Imagine crossing a low-budget, cliche-ridden "Godfather" with a particularly bad "Charlie's Angels" episode and you have "Vendetta II." Despite a ridiculous, complicated plot, uniformly bad acting and loose direction, drawing power of star Carol Alt and its predecessor's high ratings could mean good numbers.

Imagine crossing a low-budget, cliche-ridden “Godfather” with a particularly bad “Charlie’s Angels” episode and you have “Vendetta II.” Despite a ridiculous, complicated plot, uniformly bad acting and loose direction, drawing power of star Carol Alt and its predecessor’s high ratings could mean good numbers.

Nancy Pertinace (Alt) is hiding out at a convent in Italy after murdering her husband in vengeance on their wedding day.

Her adopted father, mob boss Frank Latella (Eli Wallach), is in New York raising Nancy’s child, Anna (Lisa Jakub). Nancy, aka Sister Maria, longs to see her daughter, and begs Frank to have Anna make her First Communion in Italy.

Frank agrees, and is reunited with his exiled son, Nearco (Miguel Fernandes). But Nearco and his son, Frank Jr. (Justin Louis), remain estranged. American reporter Hank Farrell (Michael Ontkean) suspects their real identities while falling in love with Nancy.

Alt’s acting is wooden and unconvincing; Wallach’s histrionics are embarrassing. Best performance is Jakub’s, as Anna. Ralph Thomas’ direction is all over the place, as is Guy Dufaux’s camera. Other production values are fine.

Vendetta II: The New Mafia

(Tues. (7), Wed. (8), 9-11 p.m., Syn.)

Production

Filmed in Los Angeles and Italy by Titanus s.p.a. in association with Silvio Berlusconi Communications and Tribune Entertainment. Exec producer, Anselmo Parrinello; producers, Guido Lombardo, Nicolas Clermont; director, Ralph Thomas; writers, Brian Ross, Thomas.

Crew

Camera, Guy Dufaux; editor, Yves Langlois; production designer, Luciano Spadoni; sound, Patrick Rousseau; music, Stefano Mainetti.

Cast

Cast: Carol Alt, Michael Ontkean, Eli Wallach, Burt Young, Justin Louis, Miguel Fernandes, Anthony DeSando, Eva Grimaldi, Lisa Jakub, Caterina Boratto, Susan Spafford, Eva Grimaldi, Carl Alacchi, Lorne Brass, Chip Chuipka, Domenique Fiore, Anthony Kroeger, Alessio Orano, Ilza Prestinari, Vittorio Rossi, Vlasta Vrana, A. Maria Rirao Sporza, Rosa Maria Grauso, Tom Rack, John Walsh, Ian MacDonald, Nero Lorenzi, Al Vandercruys, J.C. Page, Claire Riley, Francoise Robertson, Garth Gilker, Bruce Dinsmore, Jane Wheeler, Pierre Lenior, Dean Hagopian, Michael Rudder, Dorian Joe Clark, Deano Clavet, Norris Domingue, Mark Walker Nonshor, Ricardo Juarez, Richard Juarez, Richard Jutras, Ralph Allison, Bernard Ranger, Jane Heitmeyer, Pietro Oliveri, Gary Plaxton, Edouard Saad, Donny James Lucas, Marc Desourdy, Linda Smith, Andrew Wade, Susan Glover, Roland Smith, Roland Nincheri, Cecile Clermont, Johnny Goar, Robert Higden, Joe De Paul , Joseph Tranba, Harry Stanjofski, Darcy Laurie, Frayne McCarthy, Emilio Michetti, Anna Maria Natalini, Cyrus Elias, Saverio D'Ercole, Robert Sommer, Jeff Kennedy, Lewis Cianelli, Annelie Harryson, Patrizia LaFonte, Michey Knox, Giancarlo Palermo.
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