Sounds from Moonstruck

This is intended to be an ad hoc review of the sounds from Norman Jewison's film Moonstruck. These are lines, or exchanges, of dialog that I find stick with me, and contribute to my coming back to this film again and again. This presentation is intended only as cinematic criticism (and is therefore fair use under copyright law).

These sounds were sampled in mono, 8 bits, 11kHz, from the center surround channel of the laserdisc of the film -- for each, I've provided the length in seconds and the size of the .wav file.

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Directed by Norman Jewison

Written by John Patrick Shanley

Starring Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, and Danny Aiello


     "Chrissey, over by the wall, bring me the big knife."
     "No, Ronnie!"
     "Bring me the big knife, I'm gonna cut my throat!!"
     "Maybe I should come back another time."
     "No, I want you to see this. I want you to watch me kill myself so you can tell my brother Johnny, on his wedding day, Okay? Chrissey, bring me the big knife!!"
     "I tell you, I won't do it!"


     "That's the bad blood between you and Johnny?"
     "Yes, that's it."
     "Yeah, but -- I -- that's not Johnny's fault."
     "I don't care! I ain't no freaking monument to justice!! I lost my hand!! I lost my bride!! Johnny has his hand, Johnny has his bride -- you want me to take my heartbreak, put it away, and forget?!?!"


     "You'll have your eyes opened for you. my friend."
     "I have my eyes open."
     "Oh yeah? Well stick around. Don't go on any long trips."
     "I don't know what you mean."
     "I know you don't. That's the point. I'll say no more."
     "You haven't said anything!"
     "And that's all I'm saying."


     "What the hell happened to you?"
     "I really don't know where to start."
     "Your hair's different."
     "Ma, everything is different."
     "Are you drunk?"
     "No, are you drunk?"
     "No. But I have a hangover."


     "You've got a love bite on your neck -- he's coming back this morning -- what's the matter with you? Your life's going down the toilet! Cover up that damn thing, come on, put some makeup on it!"
     "Alright, alright!"


     "You are a big liar, okay, because I have a ring right here!"
     "Oh, I must ask for that back."
     "Alright, the engagement is off."
     "In time you will see that this was the best thing!"
     "In time, you'll drop dead and I'll come to your funeral in a red dress!"


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