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Lady Liberty (1971)

La mortadella (original title)
Maddalena and Michele fall in love in Italy in the 1960s, while working at a meat factory in Emilia stormed by the workers' protest, but their love can't be, because he is married and Italy... See full summary »

Director:

Mario Monicelli

Writers:

Renato W. Spera (story), Leonard Melfi | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Maddalena Ciarrapico
William Devane ... Jock Fenner
Gigi Proietti ... Michel Bruni
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll ... Dominic
David Doyle ... O'Henry
Danny DeVito ... Fred Mancuso
Susan Sarandon ... Sally
Robert Glaudini ... Georgie
William J. Daprato William J. Daprato ... Pasquale (as Bill Daprato)
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Maddalena and Michele fall in love in Italy in the 1960s, while working at a meat factory in Emilia stormed by the workers' protest, but their love can't be, because he is married and Italy has no divorce. So she persuades him to move to the U.S., and joins him four years later, bringing a Mortadella (sort of salami, processed pork anyway) as a present. But Customs do not allow processed meat to enter the U.S., so she is held at JFK airport but refuses to give in (she indeed is a very strong woman). In the meantime, she discovers the truth about Michele and a few things about the US. Written by <minavagante@ciaoweb.it>

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Can a girl from a little sausage factory in Italy find romance and happiness in a pizzeria in New York?

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

23 December 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Liberty See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Edward Herrmann's film debut. See more »

Connections

References What's the Matter with Helen? (1971) See more »

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Gabriel's Mother's Hiway
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The sausage may have been delicious, but this film stinks....
15 November 2001 | by mark.waltzSee all my reviews

Sophia Loren isn't bad to look at in this comedy about an Italian girl coming to America to meet up with her fiance, and is stopped in customs for trying to get a mortadella (pig sausage) through. She is upset by her fiance's attitude towards what she considers a stupid law, and thus ends up sitting in customs while a reporter (William Devane of "Knot's Landing" fame) builds public interest. She tells her story to a sympathetic customs worker, and before you know it, she is a media darling.

This is a bad comedy with good intentions; It is one of those 70's comedys that went against convention, but in a day when all sorts of danger can be transported overseas, the idea of customs officers even considering letting Loren through seems ridiculous. There are some interesting moments, particularly the tape recording of a song Loren sings with flashes of her Italian past flashing by. Future stars like Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito (as a congressman!), David Doyle (of "Charlie's Angels" fame), and Devane add some curiosity to this comedy curio, but that's about it. Loren would have been better off going an "I Love Lucy" route, and just eaten the damn thing! (Come to think of it, she did....)


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