Moonstruck

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Moonstruck is a 1987 romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison. The movie was released on December 18, 1987, receiving largely positive reviews from critics. The film went on to gross $80,640,528 at the North American box office, making it the fifth highest grossing of that year.[1] The film was nominated for six Oscars at the 60th Academy Awards, winning three for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.[2]

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Plot

The story takes place in Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, New York. 37-year-old Loretta Castorini (Cher) is an accountant for a few local businesses, one being her uncle's delicatessen and another is an undertaker. Her boyfriend Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello) proposes marriage one night at dinner, on his knees in a good suit and Loretta accepts. That evening Johnny asks Loretta to invite his younger brother Ronny to come to the wedding. He leaves for Italy to attend his dying mother. Upon hearing the news of Loretta's engagement that night, her father Cosmo (Vincent Gardenia) voices his disapproval, reminding Loretta that her first husband died because she brings bad luck to a union, while her mother Rose (Olympia Dukakis) seems resigned to the idea and relieved that Loretta is not in love with bumbling Johnny.

The next morning Loretta (after being cut off on the phone) visits Ronny at his bakery and tenders the wedding invitation. Younger brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage), tells Loretta how he lost his hand in a bread slicer, blaming his brother for distracting him and causing the accident. His maiming resulted in his fiancée leaving him. They proceed to talk about their unhappy lives and bad luck and eventually end up in his apartment above the bakery shop. Their mutual attraction for each other takes over, and they make love. The next morning, Loretta feels ashamed of herself. She says she will never see Ronny again and they must never tell anyone what they did. However, Ronny has fallen in love with Loretta, and when he asks her on a date to put the two things he loves most, opera and Loretta together for one evening at the opera, she agrees. Loretta makes a call at the deli and explains that she is in a hurry and will make that day's deposit at the bank. Walking down the street she pops into a beauty shop for a makeover. No more gray, organized curls, plucked eyebrows and a great makeup job. Next she buys a stunning evening gown, and red shoes to match. Catcalls and stares follow her home to an empty house. She muses over her new outfit and spends the early evening getting ready for Ronny and the opera.

Loretta's mother, Rose Castorini, dining alone at Bobos, witnesses a college professor get dumped on by a young coed and invites him to eat with her. They have a delightful conversation about being older and what makes a man chase younger women. Perry (John Mahoney) walks Rose home, and sees just how well a plumber can succeed in NY. The Castorinis live in a house that takes up half a block. They meet the father of Cosmo, and his pack of dogs. He assumes the worst, and Rose explains to Perry that she will have to turn around the bad idea "Pop" has in his mind.

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