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Yes, Giorgio (1982)

A famous opera singer, Giorgio Fini, loses his voice during an American tour. He goes to a female throat specialist, Pamela Taylor, whom he falls in love with.

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Anne Piper (novel), Norman Steinberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luciano Pavarotti ... Giorgio Fini
Kathryn Harrold ... Pamela Taylor
Eddie Albert ... Henry Pollack
Paola Borboni ... Sister Theresa
James Hong ... Kwan
Beulah Quo Beulah Quo ... Mei Ling
Norman Steinberg ... Dr. Barmen
Rod Colbin Rod Colbin ... Ted Mullane
Kathryn Fuller Kathryn Fuller ... Faye Kennedy
Joseph Mascolo ... Dominic Giordano
Karen Kondazian ... Francesca Giordano
Leona Mitchell Leona Mitchell ... Herself
Kurt Adler Kurt Adler ... Himself
Emerson Buckley Emerson Buckley ... Himself
Alexander Courage Alexander Courage ... Conductor, Turandot
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Storyline

A famous opera singer, Giorgio Fini, loses his voice during an American tour. He goes to a female throat specialist, Pamela Taylor, whom he falls in love with. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A Glorious Uproarious Love Story.

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

24 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sí, Giorgio See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,000, 27 September 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,279,543
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti had wanted to do a feature film with a romantic theme. See more »

Quotes

Giorgio Fini: Pamela, you are a thirsty plant. Fini can water you.
Pamela Taylor: I don't want to be watered on by Fini.
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Alternate Versions

There is one scene known to have been cut out of the film. When Giorgio has dinner with Pamela at the Copley Plaza, he dances with her and dips her. This scene is present on the color lobby cards for the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Ave Maria
by Franz Schubert
Performed by Luciano Pavarotti
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No, Pavarotti!
1 January 2004 | by brower8See all my reviews

An attempt at crossover to appeal to those who don't appreciate opera, exploiting the fame of one of the greatest opera singers of all time, it fails badly. All that is desirable in this movie is the opera, and one can best find a recording of Pavarotti doing what he does best. The plot revolves around a romance with a doctor who heals his throat which has suddenly become troublesome.

Only because it came out so long ago is it largely forgotten. Like most opera stars, Pavarotti is a decent actor and has stage presence aside from his singing talent, and nothing that he does in this movie negates that opinion. His culpability lies in not rejecting the horrid script. Perhaps because great operas can have silly stories he tolerated this one.

Who knows, except those involved? Do we need to know?

The plot is weak and trite. This movie is like trudging through cold mud to pick off a few juicy tidbits (the opera music) hanging above the mud. We have other ways in which to appreciate the great Pavarotti, and this one isn't one of them. Just get one of his many superb opera or vocal-concert recordings and recognize the master tenor where he is most suited.

It would be one of IMDb's 100 Worst Films if more people remembered it and gave it some votes; it would fit neatly in a list including several efforts of singers, actors, models, and athletes to exploit their popularity through film. Very often it all goes badly wrong due to incompetent acting or a horrible script. Pavarotti would have been a decent actor had he not shown such a superb voice. However effective he is as an actor (opera requires it), not even Jimmy Stewart could have rescued this turkey of a script.

I give it a polite 3 of 10 because someone may have become a fan of Pavarotti's singing and of opera because of this movie.


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