Married to the Mob (1988)

R | 104 mins | Romantic comedy | 20 August 1988

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Cinematographer:

Tak Fujimoto

Editor:

Craig McKay

Production Designer:

Kristi Zea

Production Company:

Mysterious Arts
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HISTORY


       As noted in a 10 Jul 1988 LAT “Outtakes” column, two musicians appeared in cameo roles: Chris Isaak portrayed a clown, and David Johansen, who is often known by his pseudonym, Buster Poindexter, portrayed a priest at a funeral. American humorist, Roy Blount, Jr., also appeared in a cameo performance as a reporter.
       The HR review described the film as a “funny send-up of Melting-Pot America” and praised Kristi Zea’s “twistedly funny production design” and Colleen Atwood’s “flamboyant and garish costumes.” Several reviewers made a point of noting that Married to the Mob made no pretense of depicting either the Mafia or the FBI in realistic terms. In a 28 Aug 1988 NYT article, film writer Ralph Blumenthal found it “useful to flag some possible misconceptions” presented in the film and compared real-life news stories about FBI operations to the film’s version of the Mafia. In a 21 Aug 1988 LAT article, reviewer Patrick Goldstein described Married to the Mob as an “affectionate satire of the Mafia,” and noted that the gangsters in the film “aren’t malevolent thugs—they’re connoisseurs of kitsch.”
       For her performance in the film, Michelle Pfeiffer was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical. Dean Stockwell received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Stockwell and Mercedes Ruehl won National Society of Film Critics awards for Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress, respectively. In addition, Stockwell also won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Married to the Mob ... More Less


       As noted in a 10 Jul 1988 LAT “Outtakes” column, two musicians appeared in cameo roles: Chris Isaak portrayed a clown, and David Johansen, who is often known by his pseudonym, Buster Poindexter, portrayed a priest at a funeral. American humorist, Roy Blount, Jr., also appeared in a cameo performance as a reporter.
       The HR review described the film as a “funny send-up of Melting-Pot America” and praised Kristi Zea’s “twistedly funny production design” and Colleen Atwood’s “flamboyant and garish costumes.” Several reviewers made a point of noting that Married to the Mob made no pretense of depicting either the Mafia or the FBI in realistic terms. In a 28 Aug 1988 NYT article, film writer Ralph Blumenthal found it “useful to flag some possible misconceptions” presented in the film and compared real-life news stories about FBI operations to the film’s version of the Mafia. In a 21 Aug 1988 LAT article, reviewer Patrick Goldstein described Married to the Mob as an “affectionate satire of the Mafia,” and noted that the gangsters in the film “aren’t malevolent thugs—they’re connoisseurs of kitsch.”
       For her performance in the film, Michelle Pfeiffer was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical. Dean Stockwell received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Stockwell and Mercedes Ruehl won National Society of Film Critics awards for Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress, respectively. In addition, Stockwell also won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Married to the Mob and Tucker: The Man and His Dream (see entry).
       The end credits contain a dedication to Brian Hansen. Also in the end credits are a “Special Thanks” to: The City of New York Mayor’s Office for Film, Theatre and Broadcasting; The New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development; The Florida State Film Office, and the Cities of Miami Beach and Pompano Beach and Bob Demme & Associates/Miami; Courtlemagne Communications; Tops Appliance City, Inc; El Vaquero, Inc.; Rado Watches; Next on Madison; 212 Jewelry; and several individuals.


