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Avanti! (1972)



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An uptight businessman travels to Italy where he falls in love with the daughter of his late father's mistress.

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Jack Lemmon
as Wendell Armbruster, Jr.
Juliet Mills
as Pamela Piggott
Clive Revill
as Carlo Carlucci
Edward Andrews
as J.J. Blodgett
Franco Angrisano
as Arnold Trotta
Francesco Angrisano
as Arnold Trotta
Pippo Franco
as Mattarazzo
Franco Acampora
as Armando Trotta
Raffaele Mottola
as Passport Officer
Lino Coletta
as Cipriani
Harry Ray
as Dr. Fleischmann
Guidarino Guidi
as Maitre D'
Janet Agren
as First Nurse
Yanti Somer
as Second Nurse
Maria Rosa Sclauzero
as First Hostess
Melu Valente
as Second Hostess
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Critic Reviews for Avanti!

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

The audience is literally distanced from the action while at the same time encouraged to identify with it, which gives the whole exposition an almost diagrammatic quality.

March 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Marvellous performances from Lemmon and Mills.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Avanti! isn't a laugh-a-minute kind of a movie, and it's too long by maybe half an hour.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Gentle and touching satirical drama with Lemmon on form but without much bite.

February 13, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Intermittently funny, charming, cute and, unfortunately, over-long.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

This 1972 release is the most underrated of all Billy Wilder comedies and arguably the one that comes closest to the sweet mastery and lilting grace of his mentor, Ernst Lubitsch.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Avanti!


Jack Lemmon is a one note rich and ugly American over in Italy to see about the interment of his father, unexpectedly dead while on vacation. Juliet mills is (unfortunately) the one note European sex goddess in Italy on a similar mission. it plays somewhat better than it sounds, but not by much as there is little real chemistry between the leads, mills throwing herself at lemmon inexplicably until he inexplicably relents. meh.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Avanti! is the first Jack Lemmon film that I was slightly irritated by, it's incredibly drawn out and could have been condensed to a much more watchable length. The actual plot of the dark comedy is quite a funny situation, but isn't as good as other Lemmon films.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Another funny comedy with Jack Lemmon falling in love in Italy. Again he is directed by Wilder, and the result is a good comedy. If you're a fan of either of them, check out this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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