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Pontiac Moon

Overview

A dysfunctional family reunites during the Apollo XI moon landing in this drama starring real-life couple Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. In 1969, eccentric teacher Washington Bellamy (Danson) turns the arrival of men on the moon into a science project for his son Andy (Ryan Todd). They drive across the country to Idaho's Spires of the Moon National Park, where the odometer of Washington's classic Pontiac Chief will read 238,857, the exact mileage traveled by Apollo XI. Left behind is wife and mother Katherine ...
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Overview

A dysfunctional family reunites during the Apollo XI moon landing in this drama starring real-life couple Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. In 1969, eccentric teacher Washington Bellamy (Danson) turns the arrival of men on the moon into a science project for his son Andy (Ryan Todd). They drive across the country to Idaho's Spires of the Moon National Park, where the odometer of Washington's classic Pontiac Chief will read 238,857, the exact mileage traveled by Apollo XI. Left behind is wife and mother Katherine (Steenburgen), an agoraphobic who never recovered emotionally from a miscarriage seven years earlier. On the road, Washington and Andy encounter a Native American soldier (Eric Schweig), a flirty barfly (Cathy Moriarty) and Washington's long-lost brother (Max Gail). Back home, Katherine nervously ventures outside to follow her family. When Washington's car breaks down, he steals a new engine, bringing the authorities after him and leading to a rendezvous at the park between father, son, mother, and cops, as the astronauts simultaneously land on the moon. Pontiac Moon (1994) was a critical lemon for director Peter Medak, who enjoyed more success with his British crime dramas such as The Krays (1990) and Let Him Have It (1991).
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround; English subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • UPC: 097363296041
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,972

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ted Danson Washington Bellamy
Mary Steenburgen Katherine Bellamy
Ryan Todd Andy Bellamy
Eric Schweig Ernest Ironplume
Cathy Moriarty Lorraine
Tamara Wilcox-Smith Buffalo Bar Singer
Max Gail Jerome Bellamy
Lisa Jane Persky Alicia Frank
J.C. Quinn Bartender
John Schuck Officer
Don Swayze Local
Gene Borkan Trucker with Cigarettes
Ron Burke Ranger
Keith MacKechnie Gas Station Attendant
Leslie Ryan Auburn
Arthur Senzy Mechanic
James Oscar Lee Buffalo Bar Singer
Technical Credits
Peter Medak Director
Jeffrey Beecroft Production Designer
Bob Benedetti Executive Producer
Anne V. Coates Editor
Ted Danson Producer
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Robert Franco Set Decoration/Design
Cellin Gluck Asst. Director
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jeffrey Brown Producer, Screenwriter
Jane Jenkins Casting
Thomas Kloss Cinematographer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Robin Oliver Asst. Director
Kim Ornitz Musical Direction/Supervision
Sharon Roesler Co-producer
Robert Schaffel Producer
Peggy Schnitzer Costumes/Costume Designer
William Ladd Skinner Art Director
Finn Taylor Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Youssef Vahabzadeh Producer
Rick Waddell Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Battle for Survival
2. Quiet Desperation
3. House Rules
4. Spires of the Moon
5. One Perfect Act
6. Stepping Out
7. Restraint
8. The Farm
9. Kind Stranger
10. Cheek to Cheek
11. The Accident
12. Taking Control
13. Serendipity
14. No More Lies
15. Race to the Moon
16. One Giant Leap
17. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      English 5.1 Surround
      English Dolby Surround
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Challenge of Stepping Out!

    This was an overlooked instant classic that not enough people have seen. It is a fantastic story regarding the fears we create for ourselves and the internal drive we each possess that enables us to smash those fears head-on. There is a beautiful passion we each carry for those special to us and once we remember the value of those relationships, we will go to incredible lengths to capture it again. Wonderfully acted by Mary Steenbergen and Ted Danson, Ryan Todd was great in his more than supporting role as the son. A hillariously funny and poignant depiction of what real family should be.

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