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15 January 1988 (USA) See more »
Life. Family. Love.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cher ... Loretta Castorini

Nicolas Cage ... Ronny Cammareri

Vincent Gardenia ... Cosmo Castorini

Olympia Dukakis ... Rose Castorini

Danny Aiello ... Mr. Johnny Cammareri

Julie Bovasso ... Rita Cappomaggi

John Mahoney ... Perry
Louis Guss ... Raymond Cappomaggi

Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Old Man (as Feodor Chaliapin)

Anita Gillette ... Mona

Leonardo Cimino ... Felix
Paula Trueman ... Lucy
Nada Despotovich ... Chrissy

Joe Grifasi ... Shy Waiter
Gina DeAngeles ... Old Crone

Robin Bartlett ... Barbara
Helen Hanft ... Lotte
David S. Howard ... Irv
Robert Weil ... Bobo

Amy Aquino ... Bonnie
Tony Azito ... Conti
Frank Gio ... Florist (as Frankie Gio)
Ann McDonough ... Nancy
John Christopher Jones ... Lowell

Lisa Howard ... Patricia

Cynthia Dale ... Sheila
Anthony Messuri ... Priest
Martha Collins ... Mimi
John Fanning ... Rodolfo
Antonia Minella ... Vesta
Nicholas Pasco ... Eddie
Al Therrien ... Bob
Lou Pitoscia ... Mook
Gilberto Godoy ... Rocco

Louis Di Bianco ... Jimmy
Betti Orsatti ... Woman in Hair Salon
Michael Barbaro ... Pietro
Antonio Pariselli ... Franco
Corrado Gianna ... Old Man
Tommy Hollis ... Parking Attendant
Matt Myers ... Cab Driver
Michael Dunster ... P.A. Announcer
Stella Bruno ... Old Woman
Mimi Cecchini ... Old Woman
Mimi Lizio ... Ruby
Tim Koetting ... Al
Gerard Flannery ... Harvey
Robert Payson ... Man at Bar

Catherine Scorsese ... Customer at Bakery
Jack K. Tsirakis ... Bar Patron (as Jack Tsirakis)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Giardina ... Opera Patron (uncredited)

Ann Green ... Italian lady in restaurant (uncredited)

David Hummel ... Opera Patron (uncredited)

Cathy Ladman ... Beautician in hair salon (uncredited)

Peter Austin Noto ... Opera Patron (uncredited)

Helen Proimos ... Opera Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
Writing credits
John Patrick Shanley (written by)

