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1987 film directed by Norman Jewison

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Draw Down the Moon

  • Dec 16, 2001
Pros: Funny, romantic, and beautiful to the eye.

Cons: Might inspire you to behave like lovestruck mooncalf.

The Bottom Line: A lovely and amusing romantic comedy with some delightful performances.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Does new love always make us look as foolish as we may be feeling on the inside? Can the moon really influence us, especially when we fall in love? Perhaps…Both of these concepts have certainly come up before when romance and love are the topics.

Lovers meet by the light of the moon, George Bailey offered to lasso the moon as a present for his love in It's a Wonderful Life, and all the antics of a Midsummer Night's Dream occur beneath the impassive face of this atmospherical benefactor to the lovelorn. Hearts swollen with love are often inspired to heroic actions as well as irrational ones, and the Moon has figured well in the affairs of love quite probably since it first appeared in our skies.

Loretta Castorini (Cher) threw caution to the wind once, defied family, flouted tradition, and ran off to marry for love in a courtroom rather than a church. Rather unfortunate that her foolish swain was taken out by a speeding bus, leaving Loretta a disillusioned widow at an early age. Loretta believes that because she did not acquire the approval of her stereotypical Italian-American family and didn’t get married in a church, this brought her bad luck where love is concerned. As Benedict says in Much Ado About Nothing, “Love is a giddy thing” and Loretta leaves giddiness behind at the grave of her husband.

She is determined to do everything right this time by marrying Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aeillo) for stability and security rather than something as uncertain as love. She insists that all traditions be adhered to right down to the bended knee during the proposal. Johnny is called away the very next day to Italy to attend his mother’s deathbed, which does not sooth Loretta’s mind.

She is further ruffled when Johnny asks her to try to patch things up between he and Ronny (Nicholas Cage), his long estranged brother. While she agrees that bad blood should not keep his brother from coming to their wedding, this bombshell Johnny drops in her lap at the last minute does not bode well for a change in Loretta’s luck. Boy, is she right!

Threaded through the love triangle that develops between Ronny, Johnny, and Loretta, we are also given the story of her parent’s romance and its present sorry state. Mrs. Castorini (Olympia Dukakas) is sure that Cosmo has been cheating on her, and she spends much of the film asking men why They think that men cheat. She receives some very amusing answers, although it seems that nobody agrees with Her opinion on the matter.

Olympia is simply marvelous in this role and had me rolling with her dry observations. “Do you love him, Loretta?” she asks. “Yeah, Ma, I love him something awful.” Loretta replies. “Oh, that’s too bad.” Mrs. C shakes her head in commiseration.

It is Cosmos brother-in-law who tells us about the enormous and magical moon that appeared one night during his sister’s courtship. Drawn to the window, he found Cosmo in the yard gazing up at her window, and for years he believed that Cosmo’s great love called up that amazing moon that woke him from his blissful slumber so long ago. Cosmo’s moon returns to hang over Loretta and work its magic upon all the lovers in Brooklyn.

The notion that true love swelling in the hearts of new lovers could draw down a moon of such splendor is a lovely and apt metaphor, which left me with the feeling that this was more than a story about two people falling in love. Perhaps it was really a tale exploring the intricate facets of love and the magic that love makes possible.

Viewers might frown at the excessive nature of this film as everything feels just a little too extreme, a bit too unlikely, or stereotypical (the family dynamics of the Castorini’s for example!). Yet the sheer beauty, inner and outer, that unfolds before us is a powerful inspiration to deny the improbable. To me, that is as close as a film can hope to come when trying to define love and a great reason to give this film a try. My recommendation is to throw open your curtains, let your heart swell, and howl at the moon. Love, is indeed, a giddy thing.


Viewing Format: VHS
Video Occasion: Good Date Movie
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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Quick Tip by . November 12, 2011
An oldie but, goodie! When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, that's amore...I just caught this on MGMHD and forgot how much I enjoy this movie starring Cher about an Italian Brooklynite who finds love with her fiance's brother, played incredibly passionately by Nic Cage. A stupendous cast includes Olympia Dukakis as Cher's mother who says my favorite line of the movie, "You've got a love bite on your neck...your life's going down the toilet! Go wash that thing off!". My favorite scene …
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I love Cher and she was wonderful in this film... One of her best
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This film shows Cher and Olympia Dukakis at their finest.
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I adore this movie. Brilliant on every level. Cage, Cher,..."La Bella Luna!"
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In this glowingly atmospheric comedy, a young Italian-American woman, bitter after having been widowed by a speeding bus, makes a practical decision to marry a longtime friend for stability and security, even though her feelings for him are tepid at best. But when she falls in love with her fiance's estranged one-handed younger brother, screwball sparks fly. Great, subtle performances and a warm regard for the film's Bronx milieu highlight the film. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Director. Academy Awards: 3, including Best Actress--Cher, Best Supporting Actress--Olympia Dukakis, and Best Original Screenplay.
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Director: Norman Jewison
Release Date: 1987
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (May 26, 2009)
Runtime: 1hr 45min
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