Fresh, colorful and inventive, Married to the Mob is another offbeat entertainment from director Jonathan Demme.

Fresh, colorful and inventive, Married to the Mob is another offbeat entertainment from director Jonathan Demme.

Storyline’s basic trajectory has unhappy suburban housewife Michelle Pfeiffer taking the opportunity presented by the sudden death of her husband, who happens to have been a middle-level gangster, to escape the limitations of her past and forge a new life for herself and her son in New York City.

Opening with a hit on a commuter train and following with some murderous bedroom shenanigans, film establishes itself as a suburban gangster comedy. Demme and his enthusiastic collection of actors take evident delight in sending up the gauche excesses of these particular nouveau riches, as the men strut about in their pinstripes and polyester and the women spend their time at the salon getting their hair teased.

The enormous cast is a total delight, starting with Pfeiffer, with hair dyed dark, a New York accent and a continuously nervous edge. Matthew Modine proves winning as the seemingly inept FBI functionary who grows into his job, and Dean Stockwell is a hoot as the unflappable gangland boss, slime under silk and a fedora.

1988: Nomination: Best Supp. Actor (Dean Stockwell)

Married to the Mob

Production

Mysterious Arts/Orion. Director Jonathan Demme; Producer Kenneth Utt, Edward Saxon; Screenplay Barry Strugatz, Mark R. Burns; Camera Tak Fujimoto; Editor Craig McKay; Music David Byrne; Art Director Kristi Zea

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Michelle Pfeiffer Matthew Modine Dean Stockwell Mercedes Ruehl Alec Baldwin Joan Cusack
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