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Avanti! Quotes

Avanti! is a TV show that debuted in 1970 . Avanti! ended its run in 1970.

It features Billy Wilder as producer, Carlo Rustichelli in charge of musical score, and Luigi Kuveiller as head of cinematography.

Avanti! is recorded in English and originally aired in Italy. Each episode of Avanti! is 140 minutes long. Avanti! is distributed by United Artists.

The cast includes: Juliet Mills as Pamela Piggott, Clive Revill as Carlo Carlucci, Jack Lemmon as Wendell Armbruster, and Edward Andrews as J.J. Blodgett.

Avanti! Quotes

Edward Andrews as J.J. Blodgett

  • (Edward Andrews) "Maybe it's one of those Greek islands?"
  • (Unnamed) "No sir, Greece is wide to the left."
  • (Edward Andrews) "Not as long as I am with the State Department."
  • (Edward Andrews) "What the hell is going on in this country? This wouldn't have in the old days."
  • (Man at the heliport) "You remember Mussolini?"
  • (Edward Andrews) "Are you guys sure this is Ischia?"
  • (Unnamed) "Reasonably sure, sir."
  • (Edward Andrews) "Because I don't wanna land in Africa."
  • (Unnamed) "That would be bigger, sir."

Clive Revill as Carlo Carlucci

  • (Clive Revill) "In Italy, the lunch hour is from one to four."
  • (Jack Lemmon) "Three hours for lunch?"
  • (Clive Revill) "Mr. Armbruster. Here we do not rush to drugstore for chicken sandwich & Coca-Cola. Here, we take our time. We cook our pasta, we sprinkle our Parmigiano, we drink our wine, we make our love --"
  • (Jack Lemmon) "What do you do in the evening?"
  • (Clive Revill) "In the evening, we go home to our wives."
  • (Clive Revill) "Mr. Blodgett, I am Carlo Carlucci, Director of the hotel. Such a pleasure to have you here."
  • (Edward Andrews) "Thank you --"
  • (Clive Revill) "It may interest you to know, we had another famous American diplomat staying here once: Mr. Benjamin Franklin."
  • (Edward Andrews) "Franklin? Oh, oh yes, Ben Franklin -- Well, good man for his time. Of course, today, I'm not sure he could pass the security check."
  • (Clive Revill) "Would you like to see his room? It is in the old part of the building."
  • (Edward Andrews) "Not now --"
  • (Clive Revill) "Excuse me, I would like your advice about something, straight from the horse's mouth. Do you think there will be a war in the Middle East?"
  • (Edward Andrews) "We don't give out that kind of information."
  • (Clive Revill) "You see, I have been offered a job with an American chain of hotels -- the Sheraton. And there are a couple of openings and one of them is in Damascus."
  • (Edward Andrews) "Damascus, hmm -- Now don't quote me on this, but with the Russian presence escalating in the Mediterranean, and the military posture of the Arabs stiffening and the first strike capabilities of the Israelis at its peak, the whole place is a powder keg that could blow up in your face any second. My advice is, forget Damascus."
  • (Clive Revill) "Thank you. In that case I'd better take the other job."
  • (Edward Andrews) "What's that?"
  • (Clive Revill) "The Sheraton in New York."
  • (Edward Andrews) "Hmm -- Take the one in Damascus."
  • (Clive Revill) "The coroner, he eats very well. He knows all the widows."

Juliet Mills as Pamela Piggott

  • (Juliet Mills) "I guess there is something to what it says in the tourist guide."
  • (Jack Lemmon) "What does it say?"
  • (Juliet Mills) "It says Italy is not a country; it's an emotion."
  • (Jack Lemmon) "Well, it's certainly been an experience."
  • (Juliet Mills) "For instance, you need a coffin lined with some sort of metal."
  • (Jack Lemmon) "Zinc."
  • (Jack Lemmon) "Better get a couple of those."
  • (Clive Revill) "I had trouble finding one."
  • (Jack Lemmon) "Come on. You can dig up a couple of coffins."
  • (Clive Revill) "You want second-hand coffins?"
  • (Juliet Mills) "The bastard walked out on me. Stole my telly, two Picasso posters, and my hair dryer. Moved in with some skinny girl in Kennsington -- When I found out, would you believe I tried to kill myself?"
  • (Jack Lemmon) "No."
  • (Juliet Mills) "Yes. I took my week's salary, bought myself a suitcase full of fish and chips and a dozen bottles of Guinness stout, and tried to eat myself to death. Took them hours to pump my stomach out."
  • (Jack Lemmon) "Was it worth it, for a guy like that?"
  • (Juliet Mills) "It was stupid. But I've learned my lesson: No more fish and chips."
  • (Juliet Mills) "Oh, they're a terrific group. They call themselves, "The Four Apostles"; Matthew, Mark, Luke and Bertram."

Jack Lemmon as Wendell Armbruster

  • (Jack Lemmon) "Aagh. Goddamn Ralph Nader. Who asked him."
  • (Jack Lemmon) "Permesso?"
  • (Juliet Mills) "Why don't you just make a contribution to your favorite charity?"
  • (Jack Lemmon) "Permesso."
  • (Juliet Mills) "Avanti."

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