A woman who has just discovered she is the daughter of a murdered Mafia chieftain seeks revenge, with the aide of her father's faithful bodyguard.


Martyn Burke


William Porter (story) (as Will Aldis), William Porter (screenplay) (as Will Aldis) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Frankie Delano
Madeleine Stowe ... Jennifer Barrett
Anthony Quinn ... Angelo Allieghieri
Raoul Bova ... Marcello
Harry Van Gorkum ... Kip Barrett
Billy Gardell ... Bruno
George Touliatos ... Lucio Malatesta
Angelo Celeste Angelo Celeste ... The Priest
Ezra Perlman Ezra Perlman ... Rawley Barrett
Carin Moffat ... Ashley
John Gilbert ... Whitney Towers
Dawn Greenhalgh ... Peggy Towers
Angelo Tsarouchas ... Thug
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Meter Maid
Lori Alter ... Kay


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Anthony Quinn and Madeleine Stowe play father and daughter here. In Revenge (1990), Quinn and Stowe played husband and wife. See more »


When Jennifer is watching the video of Angelo Allieghieri, shots alternate between her sipping from a glass and swigging from a bottle of Jack Daniels. See more »


Frankie Delano: I believe there's a possible exception to every rule in a book.
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Featured in Making 'Avenging Angelo' (2003) See more »

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Stowe is Perfection in "Whack-Y" Comedy
13 December 2005 | by lavatchSee 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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Release Date:

11 August 2004 (France) See more »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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