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[[Performer~P28071~Todd Graff~toddgraff]] wrote the screenplay for this eccentric romantic comedy in the spirit of [[Feature~V33285~Moonstruck~moonstruck]] that exchanges pasta for matzo balls. The film takes place in Queens in 1969, where Pearl Berman ([[Performer~P44255~Shirley MacLaine~shirleymaclaine]]) has just arrived back from the funeral of her husband. As her dysfunctional family kvetches in the living room, the dapper Joe Meledandri ([[Performer~P46339~Marcello Mastroianni~marcellomastroianni]]) arrives. It seems that Joe has admired Pearl from afar for a number of years, ever since he met her husband in a bar and persuaded him to return to his wife. He invites Pearl for coffee, provoking the wisecrack from her mother ([[Performer~P69780~Jessica Tandy~jessicatandy]]): "She got picked up at her own husband's funeral." As Pearl is wooed by Joe, she has to deal with her lonely, overweight daughter Bibby ([[Performer~P4516~Kathy Bates~kathybates]]) and her prettier daughter Norma ([[Performer~P30312~Marcia Gay Harden~marciagayharden]]), who suffers from such a lack of self esteem that she assumes the personalities of [[Performer~P50065~Marilyn Monroe~marilynmonroe]], Jackie Kennedy, and Bonnie Parker. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:December 16, 1992


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Shirley MacLaine Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marcello Mastroianni Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1992 Nominee


Shirley MacLaine
as Pearl Berman
Kathy Bates
as Bibby
Jessica Tandy
as Freida
Marcello Mastroianni
as Joe Meledandri
Marcia Gay Harden
as Norma
Sylvia Sidney
as Becky
Joe Pantoliano
as Frank
Matthew Branton
as Swee'Pea
Bob Dishy
as Jack Berman
Charles Cioffi
as Paolo
Louis Guss
as Uncle Normy
Helen Hanft
as Aunt Ruthie
Irving Metzman
as Uncle Al
Doris Roberts
as Aunt Lonnie
Lee Wallace
as Uncle Harry
David Gow
as Bill the Jeweler
Michael Ricupero
as Eddie
Luba Goy
as Nursing Home Staff Member
Maia Filar
as Rhonda
Asia Vieira
as Young Norma
Rosario Russo
as Theresa
Stuart Stone
as Cousin Stevie
Stephanie Voves
as Girl at Wedding
Jeremy Trancz
as Cousin Matthew
Diane D'Aquila
as Rose
Sam Hutchinson
as Crying Baby
Mary Colquhoun
Emma Tammi
as Young Bibby
Dominic Cuzzocrea
as Rabbi
Jim Millan
as Priest
Janet Richardson
as Carla
Ida Bemardini
as Aunt Louisa
Gil Filar
as Mark
Philip Williams
as Vic
Genevieve Langlois
as French Teacher


Beeban Kidron
Peggy Rajski
Todd Graff
Play Author
Todd Graff
David Watkin
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
John Tintori
Stuart Wurtzel
Production Designer
Todd Graff
Michael Barnathan
Executive Producer
Lloyd Levin
Executive Producer
Hilton Rosemarin
Set Designer
Marilyn Vance
Costume Designer
Martin Malivoire
Special Effects
Tony Lucibello
First Assistant Director
Patricia Birch
Ann Brodie