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Under the Cherry Moon (2004)

Prince , Jerome Benton , Prince  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Prince, Jerome Benton, Kristin Scott Thomas, Steven Berkoff, Emmanuelle Sallet
  • Directors: Prince
  • Writers: Becky Johnston
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CTSV8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Under the Cherry Moon" on IMDb

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Two brothers from Miami are in the Mediterranian are enjoying life by scamming money off of rich women. One day, they read about a young woman set to inherit $50 million from her father. At first, Tricky (Jerome Benton) has Christopher Tracy (Prince) talked into romancing her for her money, but as he gets to know her, Christopher falls in love with her. This love comes between the brothers, and Tricky tells all about the plan...

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince in Valentino mode! August 14, 2004
I shouldn't like this movie, but I kind of do. It's a total vanity project for Prince, but it's charming and funny so I enjoy watching it. Prince plays Christopher, a gigolo who plays piano in the French Riviera. He sets his sights on a rich heiress, and then finds himself falling in love. Meanwhile the father does not approve, and wants him hurt or dead. The movie is photographed extremely well by a legendary lensman called Michael Ballhaus. It looks phenomenal! And Kristin Scott Thomas seems to breathe some real life and class to her role as Mary. Jerome Benton is just fun to watch as he goofs on everyone. And Prince is Prince - mysterious and fully decked out in stack heels and full make-up.

The DVD is nice. It includes all the videos, and a trailer. But the real treat is seeing it in widescreen after all these years. Filmed on location in Nice, France ... mmmmm! South of France.

Hits include "Kiss" and "Girls & Boys". Some of Prince's most exotic and rythmic music.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time in a land called "Fantasy" August 25, 2004
This is not nearly as good as the Purple Rain and Sign o' the Times movies... however, if you are a child of the 80's / hardcore Prince fan, then you already love every corny / self-indulgent second of Under the Cherry Moon. This is Prince at the height of his post Purple Rain out-of-control narcissism and that's what makes it so much fun! Cryptic in-jokes and costume changes run wild to the beat of Prince and the Revolution's quirky funk-pop. The movie isn't given any special treatment in it's transfer to DVD. No 5.1, no commentaries of any kind but the inclusion of the music videos for the songs Mountains, Kiss, Girls & Boys and Anotherloverholenyohead is a nice touch. I wish they would've added the live performance of Prince and the Revolution from the MTV Under the Cherry Moon premiere at Sheridan, Wyoming but I guess that will have to wait for the Under the Cherry Moon: Special Edition. STOP LAUGHING! IT COULD HAPPEN!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites March 19, 2006
I guess I understand why this movie was so savagely criticized during it's year of release, 1986. Prince was still enjoying huge popularity based largely on the success of "Purple Rain," both the film and the soundtrack. And critics love to knock someone off a pedestal, which is what they did to Prince in those days. Many claimed that the movie was nothing more than an ego trip. They couldn't believe Prince had the nerve to fire the director and then assume that role himself. It was all way too harsh criticism for a movie that isn't trying to be anything more than a fun romantic comedy.

Of course, poor critical response alone doesn't usually keep the public from making a movie popular. Yet "Under the Cherry Moon" was a bomb at he box office. Probably the main reason for this is that the movie, although shot in color, was released in black-and-white. For some unfathomable reason, the general movie-going public is more often than not horrified at the prospect of seeing a black-and-white movie. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not claiming that had the movie been released in color that people would have flocked to it in droves. I'm only saying that it would have attracted more of an audience if it had been in color. I will acknowledge that this movie's target audience is Prince fans. Since I am one myself, and have been most of my life, I'm not the most entirely objective viewer.

But I make no apologies for my love of this movie. It's not a "guilty pleasure" for me, because I proudly hold this as one of my favorites.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's no Casablanca, but it's funny, funky, campy fun September 27, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
So "Under the Cherry Moon" is a sinfully self-indulgent movie built around a self-indulgent, narcissistic but supremely talented and charismatic star. That being said, it's a thoroughly enjoyable movie, particularly for loyal Prince fans like myself.
The cinematography of this movie is more beautiful with each viewing. It's also very funny (most times, where it's supposed to be). Prince and Jerome Benton have very good comic timing at certain spots, and some great lines emerge (who didn't laugh when Tricky said he'd "slap the waves" out Chris' head?).
Prince and Kristin Scott-Thomas do have decent chemistry. Scott-Thomas does her best with a limited role, and she demonstrates the appeal that led to better roles down the line. The movie only lags when it tries to get too serious, but it has always been an overall delight.
Last, but certainly not least, the score and the soundtrack are incredible. The soundtrack, "Parade," is a groundbreaking (albeit underappreciated) LP of avant-garde funk, and provides the thematic backbone for the movie.
I can't wait for the DVD . . .
(a modified version of my prior review)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent romantic comedy! May 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This has to be one of my all time favorite movies. It shows a side of Prince that not to many people have seen until now. Despite the failure of this movie, I think the average Prince fan will agree that this is a cute and romantic comedy and I would definetly recommend it. Prince plays "Christopher Tracy" a lonely gigalo takes avantage of lonely rich women and uses them, unitl one day he falls in love with "Mary Sherrie" played by Kristin Scott Thomas and in the end he finds the true meaning of love. I meet Jerome Benton who plays Prince's sidekick "Tricky" in the movie he was a little embarrassed that I brought up that movie, I told him it was definetly better than Graffitit Bridge. I'm sure any Prince fan would agree with me on that one. I give the movie 5 stars! It you want to see a side of Prince in a funny romantic mood, this is a movie I would strongly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ok Movie, Soundtrack is an A+.
Published 7 days ago by P. Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Published 9 days ago by Rhonda Huey
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Movie
One of my favorite movies and it arrived on time. Thank you
Published 11 days ago by sume durant
2.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed his first movie Purple Rain better
I enjoyed his first movie Purple Rain better. I suppose this had a storyline to it, but it could have been better.
Published 16 days ago by Julie Liming
5.0 out of 5 stars 99Angie61
Love me some Prince, Morris, Jerome...
Published 19 days ago by Angie McIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite old movies of my past
This is one of my favorite old movies of my past. It brings back happy memories of when I first saw it, Plus it's funny as well. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Vincent Kerley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best movies ever. Love me some Prince. Beyond worth the buy <3
Published 1 month ago by Bree Bristol
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit weird.
I was hoping it would be as good as Purple Rain or close to it but this was a bit weird.
Published 2 months ago by Debra Vallone
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the Cherry Moon
Prince and his music at a great place! His music Rocks today but this movie is special if you haven't seen it then TREAT YOURSELF and check it out!
Published 2 months ago by Miles Finch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy for any Prince fan!
I love this movie and Prince! I love this movie because it is Princes! It doesn't take a true Prince fan to really enjoy this movie!
Published 2 months ago by Gail Werner
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