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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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$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 »

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During Loretta and Ronny's conversation in Ronny's kitchen, Loretta's glass of whiskey switches back and forth between shots, from near the centre of the table to Loretta's hand. See more »

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Ronny Cammareri: Chrissy, over on the wall, bring me the big knife. I want to cut my throat.
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It Must Be Him
Performed by Vikki Carr (as Vicki Carr)
Courtesy of Liberty Records
Written by Gilbert Bécaud and Maurice Vidalin (uncredited)
English lyrics by Mack David (uncredited)
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One of my top 10 films
13 February 2006 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

There is nothing not to like about Moonstruck. I'm from a New York Italian family and I actually get a little homesick when I watch it. The actors & actresses, the plot, the subplots, the humor.. they were all fantastic. It starts a little slow, but a lot happens in that two days! I fell in love with LaBoheme because of this movie. On my list of favorite movies, Moonstruck is number 3. It's a "feel good" movie where you leave the theatre humming "that's amore" or repeating some of your favorite lines: "old man, if you give those dogs another piece of my food, I'll kick you till you're dead"; "Chrissy, bring me the big knife", "who's dead", "do you love him Loretta....., good because when you do, they drive you crazy because they know they can". I always put Moonstruck on when there's nothing good to watch because it makes me happy.


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