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Moonstruck (1987)

Cast: Cher, Cher, Nicolas Cage, more...
Director: Norman Jewison, Norman Jewison
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedies, Romantic Comedy, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 102 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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When there's a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen, and everything happens in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini (Cher) lives. First, Loretta agrees to marry a man she does not love, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello), simply because he knows how to propose properly. Before the wedding can take place, Cammareri must visit his dying mother in Sicily. In his absence, Loretta is supposed to try to patch up the differences between Johnny and his brother, bakery operator Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage). Having never forgiven Johnny for indirectly causing the accident that crippled him, Ronny flies into a rage whenever his brother's name is mentioned. He does, however, fall for Loretta like a ton of bricks. After a torrid affair, Loretta tries to avoid Ronny out of respect to Johnny, but he's just too fascinating to resist. Meanwhile, Loretta's father (Vincent Gardenia) is fooling around with his mistress Mona (Anita Gillette), while Loretta's mother (Olympia Dukakis) is wooed by a college professor (John Mahoney). These brief flings are forgiven and forgotten, but there's still the delicate situation of Loretta being in love with her future brother-in-law. A now-classic romantic comedy, Moonstruck won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis, and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Guilty Pleasure by jmwagner66 January 27, 2012 - 5:53 PM PST
I love this flick. I hate most romances. I hate overacting. I hate an overwrought soundtrack. I hate many things that this film is. And yet, taken as a whole it is wonderful. I love the overacting when it's Cher and Nicolas Cage having angry makeup sex the first day they meet. I love it when it's Olympia Dukakis complaining about her husband having a mistress. I love the smarmy soundtrack (most of the time) with the gratuitous opera clips. Some people really are that over the top and since almost every character in the film is too much, they come out just right.

Wonderful Romantic Comedy by jiannette October 23, 2002 - 6:43 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This is a wonderful, funny, and lighthearted love story set in Little Italy. The film truly has a magical quality, with vibrant writing, and superb acting. Academy Award level performances by Cher and Olympia Dukakis.

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(Average 6.53)
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