Produced by
Norman Jewison .... producer
Bonnie Palef .... associate producer (as Bonnie Palef-Woolf)
Patrick J. Palmer .... producer (as Patrick Palmer)
Original Music by
Dick Hyman 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
Film Editing by
Lou Lombardo 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
Philip Rosenberg 
Art Direction by
Dan Davis 
Barbra Matis 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
Makeup Department
Ann Brodie .... makeup artist: Toronto
James D. Brown .... hair stylist: Toronto (as James Brown)
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist: Cher
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist: New York
Ed Jackson .... makeup artist: New York
Renate Leuschner .... hair stylist: Cher
Production Management
Bonnie Palef .... production manager: Toronto (as Bonnie Palef-Woolf)
Roger Paradiso .... unit production manager: New York
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sue Fellows .... DGA trainee: New York (as Susan Fellows)
Lewis Gould .... first assistant director: New York
David McAree .... first assistant director: Toronto
Gregory Palmer .... second assistant director: New York
Ann Petrie .... second unit director: New York
Andrew Shea .... second assistant director: Toronto
Stephen Wertimer .... second assistant director: New York
Art Department
Guenter Bartlik .... scenic artist: Toronto
Hank Bauer .... construction supervisor: New York
Michael Bird .... set dresser: New York
Billy Bishop .... assistant property master: New York
J. Tracy Budd .... property master: Toronto
Bruno De La Celle .... assistant property master: Toronto
Jaro Dick .... set decorator: Toronto
Tony Gamiello .... set dresser: New York
Mike Harris .... set dresser: Toronto
Weits Jekel .... construction supervisor: Toronto
Elena Kenney .... set dresser: Toronto
Nikita Knatz .... sketch artist: New York
Jon Linder .... scenic artist: New York
Anthony Matteo .... art department trainee: Toronto
Jimmy Raitt .... property master: New York
Richard Reseigne .... construction design coordinator: Toronto
Siv Sandstrom .... art department coordinator
Philip Smith .... set decorator: New York
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... assistant sound editor: Toronto
Steven J. Balzarini .... boom operator: New York (as Steve Balzarini)
Ross Carter .... assistant sound editor: Toronto
Alison Clark .... sound effects editor: Toronto
Michael DiCosimo .... stereo consultant: Dolby, Toronto
Paul Durand .... assistant sound editor: Toronto
Alison Fisher .... assistant sound editor: Toronto
Alison Grace .... dialogue editor: Toronto
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recording mixer: Toronto
Sharon Lackie .... supervising sound editor: Toronto
Dennis Maitland .... sound mixer (as Dennis L. Maitland)
Kim Maitland .... sound assistant: New York
Andy Malcolm .... foley editor: Toronto (as Andrew Malcolm)
Michael O'Farrell .... supervising sound editor: Toronto
Jim Thompson .... boom operator: Toronto (as James L. Thompson)
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer: Toronto
William Lee .... sound trainee (uncredited)
Michael Liotta .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Lemmen .... special effects: Toronto (as David Lemmem)
Tony Parmelee .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... plate cameraman: moon opticals (as Matt Beck)
Bruno George .... plate cameraman: moon opticals
Ronald B. Moore .... optical supervisor: moon opticals (as Ron Moore)
Mark Vargo .... visual effects supervisor: moon opticals
Dave Gregory .... optical composite photography: Robert Abel & Associates (uncredited)
Ken Pontac .... visual effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Daprato .... dolly grip: Toronto (as Robert DaPrato)
Steve Ferrier .... best boy: Toronto
Vincent Galindez .... second assistant camera: New York
Eric Gerrard .... camera trainee: Toronto (as Eric Gerard)
Kenneth Goss .... key grip: New York (as Ken Goss)
Tim Guinness .... best boy: New York
Gábor Kövér .... first assistant camera: New York (as Gabor Kover)
Harald Ortenburger .... camera operator
Bill Reinhart .... dolly grip: New York (as Bill Reinhardt)
Thom Ryan .... first assistant camera: Toronto
Frank Schulz .... chief lighting technician: New York
Dave Sheridan .... second assistant camera: Toronto (as David Sheridan)
Randy Tambling .... key grip: Toronto
Rae Thurston .... chief lighting technician: Toronto
Jürgen Vollmer .... still photographer: New York (as Jurgen Vollmer)
David Whittaker .... still photographer: Toronto
Casting Department
Sam Broomall .... casting assistant: New York
Blanca Jansuzian .... extras casting: Toronto
Dennis Osborne .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ursula Brooke .... wardrobe assistant: Toronto
Arthur Rowsell .... costumer: Toronto
Guy Tanno .... costumer: men, New York
Rose Trimarco .... costumer: women, New York (as Rose Trimarco Cuervo)
Suzy Benzinger .... costume executor (uncredited)
Barbara Matera .... costume executor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Rosmary Conte .... second assistant editor: Toronto
J. Kathleen Gibson .... assistant editor: New York (as Kathleen Gibson)
Bob Hausler .... color timer: Toronto
John Hill .... stand-by editor: New York
Michael Jewison .... editor trainee: Toronto
Lee Michael Searles .... first assistant editor: Toronto
Location Management
Beth Boigon .... location manager: Toronto
Jeff Flach .... assistant location manager: New York
Michael Fruhling .... location assistant: New York
Steve Schottenfeld .... location manager: New York (as Steven Schottenfeld)
Music Department
Dick Hyman .... music adaptor
Judy 'Lucky' Kemeny .... assistant music editor (as Judy Kemeny)
Carl Zittrer .... supervising music editor: Toronto
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Craig S. Kohne .... transportation captain: Toronto (as Craig Kohne)
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation coordinator: New York (as Harry Leavey)
James Sweeney .... transportation captain: New York (as Jim Sweeney)
Nick Sweetman .... transportation coordinator: Toronto
Other crew
Stephen Auerbach .... production assistant: New York
Kelley Baker .... assistant: Mr. Jewison
Alexia Beach .... craft service: Toronto
Toni Blay .... assistant production coordinator: Toronto
Renee Bodner .... script supervisor: New York
Julie Bovasso .... dialogue coach
Katherine Broadfoot .... caterer: J.C. Canadian Catering, Toronto
Elizabeth Broden .... assistant: Mr. Jewison
Stefani Brown .... production assistant: Toronto
Sam Bruskin .... production assistant: New York
Vince Burns .... production assistant: New York
Jan A. Campbell .... production accountant
Christopher Cook .... production associate
Susanna David .... script supervisor: Toronto
Michael DeCasper .... production assistant: New York (as Mike DeCasper)
Lynn Elston .... assistant accountant
Gino Empry .... unit publicist: Toronto
Laura Gross .... production assistant: New York
Tina Hong .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Peter Hume .... production assistant: New York
Thomas A. Imperato .... assistant accountant: New York
Lotfi Mansouri .... opera sequence: Toronto
Jackie Martin .... production coordinator: New York
Roberta Mayer .... assistant accountant: Toronto
Ron Mitchell .... production assistant
Gregory Palmer .... unit talent coordinator: Toronto
Debbie Paull .... assistant: Cher (as Deborah Paull)
Ann Petrie .... production observer: New York
Paul Pettigrew .... production assistant
Fred Plotkin .... opera consultant
Jeremy Podeswa .... production assistant: Toronto
Stacie Rauch .... assistant: Mr. Chaliapin, New York
Valley Via Reseigne .... production coordinator: Toronto
Suzanne Rothbaum .... assistant to producer
Eoin Sprott .... hand designer: Mr. Cage, Toronto (as Eion Sprott)
Joanne Tickle .... assistant: Mr. Chaliapin, Toronto
Peter Watson .... production assistant: Toronto
Jeff Woolnough .... production observer: Toronto
Braden Wright .... unit publicist: Toronto
John Rubino .... production assistant (uncredited)
Larry Auerbach .... the producers wish to thank
Lenny Brooks .... the producers wish to thank (as Leonard Brooke)
Dominic Cortese .... the producers wish to thank
Jeannine Edmunds .... the producers wish to thank
Gilberto Godoy .... the producers wish to thank
Lynn Lombardo .... the producers wish to thank
Ron Meyer .... the producers wish to thank
Finn Quinn .... the producers wish to thank
Roger Sherman .... the producers wish to thank
Joe Violante .... the producers wish to thank (as Joey Violante)
Crew believed to be complete

