Angelo My Love

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Angelo My Love
Film poster
Directed by Robert Duvall
Produced by Robert Duvall
Written by Robert Duvall
Starring Angelo Evans
Music by Michael Kamen
Cinematography Joseph Friedman
Edited by Stephen Mack
Lordon Limited
Distributed by Cinecom Pictures
Release date
  • April 27, 1983 (1983-04-27)
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Angelo My Love is a 1983 American drama film about New York City gypsies, directed by Robert Duvall. It was screened out of competition at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  • Angelo Evans as Himself
  • Michael Evans as Himself
  • Ruthie Evans as Herself
  • Tony Evans as Himself
  • Debbie Evans as Herself
  • Steve Tsigonoff as Himself
  • Millie Tsigonoff as Herself
  • Frankie Williams as Himself
  • George Nicholas as Himself
  • Katerina Ribraka as Patricia
  • Timothy Phillips as School Teacher
  • Lachlan Youngs as Student Reporter
  • Jennifer Youngs as Student Reader
  • Louis Garcia as Hispanic Student
  • Margaret Millan Gonzalez as Old Woman


Robert Duvall first saw the lead actor, Angelo, in 1977 when he was 8 years old, having an argument with an older woman on Columbus Avenue that "sounded like a lovers quarrel."[2] The screenplay for Angelo My Love was written by Mr. Duvall, with some dialogue improvised by the gypsy actors, most of whom play themselves.

Besides Angelo are his older brother Michael, his fortune teller mother, his sister Debbie, and his girlfriend Patricia (Katerina Ribraka); his father Tony Evans, from the movie might have been thought to be absent, but is actually in a couple of scenes.


"Angelo is a kind of idealized sum-total of all New York street kids no matter what their ethnic backgrounds. He is physically small but he has such a big, sharply defined personality that he seems to be a child possessed by the mind and experiences of a con man in his 20's. Then, as the movie goes on, one sees Angelo moving from glib, smart-talking self-assurance to childhood tears and back again, all in the space of a few seconds of screen time. This, too, may be part of Angelo's con, but it's also unexpectedly moving as well as funny. Angelo, among other things, is scared of ghosts."[2]

Variety reported that Mr. Duvall spent more than $1 million and five years on the film[3] and that many of the cast, including Angelo, did not read English.

San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles commercial screenings were documented, with a Cinemax cable presentation in 1985.

In popular culture[edit]

The film is frequently mentioned in Anne Rampling's novel Exit to Eden.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Angelo My Love". Retrieved June 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (April 27, 1983), "'ANGELO MY LOVE,' DUVALL TALE OF GYPSIES", New York Times 
  3. ^ Herb (April 27, 1983), "Angelo, My Love (Color)", Variety 

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