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FULL 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, Rovi

  • Release date:January 15, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Patrick Palmer Best Picture 1987 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Cher Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cher Best Actress 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Jewison Best Director 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Jewison Best Picture 1987 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Norman Jewison Silver Bear for Best Director 1988 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Olympia Dukakis Best Supporting Actress 1986 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Olympia Dukakis Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1987 Winner
National Board of Review Olympia Dukakis Best Supporting Actress 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Olympia Dukakis Best Supporting Actress 1987 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vincent Gardenia Best Supporting Actor 1987 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Patrick Shanley Best Original Screenplay 1987 Winner

Cast

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

Crew

Norman Jewison
Director
Norman Jewison
Producer
Lee Rich
Producer
Patrick Palmer
Producer
John Patrick Shanley
Screenwriter
David Watkin
Cinematographer
Dick Hyman
Composer (Music Score)
Lou Lombardo
Editor
Philip Rosenberg
Production Designer
Bonnie Palef-Woolf
Associate Producer
Howard Feuer
Casting
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