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"The Sopranos" Amour Fou (2001)

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The Sopranos: Season 3: Episode 12 -- Inspired by Ralph's tale of how his father got 'made,' Jackie Jr. decides to 'make his move' in organized crime. Reminded by Melfi of the parallels between Gloria and his mother, Tony finds it harder to spend time with his 'crazy love.'


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Original Air Date:
13 May 2001 (Season 3, Episode 12)
Gloria grows increasingly demanding until Tony realizes who she is, and Jackie Jr. ends up in very serious trouble when Chris realizes who he is. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Gandolfini ... Tony Soprano

Lorraine Bracco ... Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Edie Falco ... Carmela Soprano

Michael Imperioli ... Christopher Moltisanti

Dominic Chianese ... Junior Soprano (credit only)

Steven Van Zandt ... Silvio Dante

Tony Sirico ... Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri (credit only)

Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Meadow Soprano

Robert Iler ... A.J. Soprano (credit only)

Drea de Matteo ... Adriana La Cerva (credit only)

Aida Turturro ... Janice Soprano (credit only)

Federico Castelluccio ... Furio Giunta

Robert Funaro ... Eugene Pontecorvo

Joe Pantoliano ... Ralph Cifaretto

Jason Cerbone ... Jackie Aprile Jr.

Andy Davoli ... Dino Zerilli (as Andrew Davoli)

Isaach De Bankolé ... Father Obosi

Sharon Angela ... Rosalie Aprile
Toni Kalem ... Angie Bonpensiero
Maureen Van Zandt ... Gabriella Dante
Dan Grimaldi ... Patsy Parisi

Paul Mazursky ... Sunshine
Lewis J. Stadlen ... Dr. Freid

Louis Crugnali ... Carlo Renzi

Richard Maldone ... Albert Barese

Nick E. Tarabay ... Matush (as Emad Tarabay)
Victor Truro ... Dr. Rotelli

Joanie Ellen ... P.A.
Anna Mastroianni ... Woman in Car
Michael Patterson ... Martin (as Michael Lee Patterson)

Stephen Peabody ... Service Manager
Kevin Janicelli ... Roy Del Guercio
Anthony Zayas ... Cholo #1
Freddy Martinez ... Cholo #2

Cesar De León ... Cholo #3 (as Cesar Deleon)

Annabella Sciorra ... Gloria Trillo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Cicero ... Card Player #1 (uncredited)

Jack Lotz ... Card Player #2 (uncredited)

Antonio Saillant ... Casino Owner (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Timothy Van Patten  (as Tim Van Patten)
Writing credits
David Chase (created by)

Frank Renzulli (teleplay by)

David Chase (story by)

