Avanti (1972) – A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father’s body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.
Director: Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Sunset Boulevard)
Release Date: December 17, 1972
Domestic Box Office: $15 million
Top 5 Cast:
- Jack Lemmon as Wendell Armbruster Jr.
- Juliet Mills as Pamela Piggott
- Edward Andrews as Mr. Armbruster
- Gianfranco Barra as Man at Train Station
- Franco Fabrizi as Hotel Manager
“I’m a man of simple tastes. I get easily bored. I like to keep my life simple.” – Wendell Armbruster Jr.
- “A witty, charming, and touching comedy.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
- “A delightful film that is sure to please fans of Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon.” – The New York Times
- “A funny, heartwarming, and ultimately moving film about love, loss, and self-discovery.” – Entertainment Weekly
- “A classic romantic comedy that is still as fresh and funny today as it was when it was first released.” – The Washington Post
- “A must-see for fans of classic cinema.” – The Los Angeles Times
Cinematic Importance: Avanti (1972) is a classic romantic comedy that is still as fresh and funny today as it was when it was first released. The film is a masterclass in witty dialogue and physical comedy, and it features two of the most iconic actors of the 20th century, Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills. Avanti! is a must-see for fans of classic cinema.