Avenging Angelo (2002)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  11 August 2004 (France)
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A woman (Madeleine Stowe) who has just discovered she is the daughter of a murdered Mafia chieftain (Anthony Quinn) seeks revenge, with the aide of her Father's faithful bodyguard (Sylvester Stallone).



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A woman who has recently discovered that she is the daughter of Angelo, a major mafia boss, decides to wreak vengeance when he is killed by a hitman. She's aided by his faithful bodyguard, with whom she soon falls in love. Written by Jason

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Her life is his job.

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Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

11 August 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Angelon kosto  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Anthony Quinn's last film. See more »


When Jennifer says to Frankie that an Allieghieri will never bow down, Frankie says he wished he never said that to her. In fact, it was Angelo who told her that in his DVD message. See more »


Frankie Delano: I believe in two things, the kindness of the saints and there's somebody for everybody
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Stowe is Perfection in "Whack-Y" Comedy
13 December 2005 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This film is worth watching for the picture-perfect comic timing of the actress Madeleine Stowe. Her foil is the hang-dog, laid-back Sylvester Stallone, and this film includes some of Sly's finest work in years.

Stowe's character Jennifer is the spoiled daughter of a mafia don; Sly's character Frankie is the trusted bodyguard. From start to finish, there were hilarious moments of comedy delivered primarily by the gifted Stowe.

The script by Will Adis included many inspired bits and take-offs on various mafia films. The funniest sequence is when Jennifer learns the mafia meaning of the word "whack," and she decides to snuff out the aged don who killed her father. A whirlwind romance and wedding follow, and on the fateful wedding night, Jennifer sees to it the old don becomes excited just enough to become a flatliner! Again, the timing, takes, and line deliveries were done to perfection by Stowe.

A recent film entitled "Spanglish" received great acclaim as parody of bourgeois culture in L.A. But that film pales alongside the witty and well-crafted "Avenging Angelo." In fact, "Spanglish" could have benefited from all of the strengths of "Avenging Angelo," including the good scripting, comic set-ups, and, above all, the style evoked by an underrated comedienne like Madeleine Stowe.

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