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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.

Writers:

Anne Piper (novel), Norman Steinberg
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Self
Kurt Adler Kurt Adler ... Self
Emerson Buckley Emerson Buckley ... Self
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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Taglines:

A Glorious Uproarious Love Story.

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Luciano Pavarotti refused to work more than 12 hours a day and refused to work after 8PM. On-set, he insisted that he only be filmed in angles that made him look smaller. He made so many demands that crewmembers began to jokingly call the film "No, Luciano." 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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Rat Race (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Mattinata
by Ruggero Leoncavallo (as Leoncavallo)
Performed by Luciano Pavarotti
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It's best to ignore the reviews that give this a 10--they're all "Kool-Aid drinkers"
24 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

By my "Kool-Aid drinkers" remark, I mean that these are such devoted fans of the man Pavarotti that they make no attempt to objectively rate this film. Giving this a 10 is akin to giving Wally Cox the award for Mr. Universe or putting a velvet Elvis painting in the Louvre!!! When this film debuted, I remember the savage reviews with headlines such as "No, Giorgio" and some said it was among the worst films ever made. This is definitely overstating it as well. While bad and far from a great work of art, there was a lot to like about the film and the movie's biggest deficit was not the acting of Pavarotti nor his girth.

Believe it or not, the brunt of the blame rests solely on the shoulders of the writers (who, I believe, were chimps). It is rare to see a movie with such clichéd dialog or goofy scenes like the food fight, but even they aren't the heart of the problem. The problem is that the writers intend for the audience to care about a "romance" that consists of a horny married middle-aged man and a seemingly desperate lady. Perhaps European audiences might be more forgiving of this, but in the United States in 1982 or today, such a romance seems sleazy and selfish--especially when Pavarotti tells Harrold that he loves his wife and "this is just fun". Wow, talk about romantic dialog!! Sadly, if they had just changed the script a little bit and made Pavarotti a widower or perhaps had his wife be like the wife from a couple classic Hollywood films, such as from ALL THIS AND HEAVEN, TOO or THE SUSPECT (where the wife was so vile and unlikable you could forgive the husband having an affair or even killing her). Instead, she's the loving mother of two kids who waits patiently at home while her egotistical hubby beds tarts right and left--as Pavarotti admits to having had many affairs before meeting Harrold.

Sadly, even the gorgeous music of Pavarotti couldn't save this film. Towards the end of the film, there are some amazing scenes in New York where the set is just incredible and Pavarotti's singing transcendent. For that reason, I think the movie at least deserves a 3. I really wanted to like the film more, but it was a truly bad film--though not quite as rotten as you might have heard.

Sadly, from what I have read, this film might be a case of art imitating life, as Pavarotti's own life later had some parallels to this film, though this isn't exactly the forum to discuss this in detail.


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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)

Gross USA:

$2,279,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,279,543
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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