Moonlight Mile

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Overview

Director/screenwriter Brad Silberling brings his past grief to the big screen in Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Moonlight Mile, a touching, sometimes witty film about a fiancé who loses his bride-to-be in a shooting and then forms a strong bond with her parents. (Silberling's girlfriend, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, was murdered years ago by an obsessed fan.) The Moonlight Mile DVD and all its extras are just as inviting as the film, which didn't receive enough attention in theaters. Digitally mastered in 2.35:1 ...
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Overview

Director/screenwriter Brad Silberling brings his past grief to the big screen in Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Moonlight Mile, a touching, sometimes witty film about a fiancé who loses his bride-to-be in a shooting and then forms a strong bond with her parents. (Silberling's girlfriend, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, was murdered years ago by an obsessed fan.) The Moonlight Mile DVD and all its extras are just as inviting as the film, which didn't receive enough attention in theaters. Digitally mastered in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the picture looks wonderfully warm, inviting, and crisp. Colors are bright, yet not overwhelming. The English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround really makes the dialog pop, even during the less-articulate scenes. The highlights of the disc are the two audio commentaries: one with just Silberling, the other with Silberling and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Dustin Hoffman. The first is the most impressive, as Silberling lets viewers in on his motivation behind this movie, how he formed his own special bond with Schaeffer's parents, what themes surfaced in certain scenes, etc. The second commentary is filled with enlightening behind-the-scenes trivia and actors' opinions. Buena Vista also included a lengthy featurette, "Moonlight Mile: A Journey to Screen." This covers topics Silberling touched on in his commentary, but also adds plenty of the standard featurette fare: the "who, what, when, where, why" of the film, actors chatting away, behind-the-scenes footage, and movie snippets. Topping off the extras package are ten deleted scenes with optional commentary. In all, the heart-felt and honest commentary given by Silberling throughout the entire disc really lets viewers in on the creation of the film and Silberling's own motivations.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Audio commentary with director Brad Silberling; Audio commentary with Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Brad Silberling; "Moonlight Mile: A Journey to Screen"; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (2.35:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Right down to scoring the trailer with the insistent piano of Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," Moonlight Mile works a combination of nostalgia, grief, and uplift, trying to activate the tear ducts while lodging in the viewer's store of sentimental favorites. It almost succeeds. Brad Silberling's follow-up to City of Angels, Moonlight Mile invokes a handful of recent hits, filtering the subject matter of In the Bedroom through the out-of-time design quirks of The Royal Tenenbaums, as well as Wonder Boys' 70s soundtrack and comfort-of-home familiarity. It has too many Hollywood concessions to straddle that line between independence and accessibility, but the film does abandon some of its predecessor's more maudlin and squishy moments. Judging from his work in 2001 and 2002, Jake Gyllenhaal has patented the hipster savant with saucer eyes and messy cowlicks; this is his most effective work in that role. Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon bring their Oscar credentials to the fore in splendid ways, especially Sarandon as the more complex of the two grieving parents. The post-traumatic emotional fumbling of the leads almost ties the film together, but when the script strays from their uneasy pseudo-family dynamic, it loses focus. Despite a charismatic performance from newcomer Ellen Pompeo, a young Renée Zellweger, her romance with Gyllenhaal feels beside the point, as does the murder trial subplot involving Holly Hunter as a pushy DA. It's no coincidence these scenes also contain Silberling's most derivative writing. A more mature accomplishment than City of Angels, Moonlight Mile still has some distance to go to achieve transcendence.
New York Times
Moonlight Mile has an understated, lived-in quality and a wry, unforced sense of the absurd. A.O. Scott
Chicago Sun-Times

Moonlight Mile gives itself the freedom to feel contradictory things. It is sentimental but feels free to offend, is analytical and then surrenders to the illogic of its characters, is about grief and yet permits laughter. Roger Ebert
Hollywood Reporter
Tackles the difficult subject of grief and loss with such life-embracing spirit that the theme doesn't drag an audience down. Kirk Honeycutt


Moonlight Mile gives itself the freedom to feel contradictory things. It is sentimental but feels free to offend, is analytical and then surrenders to the illogic of its characters, is about grief and yet permits laughter. Roger Ebert
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • UPC: 786936209952
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,501

