Moonstruck

Moonstruck

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Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia

     
 

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When there's a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen, and everything happens in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini (Cher) lives. First, Loretta agrees to marry a man she does not love, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello), simply because he knows how to propose properly. Before the wedding can take place, Cammareri must visit his dying

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When there's a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen, and everything happens in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini (Cher) lives. First, Loretta agrees to marry a man she does not love, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello), simply because he knows how to propose properly. Before the wedding can take place, Cammareri must visit his dying mother in Sicily. In his absence, Loretta is supposed to try to patch up the differences between Johnny and his brother, bakery operator Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage). Having never forgiven Johnny for indirectly causing the accident that crippled him, Ronny flies into a rage whenever his brother's name is mentioned. He does, however, fall for Loretta like a ton of bricks. After a torrid affair, Loretta tries to avoid Ronny out of respect to Johnny, but he's just too fascinating to resist. Meanwhile, Loretta's father (Vincent Gardenia) is fooling around with his mistress Mona (Anita Gillette), while Loretta's mother (Olympia Dukakis) is wooed by a college professor (John Mahoney). These brief flings are forgiven and forgotten, but there's still the delicate situation of Loretta being in love with her future brother-in-law. A now-classic romantic comedy, Moonstruck won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis, and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The 1987 hit Moonstruck, a modest romantic comedy that proved an unlikely Oscar powerhouse, has weathered the passage of time far better than most '80s films. The virtuoso performances certainly figure in the picture's enduring appeal: Top-billed Cher and supporting player Olympia Dukakis both walked off with Oscars, while up-and-comer Nicolas Cage and character actor Danny Aiello also delivered hilarious turns. Cher truly shines as Loretta Castorini, a dour, superstitious, but attractive widow who accepts a marriage proposal from decent but unprepossessing Johnny Cammareri (Aiello). Resigned to a financially secure but passionless union, Loretta initially dismisses the immature advances of Johnny's tempestuous younger brother, Ronny (Cage), but eventually comes to love him. Loretta's feisty, plainspoken mother (Dukakis) has plenty to say about her daughter's choices, and interference from her could throw the situation into chaos. Director Norman Jewison, working from an unusually trenchant script by John Patrick Shanley -- who also won an Oscar -- skillfully realizes the writer's richly detailed, often subtle vignettes about working-class Italian-American families in New York City. The Loretta-Ronny romance evolves along decidedly unconventional lines, and the brothers' rivalry is resolved touchingly, without resorting to crude comedic gimmicks or cheap melodramatic hokum. Sharply written, incisively directed, and beautifully acted, Moonstruck has earned its place among the screen's classic comedies.
All Movie Guide
The overused phrase "intoxicating romantic comedy" is undeniably accurate when applied to Moonstruck. The movie that gave Cher an Oscar, it is an unabashedly romantic affair, high on its own brand of wacky ethnicity and sage, voluptuous observations of love and human nature. Aside from being one of Norman Jewison's best-loved films, Moonstruck also featured several of its actors in some of the best performances of their screen careers. In particular, Nicolas Cage's portrayal of wolfish, one-handed Ronny endeared him to legions of female filmgoers who were charmed by his off-kilter charisma, while Cher's portrayal of the weary, practical Loretta established her as a movie star worth watching no matter what the quality of the movie. A great deal of Moonstruck's strength also came from the performances of its supporting actors, with Olympia Dukakis in particular providing gravity and dry wit as the Castorini family matriarch. Moonstruck is an enduring classic, one of the best "date" movies ever made.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2006
UPC:
0027616143129
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
4,029

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary featuring Cher, Director Norman Jewison and writer John Patrick Shanley; "Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family" documentary; "Music of Moonstruck" featurette; "Pasta to Pastries: The Art of Fine Italian Food" - Interactive map of Little Italy; Collectible Italian recipe cards

