Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Mafia! (Touchstone Movie)

“Mafia!” is a comedic parody film released in 1998, directed by Jim Abrahams and starring Jay Mohr, Lloyd Bridges, and Olympia Dukakis. The film is a satirical take on popular mafia and gangster movies, poking fun at the clichés and tropes associated with the genre.

The story follows the character of Anthony Cortino, played by Jay Mohr, who is the son of a powerful mafia boss. Despite being a member of a notorious crime family, Anthony is not interested in following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a mobster. Instead, he dreams of becoming a lawyer and making a positive impact on society.

When his father is unexpectedly killed in a freak accident, Anthony finds himself reluctantly thrust into the position of the new mafia boss. The film humorously portrays Anthony’s struggles to adapt to his new role and the absurd situations he finds himself in.

Throughout the movie, “Mafia!” cleverly parodies iconic scenes and characters from popular mafia films such as “The Godfather,” “Goodfellas,” and “Casino.” It humorously exaggerates the violence, melodrama, and over-the-top performances often associated with mafia movies.

Lloyd Bridges portrays Vincenzo Cortino, Anthony’s grandfather and a veteran mobster who serves as a mentor figure to him. Olympia Dukakis plays the role of Sophia, Anthony’s mother, who tries to protect her son from the dangers of the mafia world.

As Anthony navigates the world of crime and power struggles, he becomes involved in a plot to take over the local water supply, resulting in a hilarious series of mishaps and misunderstandings.

“Mafia!” relies on slapstick humor, wordplay, and witty one-liners to deliver its comedic moments. It also features amusing visual gags and a playful use of parody to lampoon the mafia genre while paying homage to the classic films it references.

While “Mafia!” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, it has since gained a cult following among fans of parody and satire. The film’s irreverent and absurd humor, along with its spot-on spoofs of famous mobster movies, makes it an entertaining watch for those looking for a lighthearted and comical take on the world of organized crime.

Additional Details


  • Jay Mohr: Anthony “Tony” Cortino
  • Lloyd Bridges: Vincenzo Armani Windbreaker Cortino
  • Louis Mandylor: young Vincenzo
  • Jason Fuchs: Vincenzo Cortino: a boy
  • Christina Applegate: Diane Steen
  • Billy Burke: Joey Cortino
  • Pamela Gidley: Pepper Gianini
  • Olympia Dukakis: Sophia Cortino
  • Joe Viterelli: Dominick Clamato
  • Tony Lo Bianco: Cesar Marzoni
  • Blake Hammond: Fatso Paulie Orsatti
  • Phil Suriano: Frankie Totino
  • Vincent Pastore: Gorgoni
  • Marisol Nichols: Carla
  • Carol Ann Susi: Mrs. Clamato
  • Gregory Sierra: Bonifacio


  • Director: Jim Abrahams
  • Producers: Peter Abrams and Robert Levy
  • Writers: Jim Abrahams, Greg Norberg and Michael McManus

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