May 15, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Bella Mafia

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Illeana Douglas, Dennis Farina, Nastassja Kinski, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Tilly
director
David Greene
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

There are more layers of intrigue in this tale of Mafia revenge than there are layers of cheese in lasagna. The magnanimous Redgrave won a Golden Globe nomination for her fiery turn as Graziella, the Luciano clan matriarch who goes from supportive wife to hell-bent widow when she rallies her daughters-in-law to take arms against their husbands’ killers. The rest of Bella Mafia feels like Godfather leftovers, since the fresh twist of Mafia wives ruthlessly carrying on the family biz doesn’t kick in until two-thirds of the way through. But tasty performances by Redgrave et al. make this condensed CBS TV movie, which aired last November, as irresistible as tiramisu. B

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