Wait Until Spring, Bandini

Wait Until Spring, Bandini

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Directed by Dominique Deruddere
Produced by Christian Charret
Fred Roos
Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay by Dominique Deruddere
Based on Wait Until Spring, Bandini
by John Fante
Starring Joe Mantegna
Faye Dunaway
Burt Young
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Cinematography Jean-François Robin
Edited by Ludo Troch
Distributed by Orion Classics
Release dates
  • 29 June 1989 (1989-06-29) (USA)
Running time
100 min.
Country Belgium
United States
Language English

Wait Until Spring, Bandini is a 1989 film written and directed by Dominique Deruddere, based upon the novel by John Fante. The film received the André Cavens Award for Best Film and won three Joseph Plateau Awards.[1]


The film follows the Bandini family as they struggle through hard times in 1920s Colorado. Unemployed and broke, Svevo Bandini (Joe Mantegna) tries to come up with the money his family needs to make it through the winter, while putting up with his difficult mother-in-law (Renata Vanni), his nervous wife (Ornella Muti), and his three young boys.

Principal cast

Actor Role
Joe Mantegna Bandini
Ornella Muti Maria Bandini
Faye Dunaway Mrs. Hildegarde
Michael Bacall Arturo
Daniel Wilson August
Alex Vincent Federico
Burt Young Rocco
Tanya Lopert Sister Celia
Renata Vanni Donna Toscana
Jean-Louis Sbille Bank Employee


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