The summary and note for this entry were completed with participation from the AFI Academic Network. Summary and note were written by participant John Theofanis, a student at University of Texas at Austin, with Janet Staiger as academic advisor.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Oct 1988.
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Daily Variety
29 Jul 1988
pp. 3, 8.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 1988.
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Los Angeles Times
10 Jul 1988
p. 21, 26.
Los Angeles Times
19 Aug 1988
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
21 Aug 1988
pp. 21, 25.
New York Times
19 Aug 1988
p. 6.
New York Times
28 Aug 1988
p. 4.
Variety
3 Aug 1988
p. 10.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
starring
starring
starring
starring
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Mysterious Arts - Demme Production
a Jonathan Demme picture
A Luja Continua
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d unit photog
1st cam asst
2d cam asst
Cam trainee
Key grip/Prod consultant
Dolly grip
Grip
Video eng
Spec stills photog
Orig processing by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Visual consultant/Storyboard artist
Art dept asst
Art dept asst
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative matching
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec, Florida crew
Prop master
Asst prop
Asst prop
Asst prop
Master scenic artist
Scenic artist, Florida crew
Set dresser
Const coord, Florida crew
Const grip
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst to cost des
Ward supv
Ward supv
Ward supv
Ward supv
Cost built at
New York City
MUSIC
Orig score
Mus supv
Mus supv
Asst mus supv
Mus ed
Asst mus ed
Score rec and mixed at
Score rec and mixed at
Score rec and mixed by
Score rec and mixed by
Score rec and mixed by
SOUND
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Foley artist
A.D.R. ed
A.D.R. rec
A.D.R. rec
A.D.R. boom op
Asst A.D.R. ed
Sd transfer tech
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles created by
Opticals by
MAKEUP
Hair styles des
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Addl casting
Casting asst
Prod assoc
Prod assoc-Florida
Prod office coord
Asst prod coord
Prod auditor
Asst prod auditor
Asst prod auditor
DGA trainee
Scr supv
Transportation capt
Transportation capt, Florida crew
Asst transportation capt
Asst to Mr. Utt
Asst to Mr. Saxon
Loc asst
Loc asst
Loc asst
Loc asst, Florida crew
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Financial representative
Dialect coach
Animal trainer
of Animal Actors
Craft services
Unit pub
Valet-Matic and Cat-O-Matic des
Valet-Matic and Cat-O-Matic des
Intern
Children's tutoring provided by
New York, New York
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
SONGS
"Mambo Italiano," performed by Rosemary Clooney, written by Robert Merrill, courtesy of CBS Records
"Bizarre Love Triangle," written and performed by New Order, courtesy of Qwest Records/Factory Communications Ltd.
"Queen of Voudou," performed by The Voodooist Corporation, written by William Barg/Stuart Arbright/Steve Breck
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SONGS
"Mambo Italiano," performed by Rosemary Clooney, written by Robert Merrill, courtesy of CBS Records
"Bizarre Love Triangle," written and performed by New Order, courtesy of Qwest Records/Factory Communications Ltd.
"Queen of Voudou," performed by The Voodooist Corporation, written by William Barg/Stuart Arbright/Steve Breck
"Ghost In A Bikini," performed by The Judy's, written by David Bean, courtesy of Wasted Talent Records
"The Same Melody"/"Burger World Town"/"Tony The Tiger"/"Uncle Ron's Country Cars," written by Gary Goetzman
"Jump In The River," peformed by Sinéad O'Connor, written by Sinéad O'Connor/Marco Pirroni, courtesy of Ensign Records Ltd., A Division of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
