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Moonstruck [1987 film] by Norman Jewison
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Moonstruck [1987 film]

by Norman Jewison, Norman Jewison (Director), Bonnie Palef (Producer), Patrick J. Palmer (Producer), John Patrick Shanley (Screenplay)1 more, David Watkin (Director of photography)

Other authors: Nicholas Cage (Actor), Cher (Actor), Olympia Dukakis (Actor), Vincent Gardenia (Actor), John Mahoney (Actor)

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Substance: Another modern romance where the wedding comes after the honeymoon. Italian family in NYC plays to the stereotypes, but entertainingly so.
Style: The screenplay is actually good, barring the moral sell-out to seventies sensibilities. Cher is gorgeous, and a good actress. I loved her mother (O. Dukakis). ( )
  librisissimo | Feb 5, 2010 |
One of my main "feel good"-movies. Cher is lovely, and Nicolas Cage rather sexy as an one-handed baker with a passion for opera. ( )
  isiswardrobe | Apr 28, 2006 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Norman Jewisonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Jewison, NormanDirectormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Palef, BonnieProducermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Palmer, Patrick J.Producermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Shanley, John PatrickScreenplaymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Watkin, DavidDirector of photographymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Cage, NicholasActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
CherActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dukakis, OlympiaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gardenia, VincentActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mahoney, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com (ISBN 0792838963, DVD)

Remember the outfit Cher wore to the Oscars when she won an Academy Award for her performance in this 1987 film? Ay-yi-yi. The actress' more retiring character in this infectious comedy leaps several psychological hurdles just giving her hair a permanent. But then the original screenplay by John Patrick Shanley (Joe Versus the Volcano) is a wonderful, gently satirical tale of an Italian-American family dealing with repression and dissatisfaction against a backdrop of cultural expectations. Cher is focused and funny as a widow who feels she should marry an older fellow (Danny Aiello), but then falls for his black-sheep brother (Nicolas Cage). Olympia Dukakis and Vincent Gardenia are perfect as her parents, and John Mahoney (of TV's Frasier) has a memorable, small role as a middle-aged man on the make who gets a lecture from Dukakis's character. Shanley's dialogue is comically stylized in a way that makes one appreciate how much words can inform an actor's performance. Taking its cues from him and director Norman Jewison (And Justice for All), the cast immerse themselves in a pool of hilariously operatic emotion. --Tom Keogh

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:49 -0400)

An "unlucky in love" Italian-American widow just weeks away from her wedding falls for her fiance's younger brother.

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