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Moonstruck (1987)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 January 1988 (USA)
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Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry (the best friend of her late husband who died seven years previously).


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Life. Family. Love.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

15 January 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bride and the Wolf  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$80,640,528 (USA)

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Screenwriter John Patrick Shanley wrote the film's script with Sally Field in mind for the lead role which in the end was played by Cher instead. See more »


Early in the movie, Loretta greets her grandfather-in-law as he comes down the stairs, but she says "ciao, bella," which is to greet a woman. She should have said "ciao, bello." See more »


Rose: How's the mother?
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La Bohème
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Music by Giacomo Puccini (uncredited)
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica (uncredited)
with Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (uncredited)
Conducted by Tullio Serafin (uncredited)
(Act I: "Questo 'Mar Rosso' mi ammollisce e assidera" / Act I: "O soave fanciulla" / Act II: "Quando men' vo" / Act III: "Addio... Donde lieta usci al tuo grido d'amore")
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Beautiful, romantic
8 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wonderful romance comedy drama about an Italian widow (Cher) who's planning to marry a man she's comfortable with (Danny Aiello) until she falls for his headstrong, angry brother (Nicholas Cage). The script is sharp with plenty of great lines, the acting is wonderful, the accents (I've been told) are letter perfect and the cinematography is beautiful. New York has never looked so good on the screen. A must-see primarily for Cher and Olympia Dukakis--they're both fantastic and richly deserved the Oscars they got. A beautiful, funny film. A must see!

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