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Moonstruck 1987 ***

A somewhat quirkier film than its reputation suggests, Norman Jewison’s 1987 vehicle for Cher is a classy slice of romance. She plays Loretta, a NYC book-keeper who is unlucky in love until she meets pizza-maker Ronny (Nicolas Cage). Unfortunately she’s already engaged to be married to Ronny’s brother Johnny (Danny Aiello), and she risks the disapproval of both her own and Ronny’s families. But true love, plus lashings of La Boheme on the soundtrack, eventually bring Loretta and Ronny together in style; Jewison gets uniformly strong performances from a diverse cast, and John Patrick Shanley’s script as plenty of authentic detail of NYC life, notably Loretta’s father endlessly listening to Vicky Carr’s It Must Be Him on record.


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