Wendell Armbruster: [firmly] *Permesso.*
Pamela Piggott: Avanti.
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Connections

References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

A Tazza E' Café
Written by Giuseppe Capaldo (as G. Capaldo) and Vittorio Fassone (as V. Fassone)
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Why does no one make movies like this anymore?
22 August 2010 | by yamxt600See all my reviews

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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