Under the Cherry Moon (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Under the Cherry Moon (1986)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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Rock-star Prince pays tribute to himself in this self-indulgent, musical follow-up to his smash hit Purple Rain. Christopher Tracy plays piano in a posh restaurant on the French Riviera. When working the bar, he is out trying to con rich women with his partner Tricky. The two try to woo an heiress worth $50 million and when her father disapproves mayhem ensues.
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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as Christopher Tracy
Jerome Benton
as Tricky
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Mary Sharon
Francesca Annis
as Mrs. Wellingotn
Steven Berkoff
as Mr. Sharon
Alexandra Stewart
as Mrs. Sharon
Pamela Ludwig
as The Girl Friend
Barbara Stall
as The Girl Friend
Karen Geerlings
as The Girl Friend
Jean Allaz
as Sharon Butler
Victor Spinetti
as The Jaded Three
Myriam Tadesse
as The Jaded Three
Moune de Vivier
as The Jaded Three
Daniel Bensadoun
as Musician
Amoury DesJardins
as Young Boy at Party
Beatrice Berthet
as Party People
Garance Tosello
as Young Girl at Party
Patrice Malenec
as Larry Minders
Azouz Saieb
as Mary's Minder
Rosette Taubert
as Sharon Maid
John Rico
as Mary's Chauffeur
Amoury des Jardins
as Young Boy at Party
Veronique DeNoyel
as Party People
Lydie Diakhate
as Party People
Patricia Poulain
as Party People
Nicky South
as Party People
Alexa Fioroni
as The Dancer
Maurice Lenorman
as Maitre D'
Sam Karmann
as Police Inspector
John Cooper
as Mrs. Wellington's Butler
Jobby Valente
as Champagne Lady
Maurice Simon
as Pianist
Marie Jean Julien
as Violinist
Nicolas Monard
as Photographer
Claude Copola
as Uniformed Policeman
Monica Quigley
as Bombshell Blonde
Giselle Finazzo
as Voluptuous Brunette
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Critic Reviews for Under the Cherry Moon

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (10)

Cherry Moon had some potential as a cultish Trading Places. But it drowns in its pretenses. No doubt, Prince fancies himself an auteur in his directing debut. But he has no restraint, no true vision. It's as if we've all been mooned.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016
Washington Post
Top Critic

In Under the Cherry Moon, Prince does more for movie musicals than any performer since Frank Sinatra and more for bared midriffs than any sex symbol since Little Egypt. Forgive me, Madonna, but it's true.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

In Under the Cherry Moon, the self-styled auteur is obviously aiming for a romantic tragedy with occasional lighthearted moments. What he ends up with, however, is purest camp.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016
Orlando Sentinel
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[An] absurdly bad movie.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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[A] faux-'30s goof about an impish gigolo who woos and abuses a rich debutante.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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As flat and uninteresting as a newsreel from the 1930s about vacationing in the south of France.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Under the Cherry Moon


Prince is just so goddamn charming. This movie is a great mix of Purple Rain and A Hard Day's Night- full of charm, great music and a great sense of humor. I also loved Prince wearing his influences on his sleeve in this film, from the obvious Hard Days Night references (heck, Victor Spinetti is even IN the movie) to the Casablanca settings, to his amazing Rococo 80s outfits. My only complaint is I wish it had been in color, but only because Prince is so vibrant it feels like you're missing a huge piece of who he is in black and white.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

I've gone on record liking this movie. Gonna have that record expunged, til I change my mind, again.

George Isaacs
George Isaacs

This movie was very funny, I would have rated it lower if it didn't keep making me laugh. Prince normally seems to have a very serious personality with his music, so it's refreshing, surprising and funny to see him joking around. This was also a good movie considering that he directed it too, it's not easy to do both, especially when you're not actually a professional film director. The sets and cinematography are beautiful too, they're in tune with his music. The one thing I would like to say I didn't expect, was the ending. I wasn't sure whether it was the right kind of ending or not. On one hand it was realistic, but on the other hand, it feels like a let down. But overall I liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

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