- 1 hr 36 min
A complicated film about mob bosses and secret family connections, Avenging Angelo is told with a witty, tongue-in-cheek style that doesn't detract from the plot. The film follows the exploits of Mafia bodyguard and strongarm Frankie Delano, played by Sylvester Stallone. Frankie has been looking out for boss Angelo Allieghieri and his daughter Jennifer Barret (Madeline Stowe) who was raised by foster parents. When Angelo is murdered, Frankie comes out of the shadows, introduces himself to Jennifer and tells her what he's been doing. Though she's in denial at first, she begins to accept that she is in fact the daughter of a famous mobster. Jennifer has to deal with the fact that her husband, Kip, is cheating on her, and though she's saved from several attempts on her life by Frankie, she still finds that she's falling in love with a man named Marcello, a romance writer that visits with her book club. Though Frankie feels there's something off, he doesn't stop Jennifer from going to Italy with the writer, perhaps starting a new chapter in her life. However, it turns out that Marcello hasn't been honest with her, and that his real name is Gianni Carboni, the son of a rival mob boss whom he believes was killed by Angelo. Carboni has sworn vengeance, and now that Angelo is dead he's carrying it out to the rest of his family line. So it's up to Frankie to go once more into the breech and save Jennifer from trouble. The film ran for 96 minutes, and despite the star power of Sylvester Stallone's name in the title, had less than a million dollars in return from the box office. The film has been reviewed negatively by sites like Rotten Tomatoes, which gives it a 13% freshness rating. Shot in both North America and Italy, it was released overseas only in Italy.