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Avanti! ()


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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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Wendell Armbruster, Jr.
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Pamela Piggott
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Carlo Carlucci
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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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Nurse (as Yanti Sommer)
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Nurse
María Rosa Sclauzero ...
Hostess
Melù Valente ...
Hostess (as Melu' Valente)
Aldo Rendine ...
Rossi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno Alias ...
Man at Airport (uncredited)
Sergio Bruni ...
Singer Sergio Bruni (uncredited)
Pasquale Campagnola ...
Police commissioner (uncredited)
Lella Cattaneo ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Nestore Cavaricci ...
Male Nurse (uncredited)
Enrico Cesaretti ...
Man at Airport (uncredited)
Armando De Martino ...
Alberto Trotta (uncredited)
Giorgio Dolfin ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Andrea Esterhazy ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Ferruccio Fregonese ...
Man at Aiport (uncredited)
Ettore Geri ...
Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Armando Giovagnoli ...
Baron Von Schmetterling (uncredited)
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Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Margherita Horowitz ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Silvio Klein ...
Man at Airport (uncredited)
Alba Maiolini ...
Woman at Airport (uncredited)
Giuseppe Marrocco ...
Commissionaire (uncredited)
Anna Maria Perego ...
Woman at Hotel (uncredited)
Luigi Scavran ...
Sommelier (uncredited)
Pupita Lea Scuderoni ...
Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Maria Tedeschi ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Giuseppe Terranova ...
Commissionaire (uncredited)
Bruno Tocci ...
Police Escort (uncredited)
Sandra Wolff ...
Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Lidia Zanussi ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Directed by

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Billy Wilder

Written by

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Samuel A. Taylor ... (play "Avanti!") (as Samuel Taylor)
 
Billy Wilder ... (screenplay) and
I.A.L. Diamond ... (screenplay)

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Morris Jacobs ... producer: stage production
Richard Rodgers ... associate producer: stage production
Jerome Whyte ... producer: stage production
Billy Wilder ... producer
Jack Lemmon ... executive producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Luigi Kuveiller ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Ralph E. Winters

Editorial Department

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Claudio M. Cutry ... assistant editor (as Claudio Cutry)
Bobbie Shapiro ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Isa Bartalini

Art Direction by

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Ferdinando Scarfiotti

Makeup Department

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Adalgisa Favella ... hair stylist
Franco Freda ... makeup artist
Harry Ray ... makeup artist: Mr. Lemmon

Production Management

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Ennio Onorati ... unit manager
Peter Shepherd ... unit manager
Alessandro von Norman ... production manager (as Alessandro von Normann)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Rinaldo Ricci ... assistant director

Art Department

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Nedo Azzini ... set dresser
Osvaldo Desideri ... assistant art director
Lamberto Verdenelli ... property master

Sound Department

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Basil Fenton-Smith ... sound recordist
Bill Varney ... sound re-recordist (as William Varney)
Frank E. Warner ... sound editor (as Frank Warner)
Primiano Muratori ... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Terry Sharratt ... boom operator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Sergio Coletta ... head electrician
Sergio Emidi ... head grip
Paul Ronald ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca ... wardrobe supervisor (as Annalisa Nasalli Rocca)

Music Department

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George Brand ... music editor
Gianfranco Plenizio ... conductor (as Gianfranco Plemizio)
Carlo Rustichelli ... music arranger

Other crew

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Yvonne Axworthy ... script supervisor
Mario Damicelli ... aerial shots
Nella Garozzo ... publicist
Raffaele Mottola ... dialogue coach (as Rae Mottola)
Chuck Painter ... publicist
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Plot Summary

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 »
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Also Known As
  • Che cosa è successo tra mio padre e tua madre? (Italy)
  • Avanti, Avanti! (Germany)
  • ¿Qué ocurrió entre mi padre y tu madre? (Spain)
  • ¡Avanti... amantes a la italiana! (Uruguay)
  • Avanti - kom ind! (Denmark)
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Runtime
  • 144 min
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Budget $2,750,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 The five Wall Street Journal copies on the table are all the same date. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Jerry Maguire (1996). See more »
Soundtracks Senza Fine See more »
Quotes Carlo Carlucci: In Italy, the lunch hour is from one to four.
Wendell Armbruster: *Three hours* for lunch?
Carlo Carlucci: Mr. Armbruster. Here we do not rush to drugstore for chicken sandwich & Coca-Cola. Here, we take our time. We cook our pasta, we sprinkle our Parmigiano, we drink our wine, we make our love...
Wendell Armbruster: What do you do in the evening?
Carlo Carlucci: In the evening, we go home to our wives.
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