After winning an Academy Award for her role in Mighty Aphrodite, Mira Sorvino became a major player in genre movies ranging from dramatic roles to tough-and-tough action films. Her filmography includes such gems as Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Mimic, and Summer of Sam. In addition to acting, Sorvino has made a name for herself as a TV star. She is a regular on espionage series Condor and has starred in the miniseries Impeachment and Shining Vale.
The Stuff (1985)
Mira Sorvino’s dry humor shines in this cult classic about two women at their high school reunion. She and Lisa Kudrow deliver one hilarious absurdity after another.
This movie sees Sorvino reprising her dim-witted hooker role from Mighty Aphrodite. The innuendos are endless, and she delivers them with such aplomb that she is a joy to watch.
Amongst Friends (1993)
Sorvino may have seemed an odd choice to play a hooker in Mighty Aphrodite, but her talent for dry humor and ability to bounce off the energy of Lisa Kudrow proved her versatility. She rounded out her early career with independent movies like the gangster drama Amongst Friends.
Three affluent friends turn to crime on Long Island’s mean streets. Sorvino shines in this flashy debut by Rob Weiss, but the supporting cast (particularly Joseph Lindsey and Steve Parlavecchio) is weak.
Quiz Show (1994)
Quiz Show is an engrossing drama that doesn’t lose sight of both its human dimensions and social plus cultural commentary. The gomovies film tells the story of the rigged game show scandal Twenty-One in which Charles Van Doren was fixed to lose against Herb Stempel, and Congressional investigator Richard Goodwin’s subsequent probe.
The film takes some liberties with the true-life story, including conflating several events and elevating Goodwin’s role. However, Sorvino and co-stars Rob Morrow (as the needy Stempel) and John Turturro (as Goodwin’s cocky rival) deliver powerful performances.
A brittle fish-out-of-water comedy, Barcelona finds Whit Stillman showing off the skill he developed in his first film. His characters theorize and rationalize, but they can’t avoid making fools of themselves.
With this acclaimed work Sorvino proved that she could hold her own outside the Woody Allen orbit. She began to appear more frequently on TV, starring in the drama Intruders and the espionage series Condor.
The Replacement Killers (1998)
After betraying her crime lord, Sorvino finds herself stalked by professional assassins hired to eliminate him and his family in China. She proves a tough cookie, even dropping some smart one-liners, but her part is so limited she’s reduced to a street-smart cliche.
The DVD includes an anamorphic transfer, commentary from director Fuqua, a 20-minute featurette on the cool of Chow Yun-Fat, and deleted and extended scenes.
Summer of Sam (1999)
While it doesn’t tell the story of every person affected by the Son of Sam murders, this movie still is interesting and worthwhile to watch. John Leguizamo and Mira Sorvino make the film believable and entertaining.
Mira Sorvino won critical praise for her performance in this drama miniseries. The movie is about women trafficked from different countries and how they survive in the harsh world of human slavery.
At First Sight (2001)
A dramatic turn for Sorvino as a government agent who investigates human trafficking. This intense miniseries moves the audience through an array of emotions: rejoicing, sadness, frustration and confusion.
This cult classic was Sorvino’s breakout role and put her on the map. She nailed the dry humor and bounced off of Lisa Kudrow with ease. It’s still a great comedy.
The Great Gatsby (2001)
Since gaining wide recognition with her turn in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Sorvino has proved to be capable of handling anything from light comedies to hard-hitting dramas. Her forays into horror and action show her considerable range.
Sorvino plays Daisy Buchanan in this A&E TV movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. She’s paired with Toby Stephens as the millionaire Gatsby, who woos her.
The Final Cut (2004)
With a cast of big names like Robin Williams and Jim Caviezel, this sci-fi thriller could have been better. Instead, it’s melodramatic and boring.
Director Omar Naim creates a surreal world where memory implants are commonplace. Williams plays a professional who edits sinners’ lives into uncritical memorials for funerals. It’s an intriguing premise that goes nowhere. But it has great acting from its talented cast.
The Girl Who Believed in Miracles (2012)
The daughter of Paul Sorvino has crafted her own career with a variety of interesting projects. From sexy comedy to serious drama, she has delivered some outstanding performances.
Her first major movie role was in Robert Redford’s Quiz Show (1994) and she also starred in the TV miniseries The Buccaneers ( 1995). She won critical acclaim for her performance in Mighty Aphrodite (1995). She started to work more steadily on television and has appeared in a number of shows including a recurring appearance on Modern Family.