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
1987 was a busy year for Cher. Along with Moonstruck, she also starred in the feature films Suspect (1987) (with Liam Neeson and Dennis Quaid) and The Witches of Eastwick (1987) (with Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer). It was also the year she resurrected her solo music career with her hit self-titled album Cher. Sadly, it was the unexpected pinnacle of her acting career. She would only follow up with the box office disappointment Mermaids (1990), eventually disappearing from the big screen altogether. She has only made a few film appearances since in films such as Faithful (1996), Tea with Mussolini (1999), and Burlesque (2010). Though she never regained a big status as an actress, her musical career flourished with hits like "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "Believe". She has stated that acting was too demanding after being diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Syndrome in the late 1980s. Her biggest regrets regarding her acting career include turning down roles in Thelma & Louise (1991), The Addams Family (1991), The Piano (1993), and Death Becomes Her (1992). See more »
Loretta is about to marry Johnny Cammareri, and yet she has never been to his bakery and never met his brother. However, this is not impossible -- Johnny could have divested himself from the business after he and his brother fell out. There's no indication in the story that Johnny is involved in the bakery (it could have been named Cammareri Bros. Bakery at an earlier stage, when he and his brother were still on good terms).
So if he isn't involved in the business, and didn't want to talk about his brother in general, it's perfectly possible that Loretta would not go there or even know he had a sibling. See more »
You ruined my life!
No, I didn't.
Oh, yes, you did! Oh, yes, you did! Y'know, you got them bad eyes, like a gypsy, and I don't know why I didn't see it yesterday. Bad luck! That's what it is. Is that all I'm ever gonna have? I should have taken a rock and killed myself years ago!
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As the rest of the end credits roll, the moon is on the left side of the screen. See more »
Maybe we should be committed, but my husband and I have memorized virtually the entire movie. Neither of us has ever been so in love with a film. The reason this movie "struck" us so I think is because it illuminates the human heart at it's romantic best. Not to mention that there is a line in this movie appropriate for almost any of life's experiences. I don't know how we would get through a day without it! I guess we truly are lunatics! Ha. Perhaps in our love relationships, we should see one another in the romantic glow given off by the bella luna. I can't pick a favorite line, but the scene when Loretta first confronts Ronnie in the bakery is powerful, moving, and Nicolas Cage at his very best "I ain't no monument to justice!...". Also, when he walks her to his place in the freezing cold and tells her "we're not here to make things perfect. We are here to ruin ourselves and love the wrong people..." Permission to be passionate and flawed.
Trivia-Did you know that the second slap Loretta gives Ronnie when she tells him to "snap out of it!" was impromptu, and that they both cracked up after that and filmed the rest of that scene struggling not to burst out laughing?
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