Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

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Two brothers from Miami are in the Mediterranean, 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 has Christopher Tracy 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.

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.

Under the Cherry Moon (1986) - Prince

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. 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:

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).

Under the Cherry Moon Movie Poster (1986)

Under the Cherry Moon (1986)

Directed by: Prince
Starring: Prince, Jerome Benton, Kristin Scott Thomas, Steven Berkoff, Emmanuelle Sallet, Alexandra Stewart, Francesca Annis, Pamela Ludwig, Barbara Stall
Screenplay by: Becky Johnston
Production Design by: Richard Sylbert
Cinematography by: Michael Ballhaus
Film Editing by: Éva Gárdos, Rebecca Ross
Costume Design by: Marie France
Set Decoration by: Ian Whittaker
Art Direction by: Damien Lanfranchi
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: July 4, 1986