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Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  2 July 1986 (USA)
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Two friends from Miami are in the Mediterranian are enjoying life by scamming money off of rich women. One day, they read about a young woman set to inherit $50 million from her father. At ... See full summary »



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Two friends from Miami are in the Mediterranian are enjoying life by scamming money off of rich women. One day, they read about a young woman set to inherit $50 million from her father. At first, Tricky has Christopher Tracy talked into romancing her for her money, but as he gets to know her, Christopher falls in love with her. This love comes between the brothers, and Tricky tells all about the plan... Written by Jathanis <>

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2 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sob o Luar da Riviera  »

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$10,090,429 (USA)

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Filmed in color, released in black and white. See more »


The handwriting "Wrecka Stow" on the napkin changes between the restaurant and the bedroom where Mary Sharon is holding the napkin on her bed. See more »


Christopher Tracy: [talking about Isaac Sharon] He's a little possessive, don't you think?
Mrs. Wellington: He likes to collect things, including people.
Christopher Tracy: You must be his prized possession.
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Referenced in Without You I'm Nothing (1990) See more »


Sometimes It Snows in April
From the album "Parade"
Performed by Prince and The Revolution
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"We had fun, didn't we?"
6 June 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Prince movies are rarely screened in England, and the straight-to-video excursion of Graffiti Bridge has yet to be televised. Of course, Prince's best movie was the concert picture, "Sign O' The Times". Purple Rain, from what I can remember - it too only gets screened on rare occasions - was a decent film, making $7.8 million it's first week in America and going on to earn $70 million over there. Under The Cherry Moon, by contrast, made just $3.2 million in its first week and went downhill from thereon.

Never as bad as the reviews would have you believe, Prince is actually quite personable in his role as Christopher Tracy and pulls off, to my mind, a competent performance. Although the black and white cinematography wasn't intentional, it does come to good effect as he uses his expressive face to homage one or two licks from the silent comedy era. He's especially good when playing opposite Jerome Benton, one of his Time proteges, and, for the purposes of this film at least, a member of The Revolution. Benton again puts in a good performance as his half-brother, Tricky.

Christopher and Tricky are jive talking gigolos, scamming money out of rich women with the promise of marriage. If the idea of Prince becoming a highly-desired gigolo is stretching the imagination, then we excepted it for the even more, er... unconventional looking... Woody Allen. And this was a role Prince was to hold in real life; becoming engaged to Kim Basinger just four years after this film was made. What fails to make the set up convincing is that Christopher's latest target – Mary – has no real onscreen rapport with the star. Kristin Scott Thomas is now an enviably famous actress, The English Patient, The Horse Whisperer and Mission: Impossible just three of the films to her name. Rather a surprise then, that for this, her first film, she looks beautiful but undeniably uncomfortable. This is possibly the major factor as to why something in the picture doesn't quite gel.

But if Prince's acting wasn't to blame, then what was? Certainly, the storyline, for the genre, takes precedence, Prince only singing onscreen three times. (And of those occasions, one is merely humming along to his song on the radio, the other an end titles sequence of the superb "Mountains") Mary Lambert, a pop video director, was originally slated to direct, but the 27-year-old's ambition urged him to take up the reins. Again, direction is adequate, utilising many of the respected Hollywood techniques of the previous five decades. Yet there's the nagging feeling that he's not quite put himself in there, he's merely copying the riffs of those who went before him, with none of his own style. As a result it can look a little flat, although the Paris filming is pleasant on the eye.

Ultimately, though, the film holds no real compulsion for the audience, and there's never truly a moment when you believe the events of the film are real. As for the soundtrack, "Parade" was, fortunately, one of the half dozen or so greatest albums the artist produced, taking its lead from the film with a chic monochrome cover. I'm a huge of Prince's work and hold out for the day when he may make a serious comeback after a series of lacklustre late-90s albums. As a result, I'm glad I saw the movie, though I probably wouldn't watch it a second time. Instead I'd put on the CD and relax to the irresistibly funky electropop and searing falsettos it has to offer.

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