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Mambo Italiano (2003)

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The son of Italian immigrants to Canada struggles to find the best way to reveal to his parents that he's gay.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Angelo Barberini
... Maria Barberini
... Gino Barberini
... Lina Paventi
Peter Miller ... Nino Paventi
... Anna Barberini
... Pina Lunetti
... Peter
... Yolanda / Woman in Airplane / Jolene
... Rosetta
... Giorgio
... Johnny Christofaro
Michel Perron ... Father Carmignani
... Marco
... Mélanie
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Angelo Barberini is the oddball son of Italian immigrants Gino and Maria, who inadvertently ended up in Canada rather than the States. Angelo shocks his parents by moving out on his own without getting married, and shocks them further still when he reveals that he's gay. But his boyfriend, policeman Nino Paventi isn't as ready to come out of the closet -- especially not to his busybody mother, Lina. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Things change. Family doesn't. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexual situations | See all certifications »
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19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mambo italiano  »

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Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$734,570, 21 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,239,558, 7 December 2003
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Trivia

Both the film and the play (which the film is based upon) are based on Steve Galluccio's own life and experiences. See more »

Goofs

In two shots, the Italian flag is shown back to front. On the television, and on the computer monitor the Italian flag is shown as red, white, and green. The colors of the flag are green, white, and red. See more »

Quotes

Peter: Angelo, if you can't have compassion for yourself, how you gonna have it for others?
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References My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) See more »

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Montreal Italiano
Written by Adam Broughton, Deanne Dompierre, Steve Galluccio & FM Le Sieur
Music by FM Le Sieur
Performed by Adam Broughton
Courtesy of F.M.L.S. International & Cinémaginaire Inc.
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100% entertainment & 100% gay positive
15 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw a preview session of the Canadian romantic comedy Mambo Italiano last night (15th Oct '03) and this really is one of the very best gay themed films I've seen - and equally well suited to both a young and older audience.

I went to the preview because it had a gay theme - but quickly realised there's a lot more on offer - and a great deal of the film is about family and tradition. It's made with absolute honesty in regard to it's gay content, and as such is neither opportunistic nor preachy.

Mambo Italiano successfully avoids all likely clichés with a beautifully crafted script, first class acting and some of the best editing I've seen in any motion picture. And it looks spectacular - verging on surreal.

I thought it was wonderful that the predominantly young and mixed (and presumably straight) crowd all laughed, swooned, sobbed and cringed - although not all at the same time - proving that there are a lot of angles to this film which will appeal to a very broad audience.

Mambo Italiano is the best time I've had in a movie theatre in the last couple of years - and it thoroughly deserves commercial success.

I like that the TV adverts are give none of the film away, in fact understating how good it really is. You'll be surprised - it's the sort of film you'd love to see twice.

"Gayline" telephone counsellors around the globe will have to forgive one aspect of the plot (the lack of adequate training before going on-line), but they'll get a kick out of the fact that they're a key plot line.


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