In this glowingly atmospheric comedy, a young Italian-American woman, bitter after having been widowed by a speeding bus, makes a practical decision to marry a longtime friend for stability and security, even though her feelings for him are tepid at best. But when she falls in love with her fiance's estranged one-handed younger brother, screwball sparks fly. Great, subtle performances and a warm regard for the film's Bronx milieu highlight the film. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Director. Academy Awards: 3, including Best Actress--Cher, Best Supporting Actress--Olympia Dukakis, and Best Original Screenplay.
1987 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner
1987 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
1987 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner
Norman Jewison - Director/producer
Anita Gillette - Actress - The Summer of Ben Tyler
Fyodor Chaliapin - Russian Opera Singer
Fedor Chaliapin - Russian Opera Singer
Patrick Palmer - American Producer/Second Unit Director
Dick Hyman - Composer/"Moonstruck"
Cher - Oscar Winning Music Performer/Actress, MOONSTRUCK
Cherilyn Sarkesian - Oscar Winning Music Performer/Actress, MOONSTRUCK
John Patrick Shanley - Screenwriter/Playwright
Vincent Gardenia - American TV/Film Actor
Vincent Scognamiglio - American TV/Film Actor
Danny Aiello - American Actor
Nicolas Cage - American Actor
Nicholas Coppola - American Actor
Nicolas Coppola - American Actor
Lou Lombardo - Editor/Producer/Director
David Watkin - British Director Of Photography
Nada Despotovich - Supporting Actress/"Moonstrck"
John Mahoney - American actor, FRASIER
Louis Guss - Actor/"Moonstruck"
Olympia Dukakis - Oscar Winning American actress, MOONSTRUCK, STEEL MAGNOLIAS
Julie Bovasso - Actress
Under the magic of the full moon, an Italian-American family tries to sort out their romantic entanglements and find happiness. Tired of being single, and longing for security, widow Loretta Castorini agrees to marry Johnny Cammareri, a man she admittedly doesn't love. While he visits his dying mother in Sicily, she visits his estranged brother Ronny in order to invite him to the wedding, and, much to her surprise, finds herself deeply attracted to him. Loretta's parents have equally complex romantic lives; her father is involved in a long-term affair, while her mother is avidly pursued by a college professor. Will they all be able to take a chance on love again?
Olympia Dukakis was named Best Supporting Actress of 1987 by the National Board of Review. Actress Julie Bovasso, who played Rita, also served as dialogue coach. Estimated budget $14 million. Filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and New York City, New York. Shot in Technicolor and Medallion. Titles by Theo Dimson Design; opticals by Film Effects. Original aspect ratio 1.85. Screened at the 1988 Berlin Film Festival in February. Released in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto December 16, 1987. Released in USA February 5, 1988. Released on video August 30, 1988. Reviewed in the New York Times December 16, 1987, and Monthly Film Bulletin April 1988. Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification. In his 1995 memoir, "My American Journey," General Colin Powell lists "Moonstruck" as one of his favorite films. DVD Special Features: Feature Length Commentary by Norman Jewison, Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtrack, 8-Page Trivia Booklet, Theatrical Trailer.
"...Proof that Cher has evolved into the kind of large-than-life movie star who's worth watching whatever she does..." - 12/16/1987 New York Times, p.C22
"...Cher and Nicolas Cage are both solid and appealing....[The film has] an endearing spirit..." - 12/16/1987 Variety
"...MOONSTRUCK is such nourishing comedy. It satisfies every hunger..." - 12/16/1987 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"...A romantic comedy founded on emotional abandon and poignant truth..." - 06/22/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.4
"Cher was at her Oscar-winning best as an Italian-American widow resigned to a sensible second marriage, who ends up falling hard for her fiance's pointedly unsensible brother." -- Grade: B+ - 04/21/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.62
"MOONSTRUCK is a charming film in which a mischievous moon enlightens the lives of many in New York City's Little Italy district." - 05/01/2006 Widescreen Review, p.64