Mambo Italiano (film)

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Mambo Italiano
Mambo italiano.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Émile Gaudreault
Produced by Daniel Louis
Denise Robert
Screenplay by Steve Galluccio
Émile Gaudreault
Based on Mambo Italiano 
by Steve Galluccio
Starring Luke Kirby
Claudia Ferri
Peter Miller
Paul Sorvino
Ginette Reno
Mary Walsh
Music by FM Le Sieur
Cinematography Serge Ladouceur
Edited by Richard Comeau
Distributed by Equinox Films (Canada)
Samuel Goldwyn Films (US)
Release date(s)
  • May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13) (Cannes)
  • June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03) (Canada)
Running time 88 minutes[1]
Country Canada
Language English
Box office US$6,253,026[2]

Mambo Italiano is a 2003 Canadian comedy-drama film directed by Émile Gaudreault. The screenplay was written by Gaudreault and Steve Galluccio, based on Galluccio's theatrical play by the same name. Both the play and the film are based on Galluccio's own life and experiences.


Angelo Barberini is the oddball son of Italian immigrants Gino and Maria, who inadvertently ended up in Canada rather than the United States of America. Angelo shocks his parents - and his sister, Anna - by moving out on his own without getting married, and, shortly after that, shocks them further still when he reveals he is gay. But his boyfriend (and childhood best friend), policeman Nino Paventi, isn't as ready to come out of the closet - especially not to his busybody Sicilian mother, Lina.


  • Luke Kirby as Angelo Barberini
  • Claudia Ferri as Anna Barberini
  • Peter Miller as Nino Paventi
  • Paul Sorvino as Gino Barberini
  • Ginette Reno as Maria Barberini
  • Mary Walsh as Lina Paventi
  • Sophie Lorain as Pina Lunetti
  • Tim Post as Peter
  • Tara Nicodemo as Yolanda/Woman in Airplane/Jolene
  • Pierrette Robitaille as Rosetta
  • Dino Tavarone as Giorgio
  • Mark Camacho as Johnny Christofaro
  • Michel Perron as Father Carmignani
  • Lou Vani as Marco
  • Diane Lavallée as Mélanie


Mambo Italiano received mixed to negative reviews, currently holding a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the consensus states: "A broad, shrill comedy that plays like a sitcom."[3] On Metacritic, the film has a 41/100 rating, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[4]

Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert gave the film a modest two stars and refers to the film "in convenience" as "My Big Fat Gay Wedding".[5]


Galluccio went on to create the sitcom Ciao Bella, which explored similar themes of culture clash that are examined in this film and the play it was based upon. Claudia Ferri, who played Angelo's sister Anna in Mambo Italiano, played the lead role in Ciao Bella.


  1. ^ "MAMBO ITALIANO (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2003-09-29. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  2. ^ Mambo Italiano at Box Office Mojo Retrieved October 10, 2012
  3. ^ Mambo Italiano at Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved October 10, 2012
  4. ^ Mambo Italiano at Metacritic Retrieved October 10, 2012
  5. ^ "Mambo Italiano :: :: Reviews". Roger Ebert. Chicago Sun-Times. 2003-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 

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