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Macaroni (1985)

Maccheroni (original title)
A businessman from the United States returns to Italy for the first time in four decades, only to discover that old friends have involved him in a massive hoax.

Director:

Ettore Scola

Writers:

Ruggero Maccari (screenplay), Furio Scarpelli (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Robert Traven
Marcello Mastroianni ... Antonio Jasiello
Daria Nicolodi ... Laura Di Falco
Isa Danieli ... Carmelina Jasiello
Maria Luisa Santella ... Door Keeper
Patrizia Sacchi Patrizia Sacchi ... Virginia
Bruno Esposito Bruno Esposito ... Giulio Jasiello
Orsetta Gregoretti Orsetta Gregoretti ... Young actress in theater
Marc Berman Marc Berman ... French record producer
Jean-François Perrier ... French record producer
Giovanna Sanfilippo Giovanna Sanfilippo ... Maria
Fabio Tenore Fabio Tenore ... Pasqualino (the little monk)
Marta Bifano Marta Bifano ... Luisella
Aldo De Martino Aldo De Martino ... Cottone (theater manager)
Tilde De Spirito Tilde De Spirito ... The villain's mistress (as Clotilde De Spirito)
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Storyline

Robert Traven, a dyspeptic, edgy American businessman, arrives in Naples and is received by a friendly but officious local company representative. Exhausted by the pressures and inconveniences of a long flight, he is looking forward to rest and relaxation in his hotel room when he is visited by buoyant and upbeat Antonio Jassiello, a clerk in a bank record room, who is surprised when his old friend from the War does not recognize him. The annoyed and exhausted Traven feels he's being scammed, and the two part on bad terms. Jassiello does leave a photo of Traven and his sister taken 40 years earlier, and the time and the setting seen to stir the American's memory, so he seeks out Antonio to apologize. Jassiello brings him back home to renew acquaintances with his family including his now middle-aged, married sister, Her hospitable husband is friendly and not the least bit jealous, and Traven soon discovers why he has not faded from their memories as they have from his. Antonio has been... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

24 October 1985 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Macaroni See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$119,625, 3 November 1985

Gross USA:

$427,298
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmauro, Massfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Mastroianni had a cute film biz anecdote about this movie, noting that while promoting it in Manhattan he was having dinner at a posh Italian restaurant and the waiter - shaving a truffle over his pasta, motioned to Mastroianni whether he should continue and Marcello nodded yes, repeating "Paramount, Paramount" (the company was picking up the check). See more »

Quotes

Antonio: [Translating for his mother] Life chooses the one who loves her.
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hysterical however predictable
8 May 2002 | by RaquelitaPSee all my reviews

Macaroni follows the renewal of friendship bewtween two men who have not seen each other since WWII. The only not-so-good part of the movie is that it is very predictable. It is never too hard to guess what will happen next. Some may enjoy these types of film however I would rather be challenged!

The wonderful part of this film is the pairing of Lemmon and Mastroianni. They are wonderful together. I have not laughed this hard watching a movie in a long time. Trust me, you will be rolling on the floor. But it is not all fun and games, there is a serious message. Watch it and find out!


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