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Ciao America (2002)

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An Italian-American travels back to his ancestors land to coach a colorful team in Italy's fledgling American Football League. A beautiful young girl forces him to face the same decision as his immigrant grandfather 70 years earlier.


Frank Ciota


Joseph A. Ciota





Credited cast:
Eddie Malavarca Eddie Malavarca ... Lorenzo Primavera
Maurizio Nichetti ... Giulio Fellini
Violante Placido ... Paola Angelini
Nathaniel Marston ... Skip Cromwell
Anthony DeSando ... Frank Mantovani
Giancarlo Giannini ... Zi' Felice
Paul Sorvino ... Antonio Primavera
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reynold 'Rene' Alexander Reynold 'Rene' Alexander ... Referee
Vittorio Amandola ... Prof. Angelini
Vincenzo Amato ... Bongo
Giancarlo Baldini Giancarlo Baldini ... Lamberto
Marco Basile Marco Basile ... Giova
Michele Bertelli Michele Bertelli ... Massimo Ferrarese
Primo Boarin Primo Boarin ... Man knocked off bike
Vanni Borghi Vanni Borghi ... Train conductor


Filmed mostly in Italy, "Ciao America" is the story of Lorenzo Primavera an unsettled, third generation Italian American whose search for his place in the world leads him back to the land of his ancestors. In the small town of Ferrara, Italy, Lorenzo finds work coaching American-style football in the fledgling Italian Football League. It's a league where everyone can kick but no one can catch. While coaching, Lorenzo falls in love with Paola Angelini, a headstrong, young music student who forces him to face the same decision as his immigrant grandfather some seventy years earlier. Written by Anonymous

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He went to Italy in search of his past... what he found was his future.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, a scene of sexuality and some drug use

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Sweet and surprisingly comic gem.
3 September 2002 | by mdpisarikSee all my reviews

Using a rather standard story the filmmakers infuse this great little movie with a great deal of personal touches and comedy. More romantic comedies should be as poignant as this one of a young Bostonian as he searches for an identity in his post-college tour of Europe. While clearly an American film set in Italy, it has some of the irony and over-the-top comedy only the Italian influences could lend it. Paul Sorvino lends it a bit of star power but the relative unknowns are great highlighted by the lead and assisted by a great group of local actors, namely the very funny team announcer. When given the opportunity, a must see.

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Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Avellino, Campania, Italy See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,559, 22 September 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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