Yes, Giorgio

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Yes, Giorgio
Original movie poster
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
Produced by Peter Fetterman
Written by Anne Piper
Norman Steinberg
Music by Michael J. Lewis
Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp
Edited by Michael F. Anderson
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • September 24, 1982 (1982-09-24)
Running time
110 min.
Language English
Budget $19,000,000
Box office $1,368,588 (US)[1]

Yes, Giorgio is a 1982 musical/comedy film starring Luciano Pavarotti, his only venture in film acting. Michael J. Lewis provided the original music for the film with cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp. The film is based on the novel by Anne Piper and is rated PG in the United States.


Luciano Pavarotti plays a world famous Italian tenor opera singer by the name of Giorgio Fini. While in New York City for a concert Fini gets a phone call asking him to perform at The Met. The call brings up bad memories from his disastrous appearance there seven years earlier to where he cannot sing at rehearsal. Everyone panics thinking he is losing his voice.

His business manager Eddie Albert has a female throat specialist Pamela Taylor, played by Kathryn Harrold, to look Fini over. She immediately detects the problem is psychological not physical. Taylor makes up a serious sounding name for the condition and gives Fini a shot to cure it (which she reveals to Fini's business manager is harmless vitamin B12). After reacting to the prick of the needle, Fini instantly gets his voice back.

Fini is immediately physically attracted to Taylor, and even though he is married with two children, she agrees to go out on a dinner date. After later spending a romantic week in San Francisco and the wine country the two eventually fall in love, but because Fini refuses to leave his wife, Taylor throws him a kiss and leaves The Met while Fini is singing Nessun Dorma to her.

Main cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The song "If We Were in Love" was written by John Williams for the movie, and was nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Song and nominated for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture by the Golden Globes. Pavarotti was nominated by the Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Actor and Worst New Star as well as a nominee for Worst Screenplay for Norman Steinberg.


Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert selected the film as one of the worst of the year in a 1982 episode of Sneak Previews.[2]


  1. ^ "Yes, Giorgio - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Sneak Previews: Worst of 1982

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