"Suspicion Of Love," written and performed by Chris Isaak, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
"She's Got Everything," performed by David Bean and Dickie Malone, written by David Bean
"Welcome To The Real World," written and performed by Jane Child, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
"Happy Birthday To You," written by Mildred J. Hill/Patty S. Hill
"Traveling Stranger," performed by True Image, written by A. Gourdine/E. Wright
"Work It," performed by Lemon Lime, written by Willie Lemon/Shelly Lemon/Reggie Stewart/Geraldine Berry, courtesy of Jam-Power Productions
"Isla De Encanta," peformed by The Pixies, written by Black Francis, courtesy of 4AD Records
"Time Bums," performed by Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, written by Ziggy Marley, courtesy of Virgin Records American, Inc.
"Devil Does Your Dog Bite?," performed by Tom Tom Club, written by Chris Frantz
"Too Far Gone," performed by The Feelies, written by Gieran Mercer/Bill Million, courtesy of Coyote/A&M Records
"Zazueira," performed by Pe De Boi, written by Jorge Ben
"Goodbye Horses," performed by Q. Lazzarus, written by William Garvey
"You Don't Miss Your Water," peformed by Brian Eno, written by William Bell, courtesy of Opal Ltd. London
"Liar, Liar," performed by Debbie Harry, written by James Donna, courtesy of Geffen Records/Chrysalis Records Ltd.
"Chemin Victoire," performed by Les Frères Parent, written by Jean Jacques/Clark Parent, courtesy of Michga Records, Inc.
"Veye-Yo," performed by Les Frères Parent, written by Jean Jacques/Clark Parent, courtesy of Michga Records, Inc.
"Kramtorn Avenges The Puttbundles," performed by Wazmo, written by Lawrence Grennan
"Gummy Duppy," written and performed by Nina Ramsey.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
20 August 1988
Copyright Claimant:
Orion Pictures Corporation
Copyright Date:
21 November 1988
Copyright Number:
PA388993
Physical Properties:
Sound
Spectral Recording Dolby Stereo SR in selected theatres
Color
Duart Film Laboratories
Lenses/Prints
Prints by Deluxe
Duration(in mins):
104
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29237
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At a Long Island railroad station, Frank “the Cucumber” DeMarco and Tommy, two Mafia associates, wait for the commuter train on which they will assassinate an enemy of crime lord Tony “The Tiger” Russo. Before the train arrives, Tommy informs DeMarco that his wife, Angela, turned down an invitation to an important Mafiosi dinner party to which the DeMarcos were invited. Later, at her Long Island beauty parlor, Angela offends Tony’s wife Connie, as well as the other Mafia wives, by declining an invitation to a card game. At home, DeMarco confronts Angela about refusing social opportunities and jeopardizing his career, but she expresses dissatisfaction with their lifestyle and ill-gotten possessions. Breaking into tears, she claims, “Everything we own fell off a truck.” Although she wants a divorce, DeMarco laughs at the suggestion and tells her to take a Valium. Soon after, gangsters gather at the King’s Roost, a dinner club with a medieval castle theme. As several FBI agents surreptitiously watch, Tony gives a necklace to a waitress, Karen Lutnick. After dinner, Tony meets Karen in a hotel room to have sex, but then suspects that she has another tryst scheduled. Later in the evening, DeMarco enters Karen’s hotel room and finds her soaking in the bathtub with a bullet in her head, just before Tony kills him. Meanwhile, FBI agent Mike Downey surmises that Tony is guilty of the double murder and gains permission from his superior to work on the case. After DeMarco’s funeral, Tony approaches Angela and forces a kiss on her. Unaware that Angela does not welcome Tony’s overtures, FBI agents snap a photo of the act, and Rose, a mobster wife, ... +


