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
The studio heads had Peter Gallagher in mind for the role of Ronny Cammareri, but Cher adamantly wanted Nicolas Cage to play Ronny, as she thought he could play "crazy" more realistically. She shot a screen test with Gallagher, and also one with Cage. After the tests, the studio still wanted Gallagher in the role. However, Cher fought for Cage, insisting that she wouldn't do the movie without him. The studio relented, and Cage was cast. Gallagher would eventually be cast in a similarly themed film, While You Were Sleeping (1995). See more »
When Cosmo is pouring champagne to celebrate Loretta and Ronny's engagement, you see Ronny holding Loretta's left hand with the ring on her middle finger. In the next scene, the ring is on her ring finger. See more »
So wonderful, so quirky, so romantic, so Italian. The film is so feather -light you float off into its refracted reality and you never want to return to the humdrum again. A kitchen sink world of bakeries, and hairdressers, and plumbing, but one that shimmers with a soft luminescence. Should the credit go to the screenplay or the direction? Take your pick -- they're both faultless. Let me get back to that New York City that lies just beyond the looking glass.
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