Avanti! (1972)

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Director: Billy Wilder
Actors: Jack Lemmon, Edward Andrews, Clive Revill, Juliet Mills, Gianfranco Barra, Franco Angrisano, Pippo Franco, Franco Acampora, Giselda Castrini, Antonino Faa Di Bruno, Raffaele Mottola, Harry Ray, Giacomo Rizzo, Lino Coletta, Guidarino Guidi

In this hilarious, lighthearted comedy from acclaimed writer/director Billy Wilder and screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond (The Apartment), a wealthy American discovers romance and the meaning of avanti while in Italy. Nominated for six Golden Globes – winning one – this "honey of a film" (Boxoffice) is as delightful as the Wilder/Diamond/Jack Lemmon classics Some Like It Hot and Irma La Douce!

American businessman Wendell Armbruster (Lemmon) is summoned to Italy after a car accident claims the lives of his father and his father’s secret mistress! And when the mistress’ daughter (Juliet Mills) also arrives – and the bodies of both of their parents disappear – the two instant foes are brought together in a baffling mystery…and an affair of the heart!

Status: Unavailable
Run time: 140mins
Origin: ITALY
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Member Reviews (5)

Art S.
Jack Lemmon stars again for Billy Wilder as a harried corporate exec who discovers that his suddenly deceased father had been having a regular summer affair with Juliet Mills's mother (working class Brits). Although a little dated, the movie can easily charm you -- and this may be the magic of the Italian locations, the romantic music, and the typically wry wit. Imdb tells me that Juliet Mills starred in a short-lived sitcom called Nanny and the Professor which rings some distant bells. But I don't think she was nude in that (nor was Jack Lemmon). Probably this is a tad bit too long, but it does move along at a fair clip. Those looking for the real bite of earlier Wilder will likely find he's gone soft, but there are still a few funny cross-cultural barbs.
Posted Sunday, 12 May 2013 See my other reviews
Jan M.
Delightful. They don't make them like they used to.
Posted Thursday, 15 May 2008 See my other reviews
John D.
Posted Friday, 9 November 2007 See my other reviews
Glenis M.
Nice little movie with humour romance and comedy. Lovely scenery in Italy as well. Anyone who loves the old movies would love this one.
Posted Monday, 6 November 2006 See my other reviews
Russell B.
Posted Tuesday, 9 May 2006 See my other reviews