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Loretta Castorini, a bookkeeper 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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Norman Jewison
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Louis Guss ... Raymond Cappomaggi
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Old Man (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Anita Gillette ... Mona
Leonardo Cimino ... Felix
Paula Trueman ... Lucy
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Chrissy
Joe Grifasi ... Shy Waiter
Gina DeAngeles Gina DeAngeles ... Old Crone
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Life. Family. Love.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bride and the Wolf See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$127,599, 20 December 1987

Gross USA:

$80,640,528

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,640,528
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Cher, Olympia Dukakis and Nicolas Cage; and two Oscar nominees: Vincent Gardenia and Danny Aiello. See more »

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Loretta's grandfather enters the kitchen with dogs in front of him. As he walks through, you can see a leash pulling the dogs from off camera. See more »

Quotes

Rose: My mother has a saying. Do you want to hear it?
Perry: Sure.
Rose: Don't shit where you eat!
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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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I didn't get this film until I married a New Yorker...
14 October 2018 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

...because as a native and life long resident of Dallas watching this in 1988 the ways of Italian Americans living in New York were completely unfamiliar to me. Now I watch it and go - oh yeah, I get it!

Cher is playing Loretta, a 37 year old widow of 7 years who married late for her culture - age 28 - holding out for love only to have her husband get run over by a bus. So when a long time date/friend Johnny Cammareri asks her to marry him, she accepts. As she tells her mother (Olympia Dukakis), she doesn't love him, but she does like him. Then Johnny has to leave town and tells Loretta that he wants her to help him make things right between himself and his brother (Nicholas Cage) who have not spoken for years. And then when these two meet lightning strikes - in a good way - except it's a bad way since Loretta is engaged to Johnny.

Loretta's family has problems too. Her mom knows her dad is having an affair although he has no intention of leaving her. A misunderstanding causes Loretta's extended family to think that she embezzled some money, and a professor in a restaurant who is always getting slapped and left by young girls throws some romantic attention the way of Dukakis' character.

This sounds like it could be serious, but it is just a sweet romantic comedy and at the same time a family comedy very much steeped in the culture of Italian Americans who never left New York after migrating here and thus retain much of the history of their original homeland in their daily life. There is a hilarious confession, great one liners, a hand lost in some machinery years ago, the opera, and ultimately a woman who decides she is too young at age 37 to go around with the hair of a 50 year old. I think it has aged well.


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