When there's a full moon over Brooklyn, anything can happen, and everything happens in the neighborhood where widowed bookkeeper Loretta Castorini (Cher) lives. First, Loretta agrees to marry a man she does not love, Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello), simply because he knows how to propose properly. Before the wedding can take place, Cammareri must visit his dying mother in Sicily. In his absence, Loretta is supposed to try to patch up the differences between Johnny and his brother, bakery operator Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage). Having never forgiven Johnny for indirectly causing the accident that crippled him, Ronny flies into a rage whenever his brother's name is mentioned. He does, however, fall for Loretta like a ton of bricks. After a torrid affair, Loretta tries to avoid Ronny out of respect to Johnny, but he's just too fascinating to resist. Meanwhile, Loretta's father (Vincent Gardenia) is fooling around with his mistress Mona (Anita Gillette), while Loretta's mother (Olympia Dukakis) is wooed by a college professor (John Mahoney). These brief flings are forgiven and forgotten, but there's still the delicate situation of Loretta being in love with her future brother-in-law. A now-classic romantic comedy, Moonstruck won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis, and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley.~Hal Erickson
At the Heart of an Italian Family, a 2006 program about the making of the film
Audio Commentary from 1998 featuring Jewison, actor Cher, and Screenwriter John Patrick Stanley
English Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Interview from 1989 with Shanley about screenwriting and developing Moonstruck
Interview from 2002 with actor Danny Aidello
Interviews from 1987 with Cher, Jewison, and actors Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia Dukakis
New 4k digital restoration, approved by Director Norman Jewison
New interview with scholar Stefano Albertini about the opera in the film
Plus: An essay by critic Emily VanDerWerff
The Music of "Moonstruck," a 2006 program featuring interviews with Jewison and composer Dick Hyman
I just installed a 4K projector with a 120” screen is n my home. So I’ve been buying blu-ray movies I have not seen in years to feed it. This is a great movie! I had forgotten how amazing and funny the acting is. The big plus is the quality of this transfer to blu-ray is amazing. Looks better than many 4K discs I have.
Moonstruck derives from a mind set for which the greatest special effect is an actor giving an interesting performance and a director's main job is to cast the right actors and orchestrate a seamless ensemble. Few have done this as well, and no one has ever done it better, than Norman Jewison in Moonstruck. The film remains as fresh today as when it was released, even now when much of the neighborhood it depicts has been knocked down and turned into condos. We can still enter its vibrant world to share great meals (and more) with the Castorinis, Cappomaggis and Cammareris. No matter how many times someone says, "I don't want to talk about it!", they're always there, still talking.
I purchased this as a gift for a friend but she never got it (Oops!) She has always talked about how good Moonstruck was.
When the Blu-ray made it to my house-I figured I’d watch it before handing it over to her (She’s a close family friend-she wouldn’t cared if I watched lol). Well, I like it..so I’m gonna keep it now. It’s re-watchable. Glad I never told her I purchased it.
Great plot, terrific acting. Cher did an incredible job! She really does have wonderful acting chops. No question about that. Cher carried the film but the whole cast held their own tho