Classic Tuesdays: Moonstruck
Run Time: 102 min.
August 30, 2022 at 7pm
Starring: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello
Director: Norman Jewison
Screenplay: John Patrick Shanley
A full moon, a New York City night, and love and music in the air . . . One of the most enchanting romantic comedies of all time assembles a flawless ensemble cast for a tender and boisterously funny look at a multigenerational Italian American family in Brooklyn, wrestling with the complexities of love and marriage at every stage of life. At the center of it all is a radiant Cher as Loretta, an unlucky-in-love bookkeeper whose feelings about her engagement to the staid Johnny (Danny Aiello) are thrown into question after she meets his hot-blooded brother, Ronny (Nicolas Cage), and one night at the opera changes everything. Winner of the Academy Awards for best actress (Cher), supporting actress (Olympia Dukakis), and original screenplay (by playwright John Patrick Shanley), this modern-day fairy tale is swept along on passionate Puccini melodies, and directed by master storyteller Norman Jewison with the heightened emotion to match.
“Here, at last, is the kind of warm adult comedy that often eludes Hollywood – an offbeat exploration of family, fidelity and the foibles of the human heart.”– Linda Deutsch, Associated Press
“An American movie with foreign-film sensibilities, Moonstruck’s depths come from their perfect balance of writing and direction.”– Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times