MOONSTRUCK (1988 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Starsìììì

Moonstruck—works for its money—has character, charisma, and creativity packaged into a tightly spun story that spins itself precisely into a little nugget that could easily lose itself in the plethora of Hollywood-released films. Don’t miss this one. It’s a Bravo! production for Director Norman Jewison and will be as good a hundred years from now as it is today. The film serves a mature audience.

Storyline

Widowed, middle-aged Loretta Castorini (Cher) falls in love with her fiancee’s brother, Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage).

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Norman Jewison for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Norman Jewison and Patrick J. Palmer for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Cosmo Castorini (Vincent Gardenia), Rose Castorini (Olympia Dukakis), Mr. Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello), Rita Cappomaggi (Julie Bovasso), Perry (John Mahoney), Raymond Cappomaggi (Louis Guss), Old Man (Feodor Chaliapin Jr.), Mona (Anita Gillette), Felix (Leonardo Cimino), Lucy (Paula Trueman), Chrissy (Nada Despotovich), Shy Waiter (Joe Grifasi), Old Crone (Gina DeAngeles), Barbara (Robin Bartlett), Lotte (Helen Hanft), Irv (David S. Howard), and Bobo (Robert Weil).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie just works partially due to its original storyline and partially due to the outstanding direction of Norman Jewison. For the romance-loving audience, it’s a Bravo! film and deserves its kudos.

Ben Meyers

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