Produced by
Henry Bronchtein .... producer (as Henry J. Bronchtein)
Martin Bruestle .... producer
Mitchell Burgess .... executive producer
David Chase .... executive producer
Robin Green .... executive producer
Brad Grey .... executive producer
Ilene S. Landress .... co-executive producer
Gianna Maria Smart .... associate producer
Terence Winter .... supervising producer
Cinematography by
Alik Sakharov (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William B. Stich 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Georgianne Walken 
Production Design by
Bob Shaw 
Art Direction by
Scott P. Murphy  (as Scott Murphy)
Set Decoration by
Janet Shaw 
Costume Design by
Juliet Polcsa 
Makeup Department
Kymbra Callaghan .... key makeup artist
Stephen Kelley .... makeup artist (as Stephen M. Kelley)
Mel McKinney .... key hair stylist
Diana Sikes .... hair stylist
Production Management
Henry Bronchtein .... unit production manager (as Henry J. Bronchtein)
Scott Hornbacher .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noreen R. Cheleden .... second second assistant director (as Noreen Cheleden)
Mark McGann .... first assistant director
Lisa M. Rowe .... second assistant director
Nicholas Wolfert .... second assistant director: locations (uncredited)
Art Department
Troy R. Adee .... set dresser
James J. Archer .... set dresser
Joseph Badalucco Jr. .... assistant property master (as Joe Badalucco)
John Basile .... set dresser
James Covington .... on set scenic
Anthony Dimeo .... property master (as Anthony J. DiMeo)
Gary Grill .... construction coordinator
Ann Harmon .... scenic shop person (as Anne Harmon)
Tom Heaps .... set dresser (as Thomas J. Heaps)
Miguel Jimenez .... shop electric
Rich King .... construction production assistant
Jeffrey M. Marchetti .... on set dresser
Chris Marzulli .... key construction grip
James McDonagh .... assistant property master (as James P. McDonagh)
Eric M. Metzger .... assistant property master (as Eric Metzger)
Lou Miller .... construction foreman
Vincent J. Orofino .... set dresser (as Vincent Orofino)
Gerard H. Pineo .... leadman
Geoffrey D. Pound .... construction grip (as Geoffrey Pound)
Miriam Schapiro .... art department coordinator
Jon Schluenz .... art department production assistant
Cathy Scorsese .... set dresser
Kelly Solomon .... art department production assistant
Ken Sperling .... construction grip
Jennifer B. Starke .... assistant set decorator (as Jennifer Starke)
Eric Stepper .... set dresser
Timothy Tranzillo .... scenic foreman
Michael Zansky .... scenic charge
Joan Winters .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Patrick Burns .... sound re-recording mixer (as Kevin Burns)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Barbara Issak .... dialogue editor
Paul Koronkiewicz .... boom operator
Anna MacKenzie .... supervising sound editor
Jan McLaughlin .... sound utility (as Jan McLaughlan)
Todd Orr .... sound re-recording mixer
Mathew Price .... production sound mixer
Brian Risner .... sound effects editor
Raymond E. Spiess III .... adr editor (as Raymond Spiess III)
Fred Tator .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Alfonso Calvo .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Mike Marchain .... adr editor (uncredited)
Kevin McCullough .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... special effects (as Conrad Brink Jr.)
Jeff Brink .... special effects
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator (as Pete Bucossi)
Paul Cicero .... stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Tony Guida .... stunts
Jack Lotz .... stunts
Janet Paparazzo .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Mike Russo)
Joanna Shelmidine .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunts
Brian Smyj .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Anderson .... best boy electric
Wesley Battle .... grip
Will Callahan .... electrician
William Coleman .... camera operator (as Bill Coleman)
Ben Dailey .... camera loader (as Benjamin Dailey)
Aaron Dawley .... best boy grip
Ken Ferris .... additional camera operator
Brian Fitzsimons .... grip (as Brian Fitzsimmons)
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Kevin Janicelli .... gaffer
Peter Koola .... best boy electric
Edward W. Lowry .... dolly grip (as Ed Lowry)
William D. Moran .... grip (as Bill Moran)
Ben Noble .... electrician
Tim Norman .... first assistant camera
John L. Oates .... gaffer
Tom Percarpio .... electrician (as Thomas Percarpio)
Louis Petraglia .... key rigging grip
Phil Purificato .... grip (as Philip Purificato)
Patrick Quinn .... second assistant camera
Steve Ramsey .... electrician (as Steven Ramsey)
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame playback
Gerard Sava .... additional camera operator
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Casting Department
Kathleen Backel .... casting assistant
Anna Maniscalco .... background casting
Meredith Tucker .... casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mildred Del Rio .... tailor
Elizabeth Feldbauer .... costumer
Gail A. Fitzgibbons .... wardrobe supervisor (as Gail Fitzgibbons)
Kenn Hamilton .... wardrobe supervisor
Jennifer Ingram .... costumer
Barbara Krauthamer .... costumer
Jesse Lello .... wardrobe production assistant
Lauren Press .... assistant costume designer
Kim Wilcox .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Erick Becerra .... post-production assistant
Linda Olague .... colorist
Lisa Taylor .... post-production coordinator
Juliet Walker .... post-production assistant
Lynne Whitlock .... assistant editor (as Lynne M. Whitlock)
Salvatore Catanzaro .... on-line assistant editor (uncredited)
Keith Ponschock .... telecine assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Kathryn Dayak .... music editor
Jennifer C. Harper .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation co-captain
James Leavey .... transportation captain (as Jim Leavey)
David Phillip .... parking coordinator (as Dave Phillip)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Susan Aston .... dialogue coach: James Gandolfini
Cynthia Bauer .... set production assistant
Zoran Blazevic .... location scout
James Brown Jr. .... distribution coordinator
Salvatore Carino .... production auditor
David Chambers .... location assistant
Chris Collins .... assistant production coordinator
James Cosper .... location scout
Tony Cypres .... second assistant auditor
Debora Fearon .... craft service (as Debbie Fearon)
Jennifer G. Fistere .... assistant to producers
Bill Garvey .... location assistant
Christine Gee .... script supervisor (as Christine Gee Lowrey)
Hans Graffunder .... production coordinator
Tosha L. Hawkins .... payroll auditor (as Tosha Hawkins)
Michael Hernandez .... chef (as Mike Hernandez)
Regina Heyman .... assistant location manager
Mark Kamine .... location manager
Steve Kornacki .... assistant production coordinator
Felicia B. Lipchik .... assistant to writers
Clare Lord .... location coordinator
Charles McDonald .... set production assistant
Jon Morgenthau .... office production assistant
Kyle O'Brien .... first assistant auditor
David Occhino .... location assistant
Melissa Brides Ockman .... set production assistant (as Melissa Brides)
Brian Palatucci .... location assistant
Chauency Reese .... second assistant auditor
Leslie E.A. Rider .... writers office production assistant
Julie Ross .... assistant: David Chase
Deidre Schrowang .... first assistant auditor
Beth Scura .... office production assistant
John Silvestri .... set production assistant
Noah Thomson .... craft service assistant
Sandra Vannucchi .... location scout
Adam T. Weisinger .... set production assistant (as Adam Weisinger)
Tony Carey .... production executive (uncredited)
Randy DeOrio .... location holding (uncredited)
Tina Elmo .... production resources (uncredited)
Ryder Washburn .... armorer (uncredited)
Marty Barnes .... additional thanks (as Mayor Marty Barnes)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

