Moonstruck


1h 42m 1987
Moonstruck

Brief Synopsis

When she tries to make peace in her new family, an engaged woman falls for her fiance's brother.

Film Details

Also Known As
Mångalen, Éclair de lune
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1987
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )/UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES (UIP)
Location
New York City, New York, USA; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

A levelheaded young woman falls in love with her fiance's brother in a Brooklyn Italian-American neighborhood.

Crew

Theoni V. Aldredge

Costume Designer

Larry Auerbach

Assistant

Stephen Auerbach

Production Assistant

Kelley Baker

Assistant

Anke Bakker

Sound Editor

Steve Balzarini

Boom Operator

Guenter Bartlik

Scenic Artist

Hank Bauer

Construction

Alexia Beach

Craft Service

Mat Beck

Camera Operator

Carlo Bergonzi

Song Performer

Michael Bird

On-Set Dresser

William Bishop

Props

Toni Blay

Production Assistant

Renee Bodner

Script Supervisor

Beth Boigon

Location Manager

Julie Bovasso

Dialogue Coach

Katherine Broadfoot

Caterer

Elizabeth Broden

Assistant

Ann Brodie

Makeup

Leonard Brooke

Assistant

Ursula Brooke

Wardrobe Assistant

Sam Broomall

Casting Associate

James Douglas Brown

Hair

Stefani Brown

Production Assistant

Sam Bruskin

Production Assistant

J Tracy Budd

Property Master

Vince Burns

Production Assistant

Jan A Campbell

Production Accountant

Vikki Carr

Song Performer

Ross Carter

Sound Editor

Alison Clark

Sound Effects Editor

Rosemary Conte

Assistant Editor

Christopher Cook

Production Associate

Dominic Cortese

Assistant

Robert Daprato

Dolly Grip

Susanna David

Script Supervisor

Daniel R Davis

Art Director

Bruno De La Celle

Props

Michael Decasper

Production Assistant

Jaro Dick

Set Decorator

Michael Dicosimo

Consultant

Paul Durand

Sound Editor

Jeannine Edmunds

Assistant

Lynn Elston

Accounting Assistant

Leonard Engelman

Makeup

Susan Fellows

Dga Trainee

Steve Ferrier

Best Boy

Howard Feuer

Casting

Alison Fisher

Sound Editor

Jeff Flach

Location Assistant

Michael Fruhling

Location Assistant

Vincent Galindez

Assistant Camera Operator

Anthony Gamiello

On-Set Dresser

Bruno George

Camera Operator

Eric D Gerard

Camera Trainee

J Kathleen Gibson

Assistant Editor

Gilberto Godoy

Assistant

Ken Goss

Key Grip

Lewis Gould

Assistant Director

Alison Grace

Dialogue Editor

Joe Grimaldi

Sound

Robert Grimaldi

Hair

Laura Gross

Production Assistant

Tim Guinness

Best Boy

Mike Harris

On-Set Dresser

Bob Hausler

Color Timer

John Hill

Editor

Tina Hong

Production Assistant

Dick Hyman

Music

Thomas Imperato

Accounting Assistant

Ed Jackson

Makeup

Blanca Jansuzian

Casting

Weits Jekel

Construction

Michael Jewison

Editorial Assistant

Norman Jewison

Producer

Judy Kemeny

Music Editor

Elena Kenney

On-Set Dresser

Nikita Knatz

Art Department

Craig Kohne

Transportation Captain

Gabor Kover

Assistant Camera Operator

Sharon Lackie

Sound Editor

Harry Leavey

Transportation Coordinator

David Lemmen

Special Effects

Renate Leuschner

Hair

John Linder

Scenic Artist

Lou Lombardo

Editor

Lynn Lombardo

Assistant

Dennis Maitland

Sound

Kim Maitland

Sound

Andy Malcolm

Foley Editor

Lofti Mansouri

Other

Dean Martin

Song Performer

Jackie Martin

Production Coordinator

Barbra Matis

Art Director

Anthony Matteo

Art Assistant

Roberta Mayer

Accounting Assistant

David Mcaree

Assistant Director

Ron Meyer

Assistant

Ronald B Moore

Titles And Opticals

Michael O'farrell

Sound Editor

Harald Ortenburger

Camera Operator

Bonnie Palef

Associate Producer

Bonnie Palef

Production Manager

Gregory Palmer

Assistant Director

Gregory Palmer

Other

Patrick Palmer

Producer

Robert Paradiso

Unit Production Manager

Deborah Paull

Assistant

Paul Pettigrew

Production Assistant

Jeremy Podeswa

Production Assistant

Finn Quinn

Assistant

Jimmy Raitt

Property Master

Stacey Rauch

Assistant

Bill Reinhardt

Dolly Grip

Richard Reseigne

Construction Coordinator

Valley Via Reseigne

Production Coordinator

Philip Rosenberg

Production Designer

