Married to the Mob

Overview

Michelle Pfeiffer is Married to the Mob in this comedy. The wife of Mafia hitman Alec Baldwin, Pfeiffer regularly chastizes her husband for his underhanded line of work. Baldwin refuses to entertain any thoughts of quitting the mob-and besides, he's got a good thing going with Nancy Travis, the promiscuous girl friend of gang boss Dean Stockwell. When Stockwell catches on to Travis' peccadilloes, he murders both his mistress and the unlucky Baldwin. At Baldwin's funeral, Stockwell is overwhelmed by Pfeiffer's ...
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Overview

Michelle Pfeiffer is Married to the Mob in this comedy. The wife of Mafia hitman Alec Baldwin, Pfeiffer regularly chastizes her husband for his underhanded line of work. Baldwin refuses to entertain any thoughts of quitting the mob-and besides, he's got a good thing going with Nancy Travis, the promiscuous girl friend of gang boss Dean Stockwell. When Stockwell catches on to Travis' peccadilloes, he murders both his mistress and the unlucky Baldwin. At Baldwin's funeral, Stockwell is overwhelmed by Pfeiffer's beauty, and immediately begins plying her with expensive gifts. But Pfeiffer is through with this sort of thing, and with her young son in tow, she leaves town, hoping to start life anew. Upon making the acquaintance of bumbling, seemingly sincere Matthew Modine, Pfeiffer is convinced that Modine is just another mob flunkey. But it's even worse: Modine is an FBI agent, ordered to get to Stockwell by using Pfeiffer as bait. Reluctantly he's grown quite fond of her himself, Modine blackmails Pfeiffer into setting up a rendezvous with Stockwell.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Long before The Sopranos endeared its Mafia family to TV audiences, Married to the Mob pulled off the same neat trick in movie theaters. Moreover, the 1988 blockbuster did so despite the seemingly incongruous casting of Michelle Pfeiffer as the widow of hit man Alec Baldwin. With her trademark blonde tresses dyed brunette, Pfeiffer affected a convincing Noo Yawk accent, cracked gum authoritatively, and displayed admirable street smarts by repeatedly repulsing the amorous advances of mob boss Dean Stockwell whose rib-tickling turn earned this veteran actor a well-deserved Oscar nomination. Matthew Modine supplied winning support as a boyish, seemingly inept FBI agent, with Mercedes Ruehl and Joan Cusack contributing memorable performances as well. Director Jonathan Demme Silence of the Lambs utilized dubious plot elements and potentially unsympathetic characters to craft high-spirited, laugh-provoking entertainment that still sparkles.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The tone of Jonathan Demme's gangster comedy Married to the Mob comes very close to being too over-the-top for its own good, but the superb cast pulls it off without a hitch. Michelle Pfeiffer, with a heavy New York Italian accent, and Matthew Modine, as the so square-he's-hip Fed trailing her, do a fine job of both being funny and portraying the tentative beginnings of a new romance. But it is Dean Stockwell as the mob boss and Mercedes Ruehl as his very suspicious wife who walk off with the film. An authentic Italian-American, Brian De Palma, could not achieve this same balance of wackiness in his mob comedy Wise Guys, showing how difficult it is to successfully get laughs out of such extreme characters in a setting as threatening as the mafia. The material in Married to the Mob is so exaggerated that Italian-Americans could have found it offensive (especially since Demme is not Italian), but his abiding love of his characters, even the crazy ones, stands out above everything else making this light comedy one of the most enjoyable, if least essential, films of Demme's fantastic career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2014
  • UPC: 738329142223
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kl Studio Classics
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 18,777