According to David Chase 's commentary on this episode during the killing of Dino they removed the 2 shell casings that hit the road in post production.See more »
Continuity: When Patsy goes with Gloria for a test drive, at first they are in a Mercedes E-Class, but when they pull up, the car changes to a Mercedes S-Class (both in exterior and interior shots).See more »
Ralph Cifaretto:[to Jackie Jr] Your father, god rest his soul, had balls the size of an Irish broad's ass.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Basic Instinct (1992)See more »
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Things go bad, 28 April 2008
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

Death is just around the corner, and judging from this episode's events, it will be quite nasty too: starting on a bleak note and ending on an even bleaker one, Amour Fou lays down the road for the no doubt affecting, tragic finale with relentless strength.

Having been hit in the face with a steak at the hands of Gloria, Tony decides to end it with her, and has Patsy Parisi tell the insane woman what awaits her, should she decide to stalk the big guy or his family. The bad day gets even worse when Jackie Jr., upon hearing his father and Tony got made after robbing a card game, decides to pull off a similar stunt, only to run into Furio and Christopher, who recognize him and ask for his head. Tony agrees that the boy has run his course, but waits for Ralphie's say on the matter.

Essentially the first half of a two-parter, Amour Fou is, like all other season closers, not afraid to get its hands dirty: while Jackie's fate was pretty clear from the start, the treatment Gloria receives comes off as cruel even by Sopranos standards. The human drama that takes place should be involving enough even for those who don't like the show (because of the violence, the swearing or whatever reason there might be), a fact acknowledged by Tony's angry reaction to a spiteful remark made by Chris: "You may not love me, but you will respect me!". That sentence is aimed at the program's detractors as much as it is at Chrissy. Personally, I love it.

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