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Escapade in Florence (1962)

Annette Funicello , Tommy Kirk , Steve Previn  |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk
  • Directors: Steve Previn
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • Run Time: 81.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FP5X2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Annette is a student studying art, and Tommy discovers an old painting underneath one of her paintings. He believes it to be an original piece of art, and tries to convince his friends that it's not an old copy. But Tommy discovers a secret behind the painting, and gets caught in the middle of an elaborate forgery scheme.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun family film with Annette Funicello June 13, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
THE STORY: Tommy Carpenter (Tommy Kirk) is a scooter riding American student studying architecture in Florence, Italy touring the city when he runs into Annette Aliotto (Annette Funicello) an American art student. Annette sings in the evenongs at a local Inn. Tommy determines to buy one of her paintings when she will not pay attention to him, but accidentally mixes his painting with another in a plain brown wrapper at an art store. This begins a mystery that leads to the teens investigating an art forgery ring responsible for stealing famous paintings in Florence and replacing them with clever fakes. While investigating the crooks they are discovered and the chase is on. Fun family film, especially for those that are Annette fans.

BEHIND THE SCENES & TRIVIA: Harry Tytle was a producer that worked for Walt Disney, and he was assigned to Europe to head up many of Walt's international studio projects for a number of years. This film is shot completely on location in Florence, Italy instead of a back lot at an American studio. In Tytle's autobiography, he mentions watching some American film crews struggle with their budget as every bit of equipment and personnel was shipped from the states at great expense, while Disney used local crews, local actors when possible, local equipment, costumes, make-up and hair stylists, and props that kept their costs low.And Disney felt the locals were very talented, which they were. The decision to film on location pays off visually as the Italian scenery, buildings, streets, fountains, and cars all contribute to the film. Walt had wanted to film a featurette on the famous annual horse race in the town square of Siena, so the race is prominently featured in the climax of the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming Tommy & Annette vehicle; a rare gem November 27, 2012
Format:VHS Tape
ESCAPADE IN FLORENCE (1962) was one of several enjoyable assignments for Disney's teen stars Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk. Their teamings were always particularly special, and to this day, their co-starring films (including the popular "Merlin Jones" titles and "The Shaggy Dog") are amongst the best of the classic live action 'Walt-era' canon.

The plot of ESCAPADE IN FLORENCE is slight but padded out with enjoyable Annette musical numbers and some slapstick chases. Tommy Carpenter (Kirk) is a student of architecture on scholarship in Florence, who accidentally runs his bright-red Vespa into Annette Aliotto (Funicello), a feisty young art student who lives with an aunt and uncle in their Trattoria and sings there (naturally) in her spare time.

After taking an interest in one of Annette's paintings, he becomes suspicious when he is prevented from buying it from the tourist store where it is for sale. Pretty soon, he uncovers why - Annette's paintings (and all the other students' works from her academy) have original masterpieces elaborately concealed underneath them! Tommy, Annette and their friends now must outwit an art forgery ring (run by Ivan Desny).

Originally intended as a special 2-part episode of the "Disneyland Wonderful World of Colour" TV series, ESCAPADE IN FLORENCE was released theatrically in the United Kingdom, Australia and other foreign markets. A kind of 'Junior Miss' "Rome Adventure", the film has developed a reputation as one of Annette's rarer titles because of it's relative unavailability on home video since it's 'Neon Mickey' VHS release in 1985-86. I'd love for Disney to have included it in their (apparently now discontinued) Treasures series, perhaps teamed with the other Annette/Tommy "Disneyland" special "The Horsemasters". Guess my VHS copy will have to last for a few more years.

Recommended for Annette and old-school Disney fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Italia-Annette October 8, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Well, you know that I will never give anything less than 5 Stars to any project that includes Annette Funicello, especially now that she is no longer with us.

This is a little comedy-drama that takes us on location to Florence, Italy where Annette plays an Italian girl named.. Annette! She is an art student studying in Florence. One day, a clumsy American, played by Tommy Kirk, knocks her down with his Vespa and she is less than charmed by him. Tommy, however, is quite taken with Annette. He finds a compact that she has dropped and tracks her down. Soon, the two become aware of an art-theft ring...

If we were talking about Cary Grant and Sophia Loren directed by Alfred Hitchcock, we would probably have a Cinema Classic here, still, it's a fun cute little family movie, something that's hard to find anymore. There are lots of sight gags and the Italian and English actors are quite capable.

Annette, at about age 21, is gorgeous, with an hourglass figure, flashing brown eyes and shoulder length dark hair. Her clothing is conservative, form-fitting and all the while still stylish for 1962.

Annette sings her hit "Dream Boy". Nino Castelnuovo sings "Bella, Bella Florence" and the company (including Annette) even sing an aria.

Somebody make a pizza and sit back and enjoy this Disney classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Annette's escapade January 20, 2012
By Tatdude
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This review is for a great Disney family film classic that is a rare find on vhs these days, the acting is well done and the fun plot keeps you guessing, if you are a Disney film or Annette Funicello fan, I highly recommend this 1960's classic the will entertain you and your family.
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