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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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Things change. Family doesn't. 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title is also the title of a famous Italian song. Strangely enough, the song itself is nowhere to be heard during the entire film. See more »

Goofs

When Gino and Maria visit the cemetery, Maria says that her sister was 33 when she died, but the dates on the tombstone are 1960-1987, which would make her 27. See more »

Quotes

Angelo: Cry, Ma. Cry. Because I'm like Pa, I want to inflict my pain on all of you. It's stronger than my guilt right now. So cry. Cry over your ingrate son, over your dead sister... or your stupid, worthless life.
Anna: Angelo, that's enough!
[slaps him in the face]
Angelo: And there we have it. The slap. The end to the quintessential Italian melodrama.
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Soundtracks

Mambo Mambo
Music by FM Le Sieur
Arranged by Roger Hewett
Performed by Carole Fleury
Courtesy of F.M.L.S. International & Cinémaginaire Inc.
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Pleasantly Suprising
1 November 2003 | by ScoHo1982See all my reviews

I decided to see this film because I had nothing else to do. I wasn't expecting much more than gay stereotypes and ridiculous humor. However I discovered just the opposite.

I have heard comparisons to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", but the only similarity I see is in the stereotypical presentation of nationalities. However, these stereotypes aren't offensive, but more so delightful and some what sweet.

Angelo (Luke Kirby) is presented with just enough humor, but more so just enough heart that it makes the character beleiveable. For once gays are not presented as obnoxious drag queens or someone dying from AIDS. In fact, the two latter factions are not even present in the film. Instead it focuses on one mans humorous journey of self discovery in both relations to his family, partner, and his own sexuality.

At the end of the film, you leave feeling very happy. Sure everything turned out for the best in the end, but sometimes we need films like this to remind just how fun and quirky life can be at times.


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