“Do you love him? Yeah, ma, I do. Oh, that’s too bad.”
CW: Tragic death.
We’ve watched a lot of movies this Oscar series, but none have the charm, wit and sheer good vibes of Moonstruck. Between Cher’s Oscar-winning, understated, and grounded performance and Nicolas Cage’s wild, untamed portrayal of a man perpetually on the edge, this movie is that rarest of media that just makes you feel good when you watch it. John Patrick Shanley writes a masterful screenplay, and Norman Jewison directs the film with equal treatment of the written word and the camera’s eye. It’s a killer combination, and it’s no wonder this movie garnered so many Oscar nominations in 1987.
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Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.