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Videos & Photos

  • Clip: Ronny & Loretta Kiss

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Cher
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Vincent Gardenia
  • Olympia Dukakis
  • Danny Aiello
  • Julie Bovasso
  • John Mahoney
  • Louis Guss
  • Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
  • Anita Gillette

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Romantic Comedy" in June 2008.
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Goofs

  • When Rose and Perry are saying goodnight in the street, his coat lapel is alternately open/closed between shots.
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Quotes

    • [as Cosmo listens to "It Must Be Him" in the next room]
    • Rose: Now he's going to play that damn Vikki Carr record, and when he comes to bed he won't touch me.
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Metacritic

100

In its warmth and in its enchantment, as well as in its laughs, this is the best comedy in a long time.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
100

Sold as a romance, but actually is one of the funniest pictures to come out in quite some time. [15 Jan 1988]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
88

Most of the acting is as real and warm as the characters themselves. And the streets, shops, and living rooms of Brooklyn have never seemed more inviting. [29 Jan 1988]

Metacritic review by David Sterritt
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor