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Married To The Mob (1988)

In this comedy thriller from director Jonathan Demme, Michelle Pfeiffer donned a curly brunette wig and proved that she was a deft hand at lighthearted fare.

She stars as Angela De Marco, the widow of small-time philandering gangster Frank “The Cucumber” (Alec Baldwin) – who was iced by crime boss Tony “The Tiger” Russo (Dean Stockwell).

Angela decides to move to Manhattan and make a new life for herself and her child away from the Long Island mafia.

But she doesn’t allow for the attentions of Tony “The Tiger” – a ruthless kingpin who’s always had a thing for the beautiful Angela and now is free to put the moves on the grieving widow – and the FBI’s Mike Downey (Matthew Modine).

Now, Angela must choose between helping the FBI or spending the rest of her life being “married to the mob”.

The cast is superb – especially Mercedes Ruehl in over-the-top mode as Stockwell’s brassy, jealous wife – and Demme keeps both the action and the laughs perfectly tuned.

Angela De Marco
Michelle Pfeiffer
Mike Downey
Matthew Modine
Tony “The Tiger” Russo
Dean Stockwell
Frank “The Cucumber” De Marco
Alec Baldwin
Connie Russo
Mercedes Ruehl
Franklin, FBI Field Director
Trey Wilson
Rose Boyle
Joan Cusack
Ellen Foley
Ed Benitez
Oliver Platt
Joey De Marco
Anthony J Nici

Jonathan Demme