Moonstruck (1987)


Moonstruck is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison. It stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia Dukakis. The film was released on December 16, 1987 in New York City, and then nationally on December 18, 1987, receiving largely positive reviews from critics. It went on to gross $91,640,528 at the North American box office, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of that year. Moonstruck was nominated for six Oscars at the 60th Academy Awards, winning three for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.


37-year-old Loretta Castorini (Cher) is an accountant for a few local businesses in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Her boyfriend, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello), proposes to her before leaving for Italy to attend to his dying mother, and asks Loretta to invite his estranged younger brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage) to the wedding. Loretta visits the bakery where Ronny works and finds that he blames Johnny for an accident in which he lost his hand, which led to his fiancée leaving him. They end up in his apartment above the bakery and make love. In the morning, Loretta feels ashamed but Ronny admits to falling in love with her. He agrees to not see her again if she goes to the opera with him that night. That night, Loretta's mother Rose (Olympia Dukakis) dines alone at a restaurant and witnesses a dramatic breakup between a young coed and a college professor named Perry (John Mahoney). She invites Perry to dine with her; afterwards he walks her home. She knows her husband has a mistress but refuses to be unfaithful and doesn't take Perry's suggestion that she invite him in. While Loretta is at the opera, she sees her father Cosmo (Vincent Gardenia) with his mistress; they agree to pretend they did not see each other. Loretta feels guilty for being with Ronny, but he persuades her into another tryst. When she comes home the following morning, her mother tells her that Johnny has come back from Italy and will be visiting that morning. While she waits, Ronny comes over and both her father and grandfather come down for breakfast. Rose tells Cosmo she wants him to stop seeing his mistress. Johnny arrives and claims that he can't marry Loretta or his mother will die. Loretta throws the engagement ring at him. Seizing the moment, Ronny ask Loretta to marry him; he borrows Johnny's ring and Loretta accepts. The family shares a bottle of champagne to celebrate.