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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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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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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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Release Date:

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

Angelo: Being gay and Italian is a fate worse than... actually there is no fate worse than being gay and Italian.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

La Fine del Mondo
Written by Steve Galluccio
Music by FM Le Sieur
Performed by Carole Fleury
Courtesy of F.M.L.S. International & Cinémaginaire Inc.
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Funniest film around
11 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is the one film of the year I would recommend to anyone who wants a good laugh. Ignore the po-faced people who did not enjoy it and prepare yourself for an over-the-top stereotypical portrayal of "chaotic yet serene" ethnics in the wrong province in the wrong country. It is well-scripted and well-edited and the timing of the actors and director never fails. If you want to find out about real gay life or Italian Quebeckers, this is not the film to see; it is just an excellent comedy with plenty of gems - and good comedies are few and far between nowadays.


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