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Married to the Mob (1988)

An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife, who is trying to restart her life following her husband's murder while being pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Lazar ...
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'The Fat Man'
Marlene Willoughby ...
Mrs. 'Fat Man'
Frank Aquilino ...
Conductor
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Angela's Hairdresser
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Rose
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Theresa
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Phyllis
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Jason Allen ...
Tony Russo, Jr.
Diane Puccerella ...
Three-Card Monte Victim
Suzanne Puccerella ...
Three-Card Monte Victim
Anthony J. Nici ...
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Storyline

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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19 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casada con la mafia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,486,757 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

So many scenes didn't make it into the movie that Jonathan Demme decided to place them at the end during the credits, to retell the story. See more »

Goofs

Around 1.21 in two goons join Downey at the bar, he introduces himself as Frank Smith. When he's shown into the honeymoon sweet one goon says this is Mike Smith. See more »

Quotes

[after doing a hit on a commuter train]
Tommy: How these people do it every day?
"Cucumber" Frank de Marco: It's like fuckin' sardines!
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the end credits are outtakes edited from the movie and different angles of scenes that were in it. Director Demme said he was trying to recreate the movie with the last part of the credits-where 'Angela' and 'Mike' chase each other and dance around the steps of the NYC Supreme Court building being a coda. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Married to the Blob (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Zazueira
Written by Jorge Ben Jor (as Jorge Ben)
Performed by Pe De Boi
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Still on my list of all-time favorites, after all these years!
15 September 2004 | by (Beautiful Buffalo, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a fun movie with subtle intention. Its off-beat comedy is hilarious to me, unfunny to my friends. The soundtrack is perfect.

I own this on VHS and I have watched it many, many times, because it's simply a fun and funny love story with great performances by all the principals (though using Joan Cusack solely as a perch for big hair was a waste of her talent. I know, I know, she was still young...).

On a sad note, I decided to check out the DVD last night (instead of watching my VHS tape), and was SHOCKED to find many crucial scenes cut. And on the copy I watched, there was no special feature of deleted scenes: it was as if the deleted scenes never existed!! I am so glad I bought the used VHS at a flea market.

It is clear there was a great deal of choreography in this, which is another reason I love it so much. It takes great skill, talent, and genius to move around the scenes like Mercedes Ruehl, Dean Stockwell, and Matthew Modine do from scene to scene (Note the scene when the grocery carts converge, the rolling on the floor during the shoot-out in Miami, the Chicken Lickin' debacle, the foot massage, the salon hair-washing.) There is a very "theatrical" feel to this film, which may be the turn-off for so many whose poor reviews follow: I know some viewers who don't quite understand this style mistake the exaggerations and over-the-top performances for poor acting and worse direction. Not so. Jonathan Demme does a great job bringing to life the entire company and their respective roles.

The opening credits and first scene rank among my all-time favorites, as well (another favorite opening credits/first scene: Fly Away Home).

Too bad Matthew Modine so ardently skipped out of the public eye; I really like him, and found his casting PERFECT in the role of Mike Smith. Actually, this film is well-cast from soup to nuts: everyone is believable and true to his role. As for the question of expecting audience to accept Pfeiffer and Stockwell as Italians - why not? I thought they pulled it off perfectly well.

Charming, fun, exciting... what is there not to like? If you want a little fun, watch this quirky, colorful adventure-mob-love story. If you are looking to learn more about organized crime and families, tune to HBO's The Sopranos.


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