Moonstruck script
Moonstruck (1987)
Synopsis: No sooner does Italian-American widow Loretta (Cher) accept a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend, Johnny (Danny Aiello), than she finds herself falling for his younger brother, Ronny (Nicolas Cage). She tries to resist, but Ronny lost his hand in an accident he blames on his brother, and has no scruples about aggressively pursuing her while Johnny is out of the country. As Loretta falls deeper in love, she comes to learn that she's not the only one in her family with a secret romance.

FADE IN:

INT. ZITO'S BREAD STORY - DAY

Several dozen loaves of golden Italian bread are standing on

end in a shaft of morning sunlight. They are standing on end

in bins. In the window, ZITO'S can be read in reverse.

We leave the loaves and DRIFT DOWN TO a Progresso Products

calendar, which hangs from the wall by a nail. The month is

November. Various phone numbers and delivery dates have been

penned in in a rough scrawl. Now WE GO TO a white formica

counter, scuffed and pocked from long use. On the counter,

in a rinsed out olive jar filled with water, are three fat

red roses. The TITLE APPEARS IN BLACK SCRIPT AGAINST THE

WHITE BACKGROUND.

MOONSTRUCK:

Now WE FAINTLY HEAR THE VOICE of Zito himself, and a low

TAPPING SOUND. SOME CREDITS ROLL.

ZITO'S VOICE

(barely discernable)

Three times they cancel the order

with me, and three times they come

back. Who they kidding? They cheap,

cheap, cheap. The other bread they

get is no good. They save pennies.

Everybody complain and they come

back. "Zito, your bread is the best."

They're like children stupid in school

who cannot learn. The water. It's

the water. You buy bread in Hoboken,

you get Hoboken water. Hoboken water

is dry. Ask anybody who knows. Ask

your father. He knows.

During Zito's plaintive words, WE LEAVE the roses and MOVE

DOWN the counter TO a calculator being tapped very efficiently

with the eraser end of pencil. When the results appear, the

pencil notes the figure in a threadbare old ledger.

NOW WE SEE ZITO:

He's a middle-aged Italian man with a kind face. But it's

early in the day, and he's already been working for hours,

so he's a little tired and disgruntled.

ZITO:

You want me to make you some coffee?

NOW WE SEE LORETTA FOR THE FIRST TIME

She's entering a few final figures in the ledger. LORETTA is

Italian, 37. Her hair black, done in a dated style, is flecked

with grey. She's dressed in sensible but unfashionable clothes

of a dark color.

LORETTA:

What d'you know about coffee? Gimme

a loaf of bread.

EXT. ZITO'S BREAD STORE - DAY

Loretta emerges with her little weathered leather bookkeeping

satchel and a loaf of Zito bread in a white paper bag. She

moves off briskly.

EXT. A.J. CONTI FUNERAL CHAPEL - DAY

This is a little Italian funeral parlor.

INT. THE "WAKE" ROOM"

A generic little room filled with many flowers and wreathes,

many folding chairs, a few OLD PEOPLE sitting and, up front,

the star of the show, the CORPSE on display in his gold and

formica casket. Before the casket is a little kneeler. We

discover an OLD LADY there, who crosses herself and rises.

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John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley is an American playwright, screenwriter, and theatre and film director. His play Doubt: A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play. more…

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