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Moonstruck (1987)

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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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,640,528
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominated film that either Cher or Nicolas Cage have appeared in. See more »

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At the start of the movie, when Johnny and Loretta are in the Italian restaurant, the waiter's sleeves switch back and forth between long sleeves and long sleeves rolled up above the elbow. See more »

Quotes

Loretta Castorini: [after seeing La Boheme] That was so awful.
Ronny Cammareri: Awful?
Loretta Castorini: Beautiful... sad. She died!
Ronny Cammareri: Yes.
Loretta Castorini: I was surprised... You know, I didn't really think she was gonna die. I knew she was sick.
Ronny Cammareri: She had TB.
Loretta Castorini: I know! I mean, she was coughing her brains out, and still she had to keep singing!
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Soundtracks

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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The classic, poetry-filled romantic comedy
10 May 2005 | by jkenny-2See all my reviews

This is certainly in my top-10 favorite movies. It is so filled with poetry and smart humor that the only possible weakness could be that it's too good! I mean, it's so funny and touching throughout that I worry I'm being manipulated by a master of narrative so powerful that I'm overwhelmed. When every scene seems classic then surely it's a cliché, no? Well, anyway, that's my irrational worry. The only lapse in its logic and flow that I can see is that Johnny says he can't get married now because his mother will die. But, wait a minute, didn't she get better because he was getting married? Riddle me this, my friends. That's always bothered me. On the other hand, you can take Nick Cage's speech outside of his apartment and set it to verse and it's a work of passionate art! "We are meant to love the wrong people, etc., etc. " Wham! Beautiful! The ending is my fave, the reconciliation, the links to history & family. Beautiful! Who doesn't wan't to be an Italian (or at least a member of an Italianish family) after seeing this movie? I've been moonstruck for almost 20 years over this flick. Only a smack across the kisser by Cher could snap me out of it. I should be so lucky...


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