Mafia! (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes


Mafia! (1998)



Critic Consensus: Mafia! promises audiences a spaghetti plate of gangster farce, but only delivers egg noodles and ketchup.

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Satirist Jim Arahams returned with this comedy spoofing the Godfather trilogy, and other films and TV, including Jurassic Park, Lord of the Dance, and Barney. The opening emulates a Saul Bass sequence with Anthony Cortino (Jay Mohr) in a flight amid flames much like Robert De Niro in the Casino credits. After flashbacks go back in time to Sicily, Coppola/Scorsese references abound. Young Vincenzo (Jason Fuchs) travels to America to later become the clumsy chief of organized crime (with the late Lloyd Bridges as the aging Vincenzo) with his sons -- short-fused Joey (Billy Burke) and educated Anthony. Tony's WASP fiancee is Diane (Christina Applegate), recalling Diane Keaton in the Coppola films. During the wedding, assassins try to do away with Don Vincenzo, who's hospitalized, so Tony sets out to gain revenge for the murder attempt. In Vegas, Tony gets involved with showgirl Pepper (Pamela Gidley). When betrayals begin, can violence be far behind? This was Lloyd Bridges' final movie, and the film is dedicated to him.

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Jay Mohr
as Anthony
Lloyd Bridges
as Vincenzo
Pamela Gidley
as Pepper Gianni
Jason Fuchs
as Young Vincenzo
Blake Hammond
as Fatso Paulie
Ursula Burton
as Guess How Many Fingers Gambler
Phil Suriano
as Frankie Totino
Carol Ann Susi
as Clamato's Wife
Gregory Sierra
as Bonifacio
Vera Lockwood
as Rosa Cortino
Martin Charles Warner
as Jimmy Big Features
Joseph Jumbo Rufo
as Willy Denunzio
T.J. Cannata
as The Boy Diane
Louis Mandylor
as Middle-Aged Vincenzo
Georgia Simon
as Middle-Aged Rosa
Joey Dente
as Middle-Age Clamato
Sebastian Aza
as Young Joey
Seth Adkins
as Tiny Anthony
Monica Mikala
as Young Rosa
Anthony Jesse Cruz
as Young Clamato
James Costa
as Immigration Thug
Sofia Milos
as Young Sophia
Anthony Crivello
as Luigi Cortino
Bill Livingston
as Guess The Number Croupier
Gerald Emerick
as Guess The Number Player
Brian Tahash
as Bodyguard
Richard Abraham
as Evil Priest
Frank Birney
as Wedding Priest
Don Bovingloh
as Funeral Priest
Henry R. Harris
as Nonchalant Guy
Dan Klein
as Judas
Pat Harvey
as Newscaster
Jerry Haleva
as Saddam Hussein
Mr. Oh
as Korean Soldier
Jack B. Bernstein
as ATM Man with Double Chin
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Critic Reviews for Mafia!

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (8)

Mafia! is the kind of movie that can never entirely fail, but can succeed to various degrees. It doesn't rank with Abraham's earlier efforts.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Stinky attempt to recapture the magic of "Airplane."

June 14, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Another nail in the coffin of the once hilarious Airplane genre.

August 12, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Okay spoof comedy, but missing a lot of the charm of Zucker movies.

July 22, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Every moment of laughter is punctuated by the loud thud of the next joke. Mohr deserves more than this hackneyed screenplay.

March 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

The freshness date for the joke-a-second comedy style has just about expired.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mafia!


Pretty decent comedy that spoofs crime films. The cast here are pretty good, nothing ever special. The film does manage to bring on a few good laughs, but it's never anything memorable. This is a mindless comedy flick that you realize could have been better. For what it is, it's a good effort, but the result is far from striking. The film definitely makes you smile, as the comedic elements used are pretty stupid. If you want a perfect film to watch with friends, Mafia is the one. Though nothing ever great, this film is still entertaining for what it is. The cast do a decent job here, and despite its limitations, Mafia! Manages to be an entertaining film. Just don't expect anything truly great to come out of this film, as you may be disappointed. Jim Abrahams does a good job directing this film, even if it's not among his greatest comedic achievements, Mafia! Still has enough laughs to be an entertaining flick to watch. The comedic elements aren't too original or clever, but it still manages to be mild fun. As a comedy, Mafia! Does work, even though it's not perfect. The comedy is decent and fun, but overall there also could have been more effort put into this film. As a spoof film, Mafia! Is one of the last spoof films to really be fun to watch, afterwards we had the countless Scary movie clones that would be awful to watch. Despite its faults, Mafia! Is good fun, and a decent flick to watch. I liked the film and felt it brought on good to decent laughs, but at the same time it needed something more to put it in the same league as other classic spoof films such as Airplane! and Hot Shots!

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


I was really looking forward to seeing this film last night as I am a huge fan of the Airplanes, Hot Shots, Police Squads, Naked Guns and Top Secret. I found this on lovefilm and thought - why have i never heard of this? I haven't laughed this hard for ages. I admire the filmmakers so much for being so clever and entertaining. The production values are really high as well, everything looks quality and well made. Older films like Airplane etc can look cheap but it adds to their charm, so it was nice to see this modern film which was hardly a blockbuster, made so well and looking like the budget was much higher. Of course not every joke tickled my funny bone, I could have done without the farting, spewing and when Lloyd Bridges get shot up but people think he's dancing. But apart from that I found it absolutely hilarious and I can't wait to see it again. Jay Mohr is so great - if you can, watch Action. It's a TV series he did, only one series but it's soooo good! Really funny and totally uncheesy like all American sitcoms feel they have to be. It's about a Hollywood producer. Anyway, back to Mafia. The writers have worked so hard, not only on the script but the visual gags, injokes and references. I love spotting a funny poster, or something in the credits. Everyone has put so much effort into making this movie the best and the funniest it could be. I was stunned by the low rating but hey, different strokes for different folks. If you are reading the comments, deciding whether or not to rent/buy this movie, I definitely think you should - especially if you are a fan of Airplane,Top Secret, Police Squad, Naked Gun, Police Academy and Hot Shots. Fun Fact! Actor Jay Mohr is allergic to poi What the hell is poi?

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

The spoof comed which is a comical tribute to all the great Amercian gangster movies. Perhaps, not quite as amusing as I remember, but a good watch and if you?ve seen all the original films that this film references, then of course you will find the funnier side.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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