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Bella Mafia (1997)

Starting in Palermo, Italy, 1977 - The ups and downs of a mafia family opposed to drug trade until the men are murdered and the widows take over.

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

Lynda La Plante (novel), Lynda La Plante (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Graziella Luciano
Dennis Farina ... Don Roberto Luciano
Nastassja Kinski ... Sophia Luciano
Jennifer Tilly ... Moyra Luciano
Illeana Douglas ... Teresa Scorpio Luciano
James Marsden ... Luka
Gina Philips ... Rosa Luciano
Richard Portnow ... Anthony Moreno
Franco Nero ... Mario Domino
Peter Bogdanovich ... Vito Giancamo
Carmen Argenziano
Michael Hayden Michael Hayden ... Michael Luciano
Richard Joseph Paul ... Constantino Luciano
W. Earl Brown ... Fredrico Luciano
Tony Maggio Tony Maggio ... Alfredo Luciano
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Storyline

When Sophia 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, Sophia, 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]

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

16 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bela Mafia See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) | (short)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Bella Luna
Written by Peter D. Kaye and Lorenzo Caccialanza
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Regrettably underdeveloped.
5 July 2003 | by iliawarlockSee all my reviews

Unfortunately the acting of the main characters is the only reason to recommend this film. Vanessa Redgrave was at her elegant best, but the dialogue of her role left her with little/no opportunity to demonstrate her art. The same can be said for Nastassja Kinski and Illeana Douglas. Meg Tilly (whose character was never a part of the book), provided an adequate dose of comic relief. James Marsden can be complimented on his eloquent portrayal of the unnervingly human demon, Luca.

But those were the only good sides. The director of "The Last Don" did poorly with this venture, as did the screenwriters. Not only were the characters underdeveloped, but their setting, behavior, and movements were utterly unbelievable. I do not know what the director was thinking, but when the a set of four women remains unchanged and un-aging through the interval of twenty years--the viewer may well question the quality of the film. The accents, so well done in "The Last Don" were misplaced or absent here. To make a long story short (too late?), the actors struggle valiantly against overwhelming odds to do a good job in the mess of a script they must work with, but their battle is lost.


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