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Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife (1987)

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 18 January 1987
Fashion designer Marian falls in love and marries attorney Edward. Her idyllic romance and marriage are shattered when she learns that Edward is the son of a powerful and feared mafia ... See full summary »

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Paul Wendkos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Gilbert ... Marian
Joe Penny ... Edward Moran
Eileen Brennan ... Sylvia
Anthony Franciosa ... Lou Di Luca (as Tony Franciosa)
Talia Shire ... Gina
Carmine Caridi ... Uncle Sal
Ron Karabatsos ... Aldo
John Aprea ... Frank
John Lavachielli
Rhoda Gemignani ... Mama (as Rhoda Genignani)
Santos Morales Santos Morales
Mary Ann Pascal Mary Ann Pascal
Josh Williams Josh Williams
William Hubbard Knight William Hubbard Knight
Khorshield MacHalle Khorshield MacHalle ... (as Khorsheid MacHalle)
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Fashion designer Marian falls in love and marries attorney Edward. Her idyllic romance and marriage are shattered when she learns that Edward is the son of a powerful and feared mafia family. Edward's family begins to impose its illegal and dangerous activities upon Marian and her friends. When her best friend is murdered after confronting Edward's family, she wants out and begins to fight against the family's ominous power and reach. Written by PetrinaC <cubit@aol.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Godfather's Wife See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The girls love this movie
7 December 2005 | by Major_Movie_StarSee all my reviews

This is not a bad movie at all. If you look at the Ratings on this site, though, you will see a big difference between men and women. Women (especially younger age groups) love it! Men hate it. It is a very involving love story that succeeds in capturing the emotions. Incredible as this may seem, it is a truly romantic story. The reasons it hasn't done better are:

  • Some bad direction has the FBI's attempts to make contact with the heroines look really stupid and clumsy, to the degree that it almost blows your suspension of disbelief.


  • Some of the money spent on this movie could have been much better spent. There is a helicopter sequence involving a shootout that was completely overblown and seemed to have ambitions to look like a movie about the Vietnam war. It portrayed gangsters going on what was in effect a suicide mission, and the real gangsters aren't into that. A more limited and under-stated gunfight sequence (more along the lines of THE GODFATHER; short, nasty and brutish) would have been cheaper and better.


  • The end is rather excellent and courageous, but it shocks the audience in the way that it NEEDS to shock, without pandering to the demands to indulge the addiction of today's audience for sugary endings, and so the movie gets punished in the Ratings. Nonetheless, maybe the ending could have been handled a little better, to take the sting out of it.


There is plenty of room for a sequel showing what happens next, even though the original was filmed years ago.


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