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Moonlight and Valentino (1995)

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A young widow still grieving over the death of her husband finds herself being comforted by a local housepainter.

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David Anspaugh

Writers:

Ellen Simon (play), Ellen Simon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Perkins ... Rebecca Trager Lott
Whoopi Goldberg ... Sylvie Morrow
Shadia Simmons ... Jenny Morrow
Erica Luttrell ... Drew Morrow
Matthew Koller Matthew Koller ... Alex Morrow
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Lucy Trager
Kathleen Turner ... Alberta Russell
Scott Wickware Scott Wickware ... Policeman
Kelli Fox ... Nurse
Harrison Liu Harrison Liu ... Mr. Wong
Wayne Lam Wayne Lam ... Mr. Wong's Son
Ken Wong ... Mr. Wong's Father
Carlton Watson Carlton Watson ... Henrik
Jack Jessop Jack Jessop ... Sid
Josef Sommer ... Thomas Trager
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Storyline

College poetry professor and poet Rebecca Trager Lott's husband Ben Lott has just died in a freak accident. Rebecca's support during this difficult time consists of her best friend Sylvie Morrow, her sister Lucy Trager, and her ex-stepmother Alberta Trager. Earth mother Sylvie is dealing with what she sees as the probable end of her own marriage to her husband Paul Morrow. Chain smoking Lucy is a directionless and insecure woman who is still mourning their mother's death fourteen years earlier from cancer. And Wall Street executive Alberta, who Lucy in particular doesn't like in her life (especially as Alberta and their father have since divorced) is a domineering but admittedly efficient woman who treats her personal life as an extension of her professional life. As time progresses and each woman deals with her own issues while trying to help Rebecca, a hunky house painter who they have nicknamed "Valentino" enters their collective lives. "Valentino" profoundly affects each of their ... Written by Huggo

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Virginity, sex, the big cry, and other salty topics.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moonlight et Valentino See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Gross USA:

$2,488,858
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Ellen Simon is Neil Simon's daughter. See more »

Quotes

Alberta Trager: I'd rather imagine a man than know him for sure.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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Dreamer
Written by Toni Childs and David Ricketts
Performed by Toni Childs
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Just great
14 September 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A recently widowed woman (Elizabeth Perkins) tries to cope with the help of her baby sister (Gwyneth Paltrow), ex-stepmother (Kathleen Turner) and best friend (Whoppi Goldberg). Talky but fascinating. All the actresses give great performances with Perkins getting top honors--she's just fantastic in a difficult role. All the characters come across as believable and interesting. The script is great too--they talk and act like real people. Nice soundtrack too. Some may deride this as a "chick flick", but I'm a guy and I loved it! Two (minor) quibbles--Jon Bon Jovi is pretty bad as a painter. He's unattractive, not in shape and pretty wooden. It's no surprise his acting career has gone nowhere. And the ending at the cemetery seemed a little overdone but it still works. But, like I said, these are minor complaints. Well worth seeing.


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