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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

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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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Did You Know?

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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Disappointing attempt
25 June 1999 | by skeenSee all my reviews

I was extremely disappointed with Bella Mafia. I was expecting a female version of the Godfather (although nothing can compare with the actual Godfather). Although the plot was the best thing about this movie, it was lukewarm at best. The passion (when Vito loses Sonny), orchestration of events (like when Michael takes out the five families), and epic feeling are all missing from this film. Vanessa Redgrave is wonderful, although only about three people from the entire cast could actually pull off sounding Sicilian. The directing was very weak, and the progression of the story was hurried (every five minutes, you were seeing text on the screen that said "Ten Years Later," "Five Years Later," etc. Overall, I was VERY disappointed with Bella Mafia...not that I expected anything more from a "T.V. Movie," but that it wasted so much potential.


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