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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.

Director:

Frank Ciota

Writer:

Joseph A. Ciota

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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
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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Great Film
20 December 2005 | by mckay-anSee all my reviews

"Ciao America" is a wonderful film-a story of true romance, family, tradition, and tough choices. The chemistry between Lorenzo and Paola is unmistakable and Lorenzo's sacrifices and tough decision for the woman he loves is both compelling and inspiring. I particularly enjoyed the scenes of Italy's beautiful country side. The location offers the viewer a glimpse of life in Italy and the culture it consists of. In addition, Lorenzo's difficult endeavors with the football team were both hilarious and entertaining. Violante Placido (played Paola's role) was impressive- she is a beautiful and talented young actress. I was impressed with the Ciota brothers talent- I have passed the movie on to my sister who also loved the film. As an avid film watcher, I eagerly anticipate their next film! Contrary to "truth teller" the film is definitely worth your time and money!


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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Avellino, Campania, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,559, 22 September 2002

Gross USA:

$54,965

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,965
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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