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cher Loretta Castorini
Nicolas Cage Ronny Cammareri
Vincent Gardenia Cosmo Castorini
Olympia Dukakis Rose Castorini
Danny Aiello Johnny Cammareri
Julie Bovasso Rita Cappomaggi
John Mahoney Perry
Louis Guss Raymond Cappomaggi
Feodor Chaliapin Mr. Castorini,Loretta's Grandfather
Anita Gillette Mona
Nada Despotovich Chrissy
Joe Grifasi Shy Waiter
Robin Bartlett Barbara
Helen Hanft Lotte
David S. Howard Ira
Robert Weil Bobo
Amy Aquino Bonnie
Tony Azito Cortie
Frank Gio Florist
Ann McDonough Nancy
John Jones Lowell
Lisa Howard Patricia
Cynthia Dale Sheila
Nicholas Pasco Eddie
Al Therrien Bob
Louis di Bianco Jimmy
Tommy Hollis Parking Attendant
Matt Myers Cab Driver
Mimi Cecchini Old Woman
Catherine Scorsese Customer at Bakery
Max Raven Angry Passenger

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director,Producer
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Davis Art Director,Production Designer
Howard Feuer Casting
Dick Hyman Score Composer
Lou Lombardo Editor
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Matis Art Director
Bonnie Palef-Woolf Associate Producer
Patrick Palmer Producer
Lee Rich Producer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
John Patrick Shanley Screenwriter
Philip Smith Set Decoration/Design
Lofti Travolta Choreography
David Watkin Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Moonstruck
1. Start [4:11]
2. A Proposal Done Right [9:27]
3. Telling the Family [11:48]
4. "I Lost My Hand!" [8:33]
5. The Wolf and the Bride [6:00]
6. As Big As the Moon [7:39]
7. Nothing to Talk About [2:10]
8. A Night at the Opera [7:41]
9. Why Men Chase Women [4:14]
10. See No Evil... [7:43]
11. Johnny Is Back [9:42]
12. Wedding Off, Wedding On [6:45]

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Moonstruck 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ethnic family theme. Great acting and enjoyable plot. Have watched it many times over the years.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Pretty good movie. I wondered which movie that quote, "Snap out of it!" was from. Obviously from this movie. At first I thought it was from another Cher movie called Mermaids. I don't know. Like I said pretty good movie and funny and cute.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A timeless film that can make a gray day, sunny and cheerful. Great dialogue, music, and actors make the film a modern classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the greatest Cher movie I have seen. Even though I have only seen two of her movies this was the greater. The actors are great. The suspense and drama between the characters was fully portrayed. Cher was great, funny and playful. Everyone who is into Cher sould really see this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love the movie, hate pan and scan. This needs to be re-released in wide screen format; would then be 5 star
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't buy this DVD. Wait until it comes out in Widescreen format! This stinks
Lisa_Waters More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! Well Acted! Great script! Full of passion!
FoxyPainter More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie. This movie helped make me a Nicolas Cage fan. All the actors were great in their roles. Very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie. I am already a fan of Nicolas Cage and Cher, so I thought I would enjoy it. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed all the characters. So many lines from the movie made me laugh out loud. I would highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moonstruck is a funny,unforgettable movie. The performances of the stars is unforgetable. It "smacks" of truth in ones' life - but does so with a sense of humor, i.e., purported love affair of the father. I've seen the movie so many times and still love it.
AprilFool04 More than 1 year ago
Moonstruck is my favorite movie and has been for many years. It has all the charm and nuances of a classic. Cher does a fabulous job, as do the others in this all-star cast, potraying a very quirky woman denying her search for love. One of my favorite lines: Rose (Loretta's mother) says to Loretta (Cher)"Loretta, do you love him?" Loretta replies "Ma, I love him awful." Rose says "That's too bad." See it!
PatriciaR More than 1 year ago
Moonstruck is a wonderful romantic comedy that stands the test of time. It is about love, conflict and family ties within a big Italian family in New York. The actors in this movie are a great ensemble - Cher, Nicholas Cage, Danny Aiello, Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia and a youngish John Mahoney. I have watched this movie time and time again with my mother and also with my husband and it never gets old. There are myriad references to the moon and its influence over love - "la bella luna." With music from the opera "La Bohème" and also Dean Martin's "That's Amore," it is a lively, loving movie where you really do care about all of the characters. The key phrase at the end of the movie sums it all up - "A la familia!!"
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