Under the Cherry Moon

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Under the Cherry Moon
Under the cherry moon.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Prince
Produced by
  • Robert Cavallo
  • Joseph Ruffalo
  • Steven Fargnoli
Screenplay by Becky Johnston
Starring
Music by Prince and The Revolution
Cinematography Michael Ballhaus
Edited by
  • Éva Gárdos
  • Rebecca Ross
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • July 4, 1986 (1986-07-04)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $10.1 million[2]

Under the Cherry Moon is a 1986 American musical drama film directed by and starring Prince in his directorial debut. The film also stars former The Time member Jerome Benton, Steven Berkoff, Kristin Scott Thomas (in her feature film debut), and Francesca Annis. The film was a critical and commercial failure, winning five Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, tying with Howard the Duck.

Plot[edit]

Gigolos Christopher Tracy and his brother, Tricky, swindle wealthy French women. The situation gets complicated when Christopher falls in love with heiress Mary Sharon after planning to swindle her when he finds out that she receives a $50 million trust fund on her 21st birthday. Mary's father Isaac disapproves of the romance and provides an excellent adversary for Christopher. Christopher rivals his brother Tricky for the affection of Mary.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was originally slated to be directed by Mary Lambert, the director behind some of Madonna and Janet Jackson's most popular music videos, but after disagreements about the film's direction, Prince took over directing himself. Lambert is listed as a creative consultant in the film's credits. The cast was also changed during pre-production. Prince originally had planned to have Susannah Melvoin (sister of Revolution member Wendy Melvoin, as well as Prince's girlfriend at the time) play Mary Sharon, but it was clear she couldn't act and was replaced by Kristin Scott Thomas (in her feature debut).[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

Main article: Parade (Prince album)

Under the Cherry Moon, along with its soundtrack album, marked the first of many recorded collaborations between Prince and jazz keyboardist/composer-arranger Clare Fischer, whose orchestral arrangements had by this time become much in demand by pop and R&B acts, stemming from his initial arrangements for Rufus and Chaka Khan in the early 1970s.[4][5] Appearing in the credits as "Orchestra Composed and Arranged by...," Fischer's contribution was further acknowledged by Prince in both the film's closing titles and the album's liner notes:

With special thanks
2 Clare Fischer 4 Making Brighter the Colors
Black and White [6]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Under the Cherry Moon failed to gain any breakout audience, regardless of much pre-publicity including a special MTV premiere in Sheridan, Wyoming. It was held there after a fan won a contest to have the film shown in her hometown.[7] The film earned $3,150,924 in its opening weekend from 976 venues, ranking #2 at the domestic box office (according to the Daily Variety Chart"), and the highest among the weekend's new releases.[8] At the end of its run, the film's final domestic gross was $10,090,429.[2]

Critical response[edit]

The film received generally negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it currently holds a 32% score based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 3.8/10. The site's consensus states: "Under the Cherry Moon may satisfy the most rabid Prince fans, but everyone else will be better served with this vanity project's far superior soundtrack."[9]

The film was a multiple winner at the 7th Golden Raspberry Awards, winning five awards. The categories were: Worst Picture (tied with Howard the Duck), Worst Actor and Worst Director (Prince), Worst Supporting Actor (Jerome Benton), and Worst Original Song ("Love or Money"). It was also nominated for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst New Star (Kristin Scott Thomas), and Worst Screenplay.[10]

The film was also nominated for a Stinkers Bad Movie Awards for Worst Picture.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UNDER THE CHERRY MOON (15)". British Board of Film Classification. July 31, 1986. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Under the Cherry Moon (1986)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ Jason Draper (2008). "Prince: Life & Times". Jawbone Press.  Retrieved on 02 January 2008
  4. ^ Thorne, Matt (2012). "Prince". London: Faber & Faber. p. 117. ISBN 9780571273492. Retrieved 02 December 2014.
  5. ^ Draper, Jason (2011). "Prince: Chaos, Disorder and Revolution". New York: Backbeat Books. p. 112. ISBN 9781458429414. Retrieved 02 December 2014.
  6. ^ Clare Fischer Filmography: Thanks. IMDb. Retrieved 02 December 2014. See also:
  7. ^ Durkee, Cutler (1986-07-21). "Prince Charming". People 26 (3). Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for July 4-6, 1986". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. July 7, 1986. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Under the Cherry Moon (1986)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ "1986 Archive". Razzies.com. 
  11. ^ "1986 9th Hastings Bad Cinema Society Stinkers Awards". Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 17, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture

(tied with Howard the Duck)
7th Golden Raspberry Awards

Succeeded by
Leonard Part 6