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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.

Director:

Émile Gaudreault

Writers:

Steve Galluccio (play), Steve Galluccio (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Kirby ... Angelo Barberini
Ginette Reno ... Maria Barberini
Paul Sorvino ... Gino Barberini
Mary Walsh ... Lina Paventi
Peter Miller Peter Miller ... Nino Paventi
Claudia Ferri ... Anna Barberini
Sophie Lorain ... Pina Lunetti
Tim Post ... Peter
Tara Nicodemo ... Yolanda / Woman in Airplane / Jolene
Pierrette Robitaille ... Rosetta
Dino Tavarone ... Giorgio
Mark Camacho ... Johnny Christofaro
Michel Perron Michel Perron ... Father Carmignani
Lou Vani ... Marco
Diane Lavallée ... Mélanie
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

It's BIGGER... It's FATTER... It's not GREEK... and there'll only be a wedding over mama's dead body! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual situations | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mambo italiano See more »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Gino Barberini: What can I get for you?
Lina Paventi: My husband has been dead for eighteen years. What I need you can't offer cause you're married.
Gino Barberini: We make special arrangement. What do you say Maria, we help out a friend?
Maria Barberini: [looks at him reproachfully, then turns to Lina] You're better off with your memories.
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Connections

References My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Return to Me
Written by Daniel Di Minno and Carmen Lombardo
Used by permission of Peermusic International/Peermusic Canada Inc.
Back vocals by Julie Leblanc and Catherine Léveillé
Produced by FM Le Sieur
Performed by Adam Broughton
Arranged by F.M.L.S. International & Cinémaginaire Inc.
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One thinks it's easy to be gay in Canada - and is mistaken!
4 September 2006 | by karhukissaSee all my reviews

Unlike some other commentators, I knew nothing about this film except it's a comedy about gay men. So I didn't expect much, but got all the more! First of all, I was glad to see that the main character was neither the classic handsome Hollywood macho, nor a feminine gay man but just an average-looking young guy. The other guy does look more cliché, but then he's the one who ends up in the closet, feeling guilty about being gay. The acting is superb throughout the film.

Someone commented that it's not all that funny. Well, it's true - coming out and breaking up with family or your lover are always painful, and I don't like films which ignore this side of the story. If you're deeply touched by Angelo's story, then it has performed the task such films, I think, are supposed to do: to make the audience more sensitive to gay people's issues. At the same time, though, it's pretty funny - just like your own coming out is often funny looking back. The confession scene is hilarious, and I laughed my heart out at the gay helpline scene - working for a GLBT helpline myself, I can assure you: this is just as distorted as the image of the Italian community. (We could use that scene for training purposes, though: what not to do...)


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