Married to the Mob (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  19 August 1988 (USA)
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An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife seeking to start her life over after her husband's murder and who is also pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Lazar ...
Captain Haggerty ...
'The Fat Man'
Marlene Willoughby ...
Mrs. 'Fat Man'
Frank Aquilino ...
Angela's Hairdresser
Jason Allen ...
Tony Russo, Jr.
Diane Puccerella ...
Three-Card Monte Victim
Suzanne Puccerella ...
Three-Card Monte Victim
Anthony J. Nici ...
Joey de Marco


Angela deMarco is unhappily married to high Mafia member Frank deMarco. When Frank is killed, Angela takes the opportunity to break free of the Mafia world entirely and start a new life. But Frank's boss, Tony Russo, begins to court the unresponsive Angela. The FBI begins surveillance on her, thinking her to be his new mistress. FBI agent Mike Downey goes undercover as Angela's neighbor, but soon finds himself attracted to Angela himself. Written by Reid Gagle

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Angela always wanted to give marriage a shot. See more »


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Release Date:

19 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casada con la mafia  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$21,486,757 (USA)

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Did You Know?


This film features four actors who would later have roles in another Jonathan Demme-directed film, The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Charles Napier, who plays Angela's hairdresser, would later play Lt. Boyle in "Silence"; Paul Lazar, who plays Tommy, would play Pilcher (the entomologist); Chris Isaak, who plays the Clown, would play the SWAT Commander; and Tracey Walter, who plays Mr. Chicken Lickin', would play Lamar. See more »


At one point you can see that Angela has leg warmers on under her dress. They are not there in the long shots of the same scene. See more »


Angela de Marco: Cheers to elevators. You meet the nicest people in them.
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The phrase "a luta continua" appears at the end of the final credits. These words mean "the fight continues" in Portuguese. See more »


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Great fun!
23 July 2006 | by (CT) – See all my reviews

Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Modine are a joy to watch in this screwball comedy. Alec Baldwin, who was an up and coming star when the film was made, is a hoot. Dean Stockwell, in a sendup of John Gotti, is hysterical. But Mercedes Ruehl, as the paranoid and over the top Connie steals the movie.

Jonathan Demme, previously known for wacky comedies like "Something Wild" and "Melvin and Howard"-proves once again that he is a genius. I was not surprised at all when he went on to win the Oscar for directing "Silence of The Lambs." The performances he evokes from his actors in "Married" are inspired, and the audience is taken along for a wild and wooly ride.

One of the cutest, most endearing films of the 80's, it stands head and shoulders above many of the satires of its era.

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