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… See more details below

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Overview

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.

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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.

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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:
2,179

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

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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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