Bella Mafia (1997)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  16 November 1997 (USA)
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When Sofia marries into a Mafia family, she doesn't know what she's getting into. When her husband, all her brothers-in-law, and her father-in-law are murdered by a rival family, Sofia, her... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Luciano
Moyra Luciano
Teresa Scorpio Luciano
Rosa Luciano
Anthony Moreno
Mario Domino
Vito Giancamo
Michael Hayden ...
Michael Luciano
Constantino Luciano
Fredrico Luciano
Tony Maggio ...


When Sofia marries into a Mafia family, she doesn't know what she's getting into. When her husband, all her brothers-in-law, and her father-in-law are murdered by a rival family, Sofia, her mother-in-law and her sisters-in-law swear to get revenge upon the family. Written by Elise Taylor

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Hell hath no fury like the women of... [Bella Mafia]


Crime | Drama

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »





Release Date:

16 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bela Mafia  »

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(2 parts) | (short)

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1.33 : 1
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In the scene where Sofia has Lucas tied to the chair he does not have the necklace on. However, in a later scene she discovers the necklace on him. See more »


Giorgio Corolla: [referring to the gun in Luka's hands] Where in God's name did you get that, Luka?
Luka: Where we get everything... Mail order! Charged to your Papa. Now tell me about the poisons. Stricknai... Nice word... Like music!
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Enjoyably ridiculous
16 December 2011 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It was the summon of a bevy of beauties, led by the superb Vanessa Redgrave that caught my attention. To have THEM as the mob bosses was both intriguing, sexy and a bit different.

The colour's turned up too high, you hardly ever feel that this family is connected and the accents are well dodgy. The blatant way murder plots are carried out so amateurishly is astounding - you don't really go into a court, visibly bribe the security, announce that the gun is under a seat and then show the thing! Yes, we know it's there, we're not blind or stupid! Then, when you shoot someone but miss and someone else finishes the job off for you, you DON'T get let off scott free.

Despite that, this Mafia tale for the Jilly Cooper parade (is that too harsh?) is not without its moments. Jennifer Tilly, to me, is always very watchable and Denis Farina as Redgrave's husband actually looks and plays the part. He's been in 'proper' Mafia flicks, you know!

I did lose interest a bit two-thirds in and lost count of the bodies and who was doing what to whom. I didn't really care. But for a winter's afternoon viewing as the wind and rain was howling, it provided very amiable entertainment indeed.

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