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Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife (1987)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 18 January 1987
Fashion designer Marian falls in love and marries attorney Edward. Her idyllic romance and marriage are shattered when she learns that Edward is the son of a powerful and feared mafia ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Moran
Lou Di Luca (as Tony Franciosa)
Carmine Caridi ...
Uncle Sal
John Lavachielli
Mama (as Rhoda Genignani)
Santos Morales
Mary Ann Pascal
Josh Williams
William Hubbard Knight
Khorshield MacHalle ...
(as Khorsheid MacHalle)


Fashion designer Marian falls in love and marries attorney Edward. Her idyllic romance and marriage are shattered when she learns that Edward is the son of a powerful and feared mafia family. Edward's family begins to impose its illegal and dangerous activities upon Marian and her friends. When her best friend is murdered after confronting Edward's family, she wants out and begins to fight against the family's ominous power and reach. Written by PetrinaC <cubit@aol.com>

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18 January 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Godfather's Wife  »

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26 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a routinely scripted made-for-tv drama, with rather predictable characters and situations.

There's nothing particularly fresh in understanding that it's tough being the wife of a mobster, even when she enters into a marriage not knowing all about her spouse.

That said, there's something compelling about this production, and it's the quality of the acting. Joe Penny, who kept busy during the 80s limning both good 'n' bad guy roles, shines in the lead. Penny, former member of an "elite acting student circle" of Lee Strasberg, knows something about his craft, and executes solid work.

Likewise grown up "Laura" from "Little House on the Prairie," Melissa Gilbert, projects growing discouragement as the sad wife, learning what she married into. Eileen Brennan is seen as senior spouse willing to "blow the whistle" and talk to authorities (Brennan's certainly come a long way from "Little Mary Sunshine"!).

And finally the familiar Tony Franciosa shows up in a law enforcement role, rounding out a dedicated cast. In the end, one may not learn much having watched this piece, but there's a lot to be appreciated in the intense no-nonsense performances by this strong group of New York acting pros.

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