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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Bovasso ...
Louis Guss ...
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...
Old Man (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Paula Trueman ...
Nada Despotovich ...
Shy Waiter
Gina DeAngeles ...
Old Crone


Loretta Castorini, a Brooklyn bookkeeper in her late 30s whose husband died several years earlier in a bus accident, decides it's time to get married again. So she accepts the proposal of a nice, middle-aged fellow named Johnny Cammareri. Loretta is convinced her first marriage was cursed because she and her husband had gotten married at City Hall; this time, she's determined to do things right, even as she admits to her mother, Rose, that she's not really in love with Johnny. (To which Rose replies: "Good. When you love them, they drive you crazy, 'cause they know they can." Rose speaks from rueful experience; she suspects, with good reason, that her husband, Cosmo, is cheating on her.) Loretta is convinced that marrying Johnny is the safe and sure thing to do - until she meets his estranged younger brother Ronny, who tends the ovens in a neighborhood bakery. Loretta discovers that in startling contrast to the pleasant, mild-mannered Johnny, Ronny is moody and passionate; what follow... Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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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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The opening title sequence was originally played on the score from "La bohème" opera but was changed to the Dean Martin track "That's Amore" as the preview drew negative test audience reaction. Many shifted uncomfortably on their seats thinking that they had been lured into an art film. See more »


Loretta goes to meet Ronny Cammareri at the Cammareri Bros Bakery. She is about to marry Johnny Cammareri, and yet she has never been to his bakery and never met his brother. Apparently she doesn't know her fiancé very well. See more »


Loretta Castorini: [on the phone with Johnny] Call me after you tell her... and uh, don't stand directly under the sun - you got a hat, use your hat.
Johnny: Ok, I got my hat, all right.
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Referenced in Monster in a Box (1992) See more »


La Bohème
Performed by Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects, a division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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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Back in old Napoli, that's amore...
9 September 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Deliriously romantic comedy with intertwining subplots that mesh beautifully and actors who bounce lines off each other with precise comic timing, a feat that is beautiful to behold. When Cher's spineless fiancé asks her to help him make peace with his estranged, moody younger brother, no one could dream the consequences which follow. Operatic symbolism, Catholic church confessions, love bites and falling snow..."Moonstruck" is timeless and smooth. It takes about 15 minutes for the picture's rhythm to kick in (there's an early sequence with the grandfather and his dogs at the cemetery that's a little rough, and a following scene with Cosmo and the elderly man at the gate that seems obtuse), but the patchwork of the plot is interwoven with nimble skill, and the movie's wobbly tone and kooky spirit are both infectious. ***1/2 from ****

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