Pocket Review, Title Moonstruck, Studio MGM/UA, Rating 5.0,
This is the Godfather without the criminals, an affectionately detailed slice of love-deranged Brooklyn Italian family life. It is such a happy, funny movie. The operatic theme of unexpected love is done to perfection here.
Cher was a revelation to me as the romantic lead; her singing was mediocre, so I expected little from her as an actress. The rest of the cast also gave excellent performances, with Vincent Gardenia as Cher’s cranky and wayward father, Olympia Dukakis as her life-wise mother, Julie Bovasso as her doting aunt, Nicholas Cage as her surprise lover, Danny Aiello as, unbeknownst to himself, an overly careful confirmed bachelor, and a great cameo by John Mahoney as a lonely professor who chases his students.
This is a story told masterfully.
Here is to Cosmo’s moon!