Suzanne Rothbaum

Assistant

Arthur Rowsell

Costumes

Thom Ryan

Assistant Camera Operator

Siv Sandstrom

Art Department Coordinator

Steven Schottenfeld

Location Manager

Frank Schultz

Lighting Technician

Lee Michael Searles

Assistant Editor

John Patrick Shanley

Screenplay

Andrew Shea

Assistant Director

David Sheridan

Assistant Camera Operator

Roger Sherman

Assistant

Phillip Smith

Set Decorator

Eion Sprott

Other

Jim Sweeney

Transportation Captain

Nick Sweetman

Transportation Coordinator

Randal Tambling

Key Grip

Guy Tanno

Costumes

Renata Tebaldi

Song Performer

James L Thompson

Boom Operator

Rae Thurston

Lighting Technician

Joanne Tickle

Assistant

Rose Trimarco Cuervo

Costumes

Mark Vargo

Visual Effects Supervisor

Joe Violante

Assistant

Jurgen Vollmer

Photography

David Watkin

Director Of Photography

David Watkin

Dp/Cinematographer

Peter Watson

Production Assistant

Stephen Wertimer

Assistant Director

Don White

Sound

William F White

Camera Equipment

David Whittaker

Photography

Jeff Woolnough

Production

Carl Zittrer

Music Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
Mångalen, Éclair de lune
MPAA Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1987
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )/UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES (UIP)
Location
New York City, New York, USA; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Award Wins

Best Actress

1987

Best Original Screenplay

1987

Best Supporting Actress

1987
Olympia Dukakis

Award Nominations

Best Director

1987
Norman Jewison

Best Picture

1987

Best Supporting Actor

1987
Vincent Gardenia

Articles

Moonstruck


Moonstruck, the 1987 multi-Oscar winning romantic comedy about a very Italian family, may seem an odd choice coming from the Irish pen of playwright John Patrick Shanley, but not so much when one looks at the writer's youth - growing up in a typical urban "melting pot" neighborhood. This kind of upbringing is almost essential for any showbiz-oriented actors, actresses, directors and writers (For example, James Cagney, the son of an Irish father and a Norwegian mother, could, at the drop of a hat, segue into fluent Yiddish, a feat which occasionally would emerge in his many film roles). Shanley's artistry is beautifully balanced by director Norman Jewison's superb ability to zero in on ethnic clashes, foibles and triumphs (honed in In the Heat of the Night, 1967), plus priceless comic training gleaned during the Sixties in hits like The Thrill of It All (1963) and The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966). Together they combine to mine the gold of this hilarious and often raucous look at two clans torn asunder by an attractive widow's longtime courtship by a good but none-too-bright boyfriend, paralleled with the lady's torrid wooing by the lovesick schnook's passionate brother.

Unquestionably, much of Moonstruck's popularity was due to the wonderful ensemble cast, including Danny Aiello and Nicolas Cage as the brothers, and, particularly Olympia Dukakis, who won the Best Supporting Actress honors, and Vincent Gardenia, nominated for Best Supporting Actor. The latter two portray the parents of the movie's key player, Cher, who, rightfully and not surprisingly copped the year's Best Actress honors. How an Armenian/Cherokee actress seamlessly became a Brooklynese Italian-American can be easily explained by her amazing knack for mimicry, which first emerged on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971-1977) during her marriage to Sonny Bono. During and after that liaison, Cher would frequently regale friends and relatives with hysterical dead-on impersonations of her mother-in-law, which no doubt, provided invaluable training for her role of Loretta Castorini. Additional aid came from the actress' addiction to cinema, watching and learning from Hollywood's celebrated past. The extent of Cher's devout movie fandom, belying her party animal personae, recently surfaced in an interview when she described her idea of a great time as "...having one whole day to do nothing but stay in bed and watch Turner Classic Movies." And who can argue with that?

