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
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Life. Family. Love.
Did You Know?
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
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
Nice to meet you.
[lifts back Ronny's collar
. Got a love bite on your neck. Your mother's recovered from death.
Oh, great. We're not close, so I'm not really moved.
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
(uncredited) See more