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Avanti! (1972)

A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Samuel A. Taylor (play) (as Samuel Taylor), Billy Wilder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Wendell Armbruster, Jr.
Juliet Mills ... Pamela Piggott
Clive Revill ... Carlo Carlucci
Edward Andrews ... J.J. Blodgett
Gianfranco Barra ... Bruno
Franco Angrisano Franco Angrisano ... Arnoldo Trotta
Pippo Franco Pippo Franco ... Mattarazzo
Franco Acampora Franco Acampora ... Armando Trotta
Giselda Castrini Giselda Castrini ... Anna
Raffaele Mottola Raffaele Mottola ... Passport Officer
Lino Coletta Lino Coletta ... Cipriani
Harry Ray Harry Ray ... Dr. Fleischmann
Guidarino Guidi Guidarino Guidi ... Maitre D'
Giacomo Rizzo Giacomo Rizzo ... Barman
Antonino Faà di Bruno Antonino Faà di Bruno ... Concierge (as Antonino Faa' Di Bruno)
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Storyline

Baltimore industrialist Wendell Armbruster crosses paths with London shop girl Pamela Piggott when they come to Ischia to pick up the bodies of her mother and his father, who have been killed in an automobile accident after a ten-year summertime affair. Straitlaced Wendell tries to avoid a scandal while free-spirited Pamela is impressed by the romantic setting. After some confusion with the bodies and a blackmail attempt by unscrupulous locals, Wendell and Pamela extend their parent's affair into the next generation. Written by alfiehitchie

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The violins are playing, the champagne is flowing, the girl is beautiful...and your wife is in Baltimore. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

17 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Avanti! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,750,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,482
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After Marcello Mastroianni had turned down the role of Carlucci, Billy Wilder tested both Nino Manfredi and Romolo Valli for the part. However, he worried that their accents would be too strong for American audiences and cast the New Zealand-born Clive Revill after the actor (whom he had recently directed in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)) happened to call him on the telephone. Revill had played a Russian in his earlier Wilder film and had also played an Italian quite recently in The Assassination Bureau (1969); Wilder recalled his facility for languages and his skill at accents (he had also played both an Arab and a Scot in Modesty Blaise (1966), an American in A Fine Madness (1966) and another Russian in both Fathom (1967) and The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) in the recent past) and hired him at once. See more »

Goofs

The five Wall Street Journal copies on the table are all the same date. See more »

Quotes

Wendell Armbruster: [as Pamela strips at the seaside] Miss Piggott! Please keep in mind that it's Sunday, and this is a Catholic country!
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References Oh! Calcutta! (1972) See more »

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Senza Fine
Written by Gino Paoli
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A bittersweet masterpiece
15 May 2007 | by zebulonguySee all my reviews

So much has been said about the plot of Avanti it seems pointless to go over the synopsis again- but I can say although I am a lover of Horror films, Thrillers and Westerns- it is Avanti that is my favourite film of all time.Avanti is gorgeous to look at and features a beautiful music score. How I wish I could obtain a soundtrack of this delightful score. The scene when Pamela Pigott ( Juliet Mills ) tours the city on a horse drawn carriage and later running from her new found admirers is beautiful with the music so perfect.Also when Pamela and Wendell ( Jack Lemmon ) have their evening meal together , it is again a beautiful music score. Jack Lemmon as the bombastic Wendell Armbruster is as always great. Juliet Mills as Pamela Pigott looks far too gorgeous to be ridiculed by Armbruster but she shines in her finest ever role. However for me the film is stolen completely by Clive Revill as the hotel manager- what a sublime performance. Watch his every movement, his every expression, his delivery of every line.It is a captivating performance, totally exquisite. Clive Revill is an actor sorely neglected by the film world.Billy Wilder's film is so very neglected and it's a pity as this is the perfect film. Watch the beautiful, poignant sequence at the mortuary as Pamela and Wendell view the bodies of their mother and father respectively. And again watch Clive Revill alongside Lemmon and Mills- acting with only movement, expression and not a word. The lighting in this scene is so wonderful, it is dark and depressing with the exception of a shaft of sunlight penetrating the smallest of windows. Wilder manages to wring excellent portrayals out of even the most minor of characters. Watch Avanti and savour the acting, the music and the scenery.


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