Director/Producer: Norman Jewison
Producer: Patrick Palmer, Lee Rich
Screenwriter: John Patrick Shanley, Patrick Shanley
Cinematographer: David Watkin
Composer: Dick Hyman
Editor: Lou Lombardo
Production Designer: Philip Rosenberg
Associate Producer: Bonnie Palef-Woolf
Set Designer: Phil Smith
Costume Designer: Theoni V. Aldredge
Cast: Cher (Loretta), Nicolas Cage (Ronny), Vincent Gardenia (Cosmo), Olympia Dukakis (Rose), Danny Aiello (Johnny), Julie Bovasso (Rita), John Mahoney (Perry)
C-102m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning.

By Mel Neuhaus

Moonstruck

Moonstruck

Moonstruck, the 1987 multi-Oscar winning romantic comedy about a very Italian family, may seem an odd choice coming from the Irish pen of playwright John Patrick Shanley, but not so much when one looks at the writer's youth - growing up in a typical urban "melting pot" neighborhood. This kind of upbringing is almost essential for any showbiz-oriented actors, actresses, directors and writers (For example, James Cagney, the son of an Irish father and a Norwegian mother, could, at the drop of a hat, segue into fluent Yiddish, a feat which occasionally would emerge in his many film roles). Shanley's artistry is beautifully balanced by director Norman Jewison's superb ability to zero in on ethnic clashes, foibles and triumphs (honed in In the Heat of the Night, 1967), plus priceless comic training gleaned during the Sixties in hits like The Thrill of It All (1963) and The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966). Together they combine to mine the gold of this hilarious and often raucous look at two clans torn asunder by an attractive widow's longtime courtship by a good but none-too-bright boyfriend, paralleled with the lady's torrid wooing by the lovesick schnook's passionate brother. Unquestionably, much of Moonstruck's popularity was due to the wonderful ensemble cast, including Danny Aiello and Nicolas Cage as the brothers, and, particularly Olympia Dukakis, who won the Best Supporting Actress honors, and Vincent Gardenia, nominated for Best Supporting Actor. The latter two portray the parents of the movie's key player, Cher, who, rightfully and not surprisingly copped the year's Best Actress honors. How an Armenian/Cherokee actress seamlessly became a Brooklynese Italian-American can be easily explained by her amazing knack for mimicry, which first emerged on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971-1977) during her marriage to Sonny Bono. During and after that liaison, Cher would frequently regale friends and relatives with hysterical dead-on impersonations of her mother-in-law, which no doubt, provided invaluable training for her role of Loretta Castorini. Additional aid came from the actress' addiction to cinema, watching and learning from Hollywood's celebrated past. The extent of Cher's devout movie fandom, belying her party animal personae, recently surfaced in an interview when she described her idea of a great time as "...having one whole day to do nothing but stay in bed and watch Turner Classic Movies." And who can argue with that? Director/Producer: Norman Jewison Producer: Patrick Palmer, Lee Rich Screenwriter: John Patrick Shanley, Patrick Shanley Cinematographer: David Watkin Composer: Dick Hyman Editor: Lou Lombardo Production Designer: Philip Rosenberg Associate Producer: Bonnie Palef-Woolf Set Designer: Phil Smith Costume Designer: Theoni V. Aldredge Cast: Cher (Loretta), Nicolas Cage (Ronny), Vincent Gardenia (Cosmo), Olympia Dukakis (Rose), Danny Aiello (Johnny), Julie Bovasso (Rita), John Mahoney (Perry) C-102m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning. By Mel Neuhaus

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 16, 1987

Wide Release in United States February 5, 1988

Released in United States on Video August 30, 1988

Released in United States February 1988

Shown at Berlin Film Festival February 1988.

Began shooting December 1, 1986.

Completed shooting February 1987.

Released in United States Winter December 16, 1987

Wide Release in United States February 5, 1988

Released in United States on Video August 30, 1988

Released in United States February 1988 (Shown at Berlin Film Festival February 1988.)