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MGM releases of classic Billy Wilder films continues with the 1972 effort Avanti! Presented on DVD with a crisp color transfer, the film's original widescreen image is intact, as are the original promotional trailers. Closed-captioning rounds out the disc's features.
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Overview

MGM releases of classic Billy Wilder films continues with the 1972 effort Avanti! Presented on DVD with a crisp color transfer, the film's original widescreen image is intact, as are the original promotional trailers. Closed-captioning rounds out the disc's features.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English mono, French mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Overlooked and underrated, Avanti! may be late Billy Wilder, but it still sports his inimitable touch (even with the uncharacteristically salty language and nudity). Scripted by Wilder and longtime collaborator I.A.L. Diamond, Avanti! covers familiar Wilder/Diamond comic territory with its story of uptight rich American Jack Lemmon finding more than he bargained for, particularly in the person of overripe Brit Juliet Mills, while on an emergency trip to Europe. Sardonically clear-eyed about the compromises of life and romance, Avanti!'s love story is also sweetly wistful as Lemmon and Mills reenact their parents' Italian pas de deux, complete with a humorous skinny dip at dawn. Wilder keeps it all moving with aplomb, yet takes the time to let the glorious Ischia locations work their seductive charms. Clive Revill provides superb support as the scheming hotel manager, while Pippo Franco's one scene as an Italian coroner elevates bureaucratic efficiency to an art form. Though not as renowned as such prior Lemmon/Wilder/Diamond classics as The Apartment (1960) and Some Like It Hot (1959), Avanti! is well worth a look.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • UPC: 027616887610
  • Original Release: 1972
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:24:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Wendell Armbruster
Juliet Mills Pamela Pigott
Clive Revill Carlo Carlucci
Edward Andrews J.J. Blodgett
Gianfranco Barra Bruno
Franco Acampora Armando Trotta
Lino Coletta Cipriani
Raffaele Mottola Passport Officer
Antonio Faa di Bruno Concierge
Francesco Angrisano Arnold Trotta
Yanti Somer Nurse
Pippo Franco Mattarazzo
Giselda Castrini Anna
Harry Ray Dr. Fleischmann
Guidarino Guidi Maitre D'
Giacomo Rizzo Barman
Janet Agren Nurse
Aldo Rendine Rossi
Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director, Producer, Screenwriter
I.A.L. Diamond Screenwriter
Basil Fenton-Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Luigi Kuveiller Cinematographer
Carlo Rustichelli Score Composer, Musical Arrangement
Ferdinando Scarfiotti Art Director
Frank Warner Sound Editor
Ralph Winters Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. New York-Rome Exchange [4:31]
2. Main Title/Identity Issues [4:42]
3. "Eulogy, First Draft" [2:03]
4. Italian for Beginners [6:18]
5. Apologies and Formalities [8:16]
6. Same Time Every Summer [7:12]
7. The Coolest Place in Town [11:33]
8. Love in Perfect Polaroid [4:54]
9. Bad News, Worse News [1:12]
10. Playing It Caldo [2:50]
11. Their Parents' Footprints [4:53]
12. Kate and Willy in the Sun [8:33]
13. The Trotta Family Racket [1:49]
14. Like Two Baby Seals [3:44]
15. Coffee, News, Extortion [5:26]
16. A Chambermaid Scorned [11:27]
17. Miss Piggott's Island Tour [8:11]
18. Carlucci Takes Charge [3:00]
19. Amorous Assumption [3:37]
20. Lunchtime in Ischia [:32]
21. Love Across Class Lines [3:44]
22. The State Department Calls [10:48]
23. The Dead Attaché [2:28]
24. End Credits [4:48]
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Side #1 --
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   Scenes
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A forgotten treasure

    Avanti is a classic comedy that seems to have slipped under the radar. It simply hammers you with one laugh and one smile of admiration after another -- partly from the situations in which the main characters find themselves, but mostly the wonderful dialogue from all the characters. It harks back to the days when the fine use of the English language and twists of plot were depended on for entertainment -- rather than foul language and steamy sex. In fact, its modest use of sexual tension and some innocent nudity help make the film unforgettable. I kept thinking about this film for weeks after seeing it on cable in 2007. I wondered why I hadn't heard of it before. Lemmon is simply outstanding, and the rest of the cast is not far behind. You may be left with the desire to book a flight to Naples and take the ferry over to Capri as soon as possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Full of Surprises

    Very enjoyable movie. Something is always happening to keep you watching. Sometimes action, sometimes romance, sometimes sex.

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