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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 ... 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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It's not a democracy, it's a family 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

Pina: Me, I can convert anybody. Give me an hour in the Gay Village and there's not gonna be a Gay Village no more! Hai capito?
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Connections

References Dynasty (1981) 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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Not bad
15 August 2003 | by charmedgirl81See all my reviews

When I went to see this movie I was expecting it to be more funny. Instead, the only thing that came out of it was the drama that the characters go through when they find out that Angelo is gay and he's been sleeping with his childhood best friend. As an Italian myself from Montreal, I always get asked by other people if that is the way Italian 'famiglia' is like (slap up-side the head, parents being on your case 24/7 and people trying to fix you up with someone you can't stand even from 3000 miles away) the answer is YES, YES and YES, that's the way it REALLY is...now get over it already!

The poster for this movie calls it "The Comedy of the Summer" or if you've seen it in french "La Comedie de L'ete", don't be fooled, it's not all THAT funny. Expect to see lots of drama in it.

My rating for this movie out of 5 is: ***1/2


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