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A Wake in Providence (1999)

R | | Comedy | 12 May 2015 (USA)
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When Anthony's African-American girlfriend Alissa meets his Italian-American family at his grandfather's funeral, confrontations, confessions, and a hilarious race to the altar ensue!


Rosario Roveto Jr.





Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Pagano ... Anthony
Victoria Rowell ... Alissa
Mike Pagano ... Frankie
Adrienne Barbeau ... Aunt Lidia
Lisa Raggio ... Claudia
Billy Van Zandt ... Louie
John Mariano ... Brunie
Mark DeCarlo ... Vinnie
Jane Milmore ... Patty
Kaye Kingston Kaye Kingston ... Gram Baldassarre
Louis Guss Louis Guss ... Uncle Guy
Micole Mercurio ... Aunt Elaine
Sam Coppola ... Uncle Joe
Magda Harout Magda Harout ... Aunt Alma
John Capodice ... Uncle Sal


Going back home can be hard, particularly when you come from a traditional Italian family, and especially when the girlfriend you bring back is not Italian. But the roof caves in when she's African American. This is the problem that Anthony faces when he brings Alissa from Los Angeles to his boyhood home of Providence, Rhode Island to attend his grandfather's funeral. Written by Weissman/Delson Communications (with permission)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content






Release Date:

12 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost Married See more »

Filming Locations:

Providence, Rhode Island, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,018, 17 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$402,805, 19 February 2006
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References Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Performed by Jerry Vale
Courtesy of Paramount Music Corporation and Four Jays Music Publishing Company
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So funny from a Providence native
16 August 2010 | by aprillathanSee all my reviews

Loved the local scenes and Victoria Rowell is a favorite. Some silly stuff but that made it funny. Very much like the true families of home. Live in NC now and Mom and I enjoyed every minute. The story is like Guess who's coming to Dinner and the native scenes of Camille's and D'Angelo's bring back fond memories of great food and fun. The movie is 11 years old but I had never heard of it before. Watched it on Encore on directv and loved it. I am sending links to friends in RI to look for it so they can enjoy the silliness. I would recommend it to anyone in the new england area familiar with Providence as well as anyone who enjoys mixed family situations. Please check it out and if you can travel to RI please go to Camille's for dinner - it's the best in the city.

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