Picks and Pans Review: Love, Honor & Obey: the Last Mafia Marriage

updated 05/24/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/24/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., Mar 23, 9 p.m. ET)


This chintzy melodrama is the Godmother of all Mafia films, explaining life in the Mob from a woman's point of view. Among the oft-pondered etiquette questions tackled: How does the lady of the house occupy herself when her man goes to the mattresses? What is a suitable outfit when visiting your husband in jail? How do you stretch a veal dinner to feed a capo and 10 beefy bodyguards who show up unannounced?

Nancy McKeon plays Rosalie Profaci, who marries Bill Bonanno (Eric Roberts), the son of crime boss Joe Bonanno (Ben Gazzara), thus joining together two powerful New "York Mafia families. Among the familiar TV faces showing up in this dim, derivative film, which concludes Tuesday night, are Alex Rocco, Peter Jurasik, George Wyner and Graham Jarvis.

The set design and costuming are good, but the atrociously false casting and script give the movie all the class of a screw-top Chianti.

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