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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 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | 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

Production Co:

The Königsberg Company See more »
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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

Luka - Age 10: Are you some kind of prisoner?
Giorgio Corolla: Possibly, but only of my own physical deformities.
Luka - Age 10: You're not eating?
Giorgio Corolla: Help yourself.
Luka - Age 10: Whats that stink in here? Do you go in your pants?
Giorgio Corolla: [chuckles] No, not today, fortunatly
Luka - Age 10: How old are you?
Giorgio Corolla: Older then anyone anticipated I would ever live to be, especially my father. How old are you?
Luka - Age 10: I dunno... Watcha got all these books for?
Giorgio Corolla: I read.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Bella Luna
Written by Peter D. Kaye and Lorenzo Caccialanza
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Worth watching only if you're REALLY into Mafia films
5 July 2001 | by saintpauliboySee all my reviews

One of the challenges with any film concerning the Mafia is that they're usually compared (intentionally or subconsciously) with "The Godfather" trilogy. Tough company, right? Some films still manage to retain respectability, such as "The Last Don", "Casino", or "Goodfellas". Then there are films like "Bella Mafia".

"Bella Mafia" is well-acted. How can it not be with capable actors like Redgrave, Kinski, Tilly, Farina, etc.? Yet even they're abilities can't overcome some of the lines they're forced to deliver. Let me be clear - I'm not a professional writer nor actor. I can, however, detect "cheese" when I see or hear it. At one point about half-way through the film I looked at my wife and said, "They should re-name this "Those Wacky Lucianos". Some of the situations, dialogue, and mannerisms of the performers seemed like it was almost poking fun at the mob-movie genre. I won't go into details of the plot, just suffice it to say the twists turns were more than implausable. Even my wife, who LOVES mob movies, admitted it was more than a bit weak.

Here's the bottom line. If you REALLY like movies about the Cosa Nostra, then check it out. Just keep your expectations low. That way, the talented actors may just do enough to keep your interest. They really do nice work, especially considering what they had to work with. Otherwise, skip this one and watch something else.


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