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Plot, Details & Awards

Moonstruck

(1987)
PG In Theaters 12/17/1987 , 103min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Norman Jewison Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Vincent Gardenia Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Olympia Dukakis Won
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Norman Jewison Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay John Patrick Shanley Won
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Patrick Palmer Nominated
1987 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Cher Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Cher Won
1987 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
1987 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Olympia Dukakis Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director Norman Jewison Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Olympia Dukakis Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1987 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Olympia Dukakis Won

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