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michelle Pfeiffer Angela Demarco
Matthew Modine Mike Downey
Dean Stockwell Tony "The Tiger" Russo
Mercedes Ruehl Connie Russo
Alec Baldwin Frank "The Cucumber" DeMarco
Joan Cusack Rose Boyle
Trey Wilson Franklin, FBI Field Director
Oliver Platt Ed Benitez
Paul Lazar Tommy Boyle
Sister Carol East Rita Harcourt
Ellen Foley Theresa
Chris Isaak Arrowhead "The Clown"
O-Lan Jones Phyllis
Charles Napier Ray, Angela's Hairdresser
Anthony J. Nici Joey DeMarco
Nancy Travis Karen Lutnick
David Johansen Priest
Al Lewis Uncle Joe Russo
Frank Ferera Vinnie the Slug
Frank Gio Nick "The Snake"
Gary Klar Al "The Worm"
Roy Blount Jr. Humane Reporter
Billy Carter Ambassador
Angela de Marco
Jonathan Demme
Luis Alberto Garcia Honeymoon Suite Bellboy
Joseph L. "Mr. Spoons" Jones Mr. Spoons
Stanton D. Miranda Gal at the Piano
Carlos Anthony Ocasio Joey's New Pal
Pe De Boi Samba Band
Captain Haggerty Fat Man
Marlene Willoughby Mrs. "Fat Man"
Frank Acquilino Conductor
Jason Allen Tony Russo, Jr.
Suzanne Puccerella Three-card Monte Victim
Tara Duckworth Tara
Gary Goetzman Guy at the Piano
Carlos Giovanni Carlo Whispers
Warren Miller Johnny "King's Roost" King
Steve Vignari Stevarino
James Reno Pelliccio Butch
Daniel Dassin Matire D'
Colin Quinn Homicide Detective
Maria Karnilova Frank's Mom
Dodie Demme Pigs Knuckles Shopper
Gene Borkan Goodwill Executive
Wilma Dore Uptown Saleslady
Tracey Walter Chicken' Lickin' Mgr.
Lezli Jae Chicken Lickin' Server
Alison Gordy Chicken Lickin' Feminist
Buzz Kilman Ruthless Sniper
Kenneth Utt Sourpuss F.B.I. Man
Tony Fitzpatrick Sourpuss Immigration Man
Tim O'Connell Abused Ticket Agent
Janet Howard Abused Stewardess
Ralph Corsel Jimmy "Fisheggs" Roe
Obba Babatunde Face of Justice
George "Red" Schwartz Shotgun Marshal
Ellie Cornell Pushy Reporter
Todd Solondz Zany Reporter
Roma Maffia Angie's First Customer
Patrick Phipps Goodwill Hunk
Joe Spinell Leonard "Tiptoes" Mazzilli
Arthur Haggerty
Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director
Maher Ahmad Art Director
Stuart Arbright Songwriter
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
David Bean Songwriter
William Berg Songwriter
Geraldine Berry Songwriter
Ron Bozman Associate Producer, Asst. Director, Producer
Steve Breck Songwriter
Mark R. Burns Screenwriter
David Byrne Score Composer
Jane Child Songwriter
James Donna Songwriter
Efex Specialists, Inc. Special Effects
Frank Ferera Stunts
Howard Feuer Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Black Francis Songwriter
Chris Frantz Songwriter
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Bill Garvey Songwriter
Gary Goetzman Songwriter
A. Gourdine Songwriter
Lawrence Grennan Songwriter
Mildred J. Hill Songwriter
Patty S. Hill Songwriter
Chris Isaak Songwriter
Don Ivey Set Decoration/Design
Jean Jacques Songwriter
Jorge Ben Jor Songwriter
Willie Lemon Songwriter
Ziggy Marley Songwriter
Bernadette Mazur Makeup
Craig McKay Editor
Glenn Mercer Songwriter
Robert Merrill Songwriter
Bill Milling Songwriter
New Order Songwriter
Christopher Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Sinead O'Connor Songwriter
Clark Parent Songwriter
Marco Pirroni Songwriter
Nina Ramsey Songwriter, Set Decoration/Design
John Robotham Stunts
Edward Saxon Co-producer
Joel Simon Executive Producer
Reggi Stewart Songwriter
Barry Strugatz Screenwriter
Bill Todman Jr. Executive Producer, Producer
Kenneth Utt Co-producer
E. Wright Songwriter
Kristi Zea Production Designer
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