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When her unfaithful gangster husband Frank is murdered, Angela DeMarco (Michelle Pfeiffer) sees it as the perfect opportunity to break free from the tacky world of the mafia wives. But with Frank's old boss Tony the Tiger (Dean Stockwell) trying to make her his mistress and the FBI pressuring her to help put the mob behind bars, going straight proves more difficult than she first thought.
Angela de Marco (Michelle Pfeiffer) is fed up with her life Married to the Mob. As luck would have it, her hubby Frank (Alec Baldwin) is knocked off by head honcho Tony "the Tiger" Russo (an Oscar-nominated Dean Stockwell), which leaves her free to start a new life in the Big Apple. The only problem is that the FBI are desperate to nab Tony, and manage to send the one Agent (Matthew Modine) most likely to fall in love with her. Plot-wise, then, this is predictable fluff. The joys are in the details of Jonathan Demme's direction: New York's streets come alive under his hand-held camerawork; a lot of dialogue is comically delivered direct to camera (a device he used for dramatic effect later with The Silence of the Lambs); and background characters each leave their mark given memorable--often-hilarious--screen time. As a black comedy it isn't quite so memorable as Demme's explosive earlier work on Something Wild, but if there's one thing sure to stick with you here it's the sensationally colourful late-80s fashions and hairstyles.
On the DVD: Married to the Mob is a bare-bones release that only adds a trailer. It is presented in its original widescreen ratio, however, and for the most part the transfer is pretty clean. --Paul Tonks
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Pfeiffer, as murdered mobster Frank`s young, disaffected widow Angie DeMarco, and Dean Stockwell as mob boss Tony `the Tiger` Russo, are the chief reasons for seeing this romp, as well as a scary Mercedes Ruehl as Tony`s frenziedly jealous wife.
Matthew Modine, so effective in other films, is oddly colourless here, rather like a taller Chris O`Donnell in both looks and blandness. I can think offhand of a dozen
other actors who would have made the part of the lovestruck young FBI agent far more interesting, as well as funnier. Modine doesn`t seem to quite have the measure of the film he`s in, which is a larky comedy-drama. (Jeff Daniels, so good in director Demme`s superior Something Wild, might have been a happier choice.)
However, there`s so much to enjoy, and Michelle was on a roll back in the eighties, turning out a variety of unforgettable character studies, with a wit and offbeat humour few other actresses could, or can, match.
I`d give this 7 or 8 out of ten, but it`s definitely a film to see at least once. Just don`t expect too much. Also, the ending is much too nudge-nudge cute, as if Demme couldn`t be bothered to finish his film with a credible flourish, preferring to resort to `winking` at the audience. Most of the time he negotiates the drama and comedy, keeping the balls in the air with flair and a deft script, but cops out at the end.
Joan Cusack and Alec Baldwin (as Angie`s doomed husband) have effective cameos, and the music is provided by David Byrne, with a soundtrack of songs punctuating the madcap action.
Mostly, great fun. And Pfeiffer`s just fine.
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I enjoyed this film very much. It was delivered well within the stated time. Sadly, this is region A only so it can't be enjoyed by all. Read morePublished 20 months ago by conrose