At a Long Island railroad station, Frank “the Cucumber” DeMarco and Tommy, two Mafia associates, wait for the commuter train on which they will assassinate an enemy of crime lord Tony “The Tiger” Russo. Before the train arrives, Tommy informs DeMarco that his wife, Angela, turned down an invitation to an important Mafiosi dinner party to which the DeMarcos were invited. Later, at her Long Island beauty parlor, Angela offends Tony’s wife Connie, as well as the other Mafia wives, by declining an invitation to a card game. At home, DeMarco confronts Angela about refusing social opportunities and jeopardizing his career, but she expresses dissatisfaction with their lifestyle and ill-gotten possessions. Breaking into tears, she claims, “Everything we own fell off a truck.” Although she wants a divorce, DeMarco laughs at the suggestion and tells her to take a Valium. Soon after, gangsters gather at the King’s Roost, a dinner club with a medieval castle theme. As several FBI agents surreptitiously watch, Tony gives a necklace to a waitress, Karen Lutnick. After dinner, Tony meets Karen in a hotel room to have sex, but then suspects that she has another tryst scheduled. Later in the evening, DeMarco enters Karen’s hotel room and finds her soaking in the bathtub with a bullet in her head, just before Tony kills him. Meanwhile, FBI agent Mike Downey surmises that Tony is guilty of the double murder and gains permission from his superior to work on the case. After DeMarco’s funeral, Tony approaches Angela and forces a kiss on her. Unaware that Angela does not welcome Tony’s overtures, FBI agents snap a photo of the act, and Rose, a mobster wife, also sees the kiss. Despite Angela’s claim to the contrary, the Mafia housewives presume Angela is pursuing Tony and confront her at the supermarket. Connie threatens to crush Angela and demonstrates with a carton of eggs. Taking action, Angela donates her house, car and all her furniture to charity and, with her son Joey, moves to a tenement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Mike and Ed Benitez, another FBI agent who has been staking out Angela, wire her apartment. When Mike accidentally encounters Angela in the apartment elevator, he introduces himself as a workman named Mike Smith. After attempting unsuccessfully to get a job at a department store cosmetics counter, Angela seeks employment at the Chicken Lickin’ fast food restaurant, but leaves when she catches the manager spying on her as she changes into the store uniform. Eventually, Angela is hired at the “Hello Gorgeous” hair salon, where she works with Rita, the manager. After Tony’s henchmen learn Angela’s location, Tony and Tommy visit her, bringing a gift of groceries, and remind her that she is still in the "family." Although Angela evades their invitation to dinner, Connie, hiding in her station wagon, observes Tony kissing Angela's hand. After encountering Mike a second time at the apartment, Angela asks him on a date. On Long Island, gunmen from a Miami underworld family ambush Tony and his entourage at a Burger World. Although Tony escapes by shooting his attackers, he decides to set up a meeting with his Miami rivals to settle their differences. Mike and Angela are sharing intimate moments in her apartment, when Connie arrives looking for Tony and instead finds Mike. After she leaves, the defeated Angela explains to Mike that she is connected to the Russo crime family and unable to start a new life outside the mob. Mike then realizes he has misjudged Angela and tells her that she deserves a second chance. However, Mike’s superiors at the FBI chastise him for his romantic interlude with Angela and bring her in for questioning. Mike’s boss, Regional Director Franklin, threatens to send Angela to prison for donating stolen goods to charity and for illegal tax returns submitted by her now dead husband, and he also accuses her of colluding in DeMarco’s murder. To put further pressure on Angela, he has Rita, her salon manager, arrested on immigration charges. When Angela claims the FBI employs the same tactics as the mob, Franklin retorts that the “mob is run by murdering, thieving, lying, cheating psychopaths” while the FBI works for the President of the United States. Afraid that Joey will be placed in a foster home, Angela cooperates with the FBI by flirting with Tony and gaining entrance into his world. Tony invites her to accompany him to Miami, where the meeting with his rivals will be held. Connie decides to surprise Tony and join him in Miami, but after learning he booked the honeymoon suite, she suspects that Angela is with him and flies to Miami with revenge on her mind. At the hotel, Tony gives Angela a gift and Angela, shaking with fear, reciprocates by giving him a ring that has a surveillance device inside it. Meanwhile, Mike and other FBI agents are shadowing Angela. When Tony, realizes he has seen Mike several times, he orders his underlings to bring him to the honeymoon suite, where his identity as an FBI agent is revealed. Mike tells the mobsters that agents will arrive and arrest them at any moment, but instead, Connie arrives. She slugs Angela and, claiming she has nothing to live for, threatens to shoot Tony. Chaos ensues, as Mike and the mobsters shoot at each other, but Mike subdues all but Tony, who is still held at gunpoint by Connie. However, Angela knocks out Connie, and several agents enter and make arrests. Later in New York City, Mike calls Angela from a phone booth outside the “Hello Gorgeous” salon and asks her for a haircut. When he arrives, Angela, remembering his comment about second chances, decides to give Mike a break and kisses him, and the crowd in the salon breaks into applause. +

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