1987 |Comedy | 102 minutes | English
Thirty-seven-year-old Loretta Castorini is an Italian-American widow living in a Brooklyn Heights brownstone with her mother, Rose, and father, Cosmo. She is newly engaged to Johnny Cammareri. Before he flies to Sicily to visit his dying mother, he asks Loretta to contact his brother, Ronny, and invite him to the wedding. They have been estranged for over five years. Ronny is a baker with a prosthetic hand. He tells Loretta it was severed by a cutting blade when Johnny distracted him. Ronny blames Johnny for the accident, is terribly bitter and will not attend the wedding. Johnny, he feels, has everything and he has nothing. Loretta is affected by this story. She decides to cook Ronny a steak dinner, which he devours. Loretta is also sexually attracted to Ronny and they make love. The next morning, realizing she is an engaged woman, she tells Ronny “it’s over.” Ronny has one last wish: He would like Loretta to go with him to see La Boheme at the Met. She does go and is deeply moved by the opera’s tragic story. Loretta now feels she’s in love with Ronny. What can she now say to Johnny who has returned from Sicily and is on his way to see her? What a predicament. But this is a comedy so you can be sure the resolution of this huge problem will bring a big smile to your face.
Cher (Loretta Castorini) / Nicolas Cage (Ronny Cammareri) / Olympia Dukakis (Rose Castorini) / Vincent Gardenia (Cosmo Castorini) / Danny Aiello (Johnny Cammareri)
Why Stream This Film?
The film is timeless and never feels dated, no matter how often you see it. Influential film critic Roger Ebert included Moonstruck in his “Great Movies” collection.
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
- Metacritic Score: 83
Academy Awards: Winner, Best Actress (Cher); Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis); Best Original Screenplay (John Patrick Shanley)
Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Actress – Musical or Comedy (Cher); Best Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis)
Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear for Best Director (Norman Jewison)
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MOONSTRUCK is a romantic comedy founded on emotional abandon and poignant truth. Seeing it again this week, I was struck by how subtle and gentle it is, despite all the noise and emotion. The movie makes you laugh, which is very difficult, but it also makes you feel more open to your better impulses, and that is harder still.
This is a movie that makes you want to sing BOHEME and walk in the moonlight and move to Brooklyn. It’s got a sharp, funny, solid—and hopelessly romantic—script by John Patrick Shanley, and I would gladly see it once a week for a very long time.
MOONSTRUCK is a great big beautiful valentine of a movie, an intoxicating romantic comedy
set beneath the biggest, brightest Christmas moon you ever saw.
Our flick of the week is MOONSTRUCK, which is being sold as a romance but actually is one
of the funniest pictures to come out in quite some time.
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