Sophia Loren's Angela Movie Review
A Gritty Dark Movie, Sophia Loren's Angela
Sophia Loren's ANGELA is a gritty and dark 1978 film shot in Montreal, Canada. It is based on the life of a prostitute who becomes a waitress when she learns she is pregnant and needs to support her child. The father of the child returns from the Korean War, disbelieves that the little boy is his and arranges to have the baby kidnapped by his employer, a mob boss. Many years later, the boy (now a man) and the mother meet.
Angela is not a high quality film and is actually considered a subpar production which was passed onto video quickly. When I watched this movie on VHS, I wondered if the tape was bad or if the quality was bad initially and now I know that it was not just the quality of the actual videotape in my possession. Apparently, even the DVD version is not a crisp and clean movie. People find fault with the transfer from video to DVD but the fault, apparently, lies with the quality of the original movie.
Angela is available as part of a two-movie DVD set called The Sophia Loren Signature Collection or on its own as a VHS videotape. On this page, you'll find more information about the movie as well as sources to buy your copy.
It is rumoured that Sophia was unhappy during the making of this film because she was missing her children, was working under severe cold temperatures (welcome to Canada) and was having problems with the director, Boris Sagal.
- DIRECTOR:: Boris Sagal
- WRITER: Charles E. Israel
- STUDIO: Braun Entertainment Group
- MOVIE RELEASE DATE: Apri 19, 1978 in Italy
- VHS RELEASE DATE: October 18, 1990
- RUN TIME: 90 minutes
- RATED: Not Rated
Sophia Loren as Angela Kincaid
Steve Railsback as Jean Lebrecque
John Huston as Hogan
John Vernon as Ben Kincaid
Michelle Rossignol as Coco
Amazon Description Of The Storyline
"Can a mother's love for her son (who was kidnapped at birth) be discovered by the two of them 20 years later? Angela (Sophia Loren) knows who was responsible, but fighting the mob, a deranged husband, and having no way to find her son leaves her hardened and cold. But then a young man comes into her life. . .and a bond grows. A bond deeper than physical attraction. . .a bond that is stronger than life itself. John Huston is menacing as the mob leader, Sophia Loren is superb as the beautiful yet long-suffering mother, and the action is explosive as the forces of good and evil collide head on." ~ Amazon
My Thoughts on Angela in 100 Words or Less
This was a gritty movie and at the beginning I had a hard time being absorbed by it. However, when I was taken by the story I felt that Railsback, the love-struck young man, and Sophia, as the aging mother, both did good jobs with their roles. I cared what happened to them. I cannot help wondering if part of the dark picture and poor quality of this film was intentional...it certainly, in my mind, conveyed an appropriate mood for the subject matter.
Sophia Loren Filmography - Sophia Loren fans will enjoy this next link which takes you to a Filmography by Fandango.
- Sophia Loren Filmography
"The voluptuous Sophia Loren was among the most successful international stars of the postwar era; not only did she rise to fame as a sex symbol, but she also won a measure of critical acclaim rarely afforded most of her foreign-born contemporaries."
A 1978 Angela Movie Review From La Stampa
A tough review for a movie that was not well received even in 1978.
"A fumettone, nothing more than a cheap soap opera which Sagal has directed with conscious skill, scrupulously pursuing every clich in regard to both imagery and lines. If it were only a feuilleton one could forgive it, but it's a feuilleton which aspires to Greek tragedy, and the difference between this story and Greek tragedy is as great as that between Beethoven's Ninth and Migliavacca's mazurka." - Hugio Buzzolan, La Stampa, 23 apr 1978
Who Should Watch Angela?
- Without question, those who love Sophia Loren should watch Angela. I would say she was pretty good in this movie.
- Those who love mob movies will also enjoy this film.
- Those who enjoy classic movies might like to watch it so that they can add this movie to their list of infamous movies seen.
- Finally, those who enjoy a tense drama would also enjoy viewing Angela.
Order Your Copy of Sophia Loren's Angela Movie From Amazon
The movie Angela is marked simply, 'Not Rated.' However, the subject matter of the mob, kidnapping and incest are definitely NOT child fare. By today's standards though the sexual scenes are not explicit and the level of violence is much more reasonable and were not enough to make me very overly uncomfortable. I guess my 16-year old could see this although I would not want him to. I believe he would find the movie intriguing but the incest disturbing and I would definitely have been uncomfortable watching it with him.
Sophia Loren Signature Collection
It is my understanding that Sophia Loren's Angela is available on DVD as part of the Sophia Loren Signature Collection. However, it is frequently unavailable on Amazon.
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