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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 »
1 win & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Trivia

Though it isn't mentioned in the movie one of the main reasons Montreal has such a large Italian community is that the province of Quebec, where Montreal is located, was one of the main ports of entry for immigrants to Canada for most of the 19th and 20th centuries. 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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Soundtracks

I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris, Freddie Perren
Universal-Polygram International Publishing Inc.
On behalf of itself and Perren-Vibes Music
Performed by Cake
Courtesy of Volcano Entertainment III, L.L.C.
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Very entertaining and fun!
30 December 2006 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a second generation Italian immigrant having to come to terms with the drastic consequences of coming out of the closet.

This film is unlike any other film I have seen. It is very fast paced, each subplot don't last for more than 1 minute. There is a lot of self narrative. It also shows intersecting events and scenes of relevant characters, which is unusual for a comedy.

The sets are visually rich and appealing, and are always colourful and carefully constructed. The character development is great, and we care about the characters in the film. The script is excellent. The neurotic sister is hilarious. The arguments of the parents are very lively and funny, and are entertaining to watch. The costumes are nice and trendy, but not over the top.

In summary, this film is a lot of fun, very entertaining, humorous, visually appealing, and there is something for everyone! The only gay scene is a half a second kiss, which certainly will not hinder its crossover appeal to the mainstream. This film deserves more recognition than it gets!


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Official Sites:

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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:

CAD5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$406,651, 8 June 2003

Gross USA:

$6,253,026

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,638,258
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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