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jake Gyllenhaal Joe Nast
Dustin Hoffman Ben Floss
Susan Sarandon JoJo Floss
Ellen Pompeo Bertie Knox
Holly Hunter Mona Camp
Richard T. Jones Ty
Alan Corduner Stan Michaels
Dabney Coleman Mike Mulcahey
Alexia Landeau Cheryl
Audrey Marie Anderson Audrey Anders
John Balma Walter Ketch
J. Tom Carey Baxter
Gordon Clapp Tanner
Lenny Clarke Gordy
Bob Clendenin Server
Tom Dahlgren Judge
Richard Fancy Mr. Meyerson
Fatty Nixon, the Dog
Lev Friedman Cantor
Jim Fyfe Server
Mary Catherine Garrison Caroline
Marcia Mitzman Gaven Fashion Plate
Jessica Gee Voice Only
Roxanne Hart June Mulcahey
Gary Hetzler Speedwalker
Lisa Anne Hillman Jillian Mulcahey
Alexandra Hoffman Diner Granddaughter
Colombe Jacobsen Patty
Elizabeth Janas Cheryl's Friend
Edward Lachman Photographer
Lady Nixon, the Dog
Mark Lotito Diner Manager
Caitlin McKenna Voice Only
Careena Melia Diana Floss
Richard Messing Rabbi
Michael Molly Fay Ray, the Cat
Dee Nelson Waitress
Virginia Newcomb Cheryl's Friend
Paul Pape Voice Only
Billy Percy Fay Ray, the Cat
Paul Perri Public Defender
Phil Reeves Mr. Don Tippet
McNally Sagal Mrs. Tippet
Sandy Simpson Voice Only
Rachel Singer Rhonda Ketch
Slick Earl Fay Ray, the Cat
Mary Ellen Trainor Mrs. Meyerson
Robert Wahlberg Pinky
David Wheeler Diner Grandfather
Ken Kugler Conductor
Technical Credits
Brad Silberling Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Ashok Amritraj Executive Producer
Lisa Churgin Editor
Cinesite Special Effects
Brian W. Cook Co-producer
Gina B. Cranham Set Decoration/Design
Pud Cusack Sound Mixer
Kathleen Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Daboub Jr. Art Director
Nancy Doyle Casting
David Hoberman Executive Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Mark Johnson Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Kathy Lucas Set Decoration/Design
Rusty Mahmood Asst. Director
Chitra Mojtabai Asst. Director
Michele Panelli-Venetis Asst. Director
Phedon Papamichael Cinematographer
Joe Rossi Makeup
Rick Sharp Makeup
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision
Missy Stewart Production Designer
Leeann Stonebreaker Production Manager
Susan Sarandon Executive Producer
Rick Tiedeman Camera Operator
Maura Tighe Casting
Tighe & Doyle Casting Casting
Michelle Panelli Venetis Asst. Director
Patricia Whitcher Executive Producer
Mark Worthington Art Director
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/The Wake-Up Call
2. The Case
3. Diana's Room
4. Retrieving the Invitations
5. Living in Escrow
6. Partners
7. Bertie's Song
8. Cal's Place
9. Missing Friends
10. Late for Dinner
11. Waiting Up
12. "Fix the Window"
13. The Dinner Guest
14. A Loving Husband
15. Joe's Testimony
16. Letters to Bertie
17. Closing Up
18. Cielo/End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Bonus Material
      Moonlight Mile: A Journey to Screen
      Deleted Scenes
         View the Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary by Brad Silberling: On
         View the Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary by Brad Silberling: Off
         Play All
         The Funeral
         Diana's Room
         Bertie's First Dance
         The Block-Buy
         Joe's Office Visit
         Bertie Watches Limousines
         Ben's Competition
         Ben Meets the Boys
         Mona Visits Floss House
         The Moonlight Mile Montage
      Director Audio Commentary
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by Brad Silberling: On
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by Brad Silberling: Off
      Cast and Filmmaker Audio Commentary
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by Brad Silberling, Dustin Hoffman and Jake Gyllenhaal: On
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by Brad Silberling, Dustin Hoffman and Jake Gyllenhaal: Off
      Register Your DVD
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: None
      DVD Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow!

    This movie was simply fantastic...it made you feel every emotion all at once! Jake Gyllenhaal did a splendid job, and Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman couldn't have been any more excellent. Two thumbs way up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE EVER

    Moonlight Mile is maybe the greatest movie I've ever seen. It has so much compassion that it literally erupts with poignancy. If you're looking for a movie with spirit, love, and wit, this is it. Not to mention, the star is Jake Gyllenhaal!

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