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102 min
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Did You Know?

Nicolas Cage plays Ronny, a man with only one hand. In Cage's previous role in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Cage's character begged Peggy to marry him, saying he doesn't know what the future might bring: he might lose his arm.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Ronny demands that Loretta comes to bed with him, she reaches out to hold his artificial hand, and his thumb moves.See more »
Rose:No, I think the house is empty. I can't invite you in because I'm married. Because I know who I am.See more »
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22 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Superb Craftsmanship in Our Finest Romantic Comedy!, 14 January 2005
Author: Jimmy Winokur from Denver CO, United States

This film stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of cinematic romantic comedies. It is virtually flawless! The writing, acting, production design, humor and pathos are all wonderful! Even the music -- from Dean Martin to La Boheme -- is captivating and delightful!

Every character is peculiarly delightful and memorable, from the leads played by Cher and Nicolas Cage, to the many supporting roles -- Olympia Dukakis , Vincent Gardenia, John Mahoney, Danny Aiello -- even grandpa with his dog pack! Each of these performers, plus Norman Jewison as Director, performs above their normal quality in this ensemble work. For several of the actors, this was an early major exposure in film, so the casting is also exceptional -- and we have many current acting powerhouses whose careers were altered by their effectiveness in this film.

I've seen this film several times all the way through -- which can sometimes deflate the impact of a film substantially. More tellingly, I realized some years ago that whenever I channel-surfed my way into a scene from this film -- any scene -- the scene was compelling and beautifully crafted. There are so many stunning and memorable scenes the original meeting between the Cher and Nicolas Cage characters, where Cage tells his tale of woe; Vincent Gardenia discovered with his paramour at the opera, amidst the splendor generated by his gold-mine plumbing business; Olympia Dukakis scolding John Mahoney for philandering with his student in the classic line about liaisons with co-workers: "Don't sh-t where you eat!"; Danny Aiello at his dying mother's bedside; Nicolas Cage "taking" Cher as the rapture of an aria soars in the background!

There are of course many great romantic comedies, among them Sabrina (both versions, but especially the Audrey Hepburn/Humphrey Bogart/William Holden original); When Harry Met Sally; The Apartment.

None quite equals Moonstruck!

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