Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride This must be the week for intriguing junk: first An Inconvenient Woman , and now this, a four-hour miniseries shot mostly in Italy (Italy again,… Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride This must be the week for intriguing junk: first An Inconvenient Woman , and now this, a four-hour miniseries shot mostly in Italy (Italy again,… 1991-05-13 Drama Miniseries Stuart Margolin Carol Alt Eric Roberts Syndicated
TV Review

Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (1991)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Start Date: May 13, 1991; Genres: Drama, Miniseries; With: Carol Alt and Eric Roberts; Network: Syndicated

This must be the week for intriguing junk: first An Inconvenient Woman, and now this, a four-hour miniseries shot mostly in Italy (Italy again, too!). Vendetta is about — well, just what its title says: Model Carol Alt plays a young woman with ties to the Mafia who has spent her life looking for the man who murdered her father when she was a child.

An American living in Italy, she meets another expatriate, a charming guy played by Eric Roberts (Runaway Train). They fall in love, and Ennio De Concini's script requires Alt to gaze at the moon and murmur, ''When I first saw him, my heart was in my throat; I was frightened, like I was dying, but it was because I was so happy.'' Heart, throat, dying, happy — Carol, babe, you are one crazy, mixed-up Mafia bride.

It turns out that Roberts is the hit man who offed Alt's dear old dad, which puts a nasty crimp in their affair. The plot is foolish, but the acting in Vendetta is engaging. Alt seems a little awkward and inexperienced, but that suits her earnest, wistful character. Roberts creates a vivid personality by swallowing his lines ("You're playing a very dangerous game" deserves to be swallowed, don't you think?) and by turning his hit man into a hyperactive romantic — he's always fidgeting, fingering an unlit cigarette or a knife, bobbing up and down on the balls of his feet instead of standing still in a scene.

Roberts may simply have been trying to keep himself interested in this predictable story, but he ends up performing the same function for us. C+

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Originally posted May 10, 1991 Published in issue #65 May 10, 1991 Order article reprints
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