Avanti!

A sunny black comedy about a stuffy American who meets an overweight Englishwoman on the tourist paradise of Ischia. Each has come to claim the body of a deceased parent - his father, her mother - only to discover that the dead pair were lovers and to find history inexorably repeating itself. The humour (derived largely from un-stereotypical national stereotypes, plus the inexhaustible confusion over luggage, hotel accommodations and bureaucratic red tape) is sometimes a little leisurely, while the camera has a tendency to linger over the travelogue scenery. But any longueurs are more than made up for by the same strangely moving undercurrent of tenderness that Wilder brought to The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Marvellous performances from Lemmon and Mills.

Release details

Duration: 144 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Billy Wilder
Screenwriter: Billy Wilder, IAL Diamond
Cast: Jack Lemmon
Juliet Mills
Clive Revill
Edward Andrews
Gianfranco Barra
Franco Angrisano
Gisel

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Graham Chapman

Jack Lemmon at his best, the location is beutiful and Juliet Mills is stuning.Clive Revill gives a flauless performance this is a must see film

Graham Chapman

Jack Lemmon at his best, the location is beutiful and Juliet Mills is stuning.Clive Revill gives a flauless performance this is a must see film