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 has agreed to marry.

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Old Man (as Feodor Chaliapin)
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No sooner does Italian-American widow Loretta accept a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend, Johnny, then she finds herself falling for his younger brother, Ronny. She tries to resist, but Ronny lost his hand in an accident he blames on his brother, and has no scruples about aggressively pursuing her while Johnny is out of the country. As Loretta falls deeper in love, she comes to learn that she's not the only one in her family with a secret romance. Written by Jwelch5742

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Life. Family. Love.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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15 January 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Bride and the Wolf  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$80,640,528 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

During the dinner scene with the "adults" Raymond Cappomaggi is seen with a front shot eating his meal with a fork in his left hand lifting the food into his mouth, and a glass of wine in his right hand. Immediately ensuing, the same scene is shown with the shot now from behind his left shoulder and he puts down his fork with his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Rose: I just want you to know no matter what you do, you're gonna die, just like everybody else.
Cosmo Castorini: Thank you, Rose.
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Referenced in Coach: Loonstruck (1991) See more »

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That's Amore
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Music by Harry Warren (uncredited)
Lyrics by Jack Brooks (uncredited)
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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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