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Man in the Moon
     

The Man in the Moon

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Director: Robert Mulligan

Cast: Sam Waterston, Tess Harper, Gail Strickland

 

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In its elegiac nostalgia for the days of childhood innocence, Robert Mulligan's The Man in the Moon recalls another of Mulligan's earlier films, To Kill A Mockingbird. Set in a Louisiana backwater town in the 1950s, the film chronicles the coming-of-age of a young teenage girl. Dani (Reese Witherspoon) is a fourteen-year-old girl who shares a room with

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In its elegiac nostalgia for the days of childhood innocence, Robert Mulligan's The Man in the Moon recalls another of Mulligan's earlier films, To Kill A Mockingbird. Set in a Louisiana backwater town in the 1950s, the film chronicles the coming-of-age of a young teenage girl. Dani (Reese Witherspoon) is a fourteen-year-old girl who shares a room with her seventeen-year-old sister Maureen (Emily Warfield). During hot summer nights, they sleep on the screened-in back porch of their home, talking about romance, the future, and the meaning of life. Moving into the house next door is a handsome seventeen-year-old boy, Court Foster (Jason London). Court meets Dani at the local swimming hole and they are immediately attracted to each other; through Court, Dani experiences her first true and perfect love. But when Court meets Maureen, the sparks really fly and Maureen falls in love with him too. Now Maureen is torn between holding back her love for Court or accepting his love and betraying her sister. A tragic event makes Maureen's mind up for her.

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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Director Robert Mulligan returns with great success to the stomping grounds of adolescent angst that proved so richly fruitful for him with To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and The Summer of '42 (1971). The director's facility with young actors is proven again with a knockout performance from talented teenager Reese Witherspoon, delivering a fully developed, remarkably self-assured turn alongside such intimidating veteran thespians as Sam Waterston and Tess Harper. Lacking in the sort of high-concept appeal that tugs modern audiences into theaters, Mulligan's highly literary film is more of a short story than a novel, but that doesn't detract from its power. In fact, The Man in the Moon (1991) is the sort of sun-dappled country piece deceptively robust with high emotion that might be written by Horton Foote and directed by Robert Benton. Praise for a homespun drama doesn't get much higher than that.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/1998
UPC:
0027616612434
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Waterston Matthew Trant
Tess Harper Abigail Trant
Gail Strickland Marie Foster
Reese Witherspoon Dani Trant
Jason London Court Foster
Emily Warfield Maureen Trant
Bentley Mitchum Billy Saunders
Ernie Lively Will Sanders
Shari Rhodes Actor
Dennis Letts Doc White
Anna Chappell Mrs. Taylor
Derek Ball Foster Twin

Technical Credits
Robert Mulligan Director
Jane Bogart Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Bill Borden Associate Producer
Gene Callahan Production Designer
William M. Elvin Production Designer
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
William S. Gilmore Executive Producer
Jerry Grandey Associate Producer
Gordon Hayman Camera Operator
Larry Holt Stunts
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeremy London Stunts
John Moio Stunts
Frank Norwood Screenwriter
Shari Rhodes Casting,Executive Producer
Mark Rydell Producer
Peter V. Saldutti Costumes/Costume Designer
Trudy Ship Editor
Fredda Slavin Art Director
Jenny Wingfield Screenwriter

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The Man in the Moon 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
lorabelle2 More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie when i was younger. I thought it was inspiring, sad and interesting. I would love to see it again. 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is just amazingly great. and to me the older sister should not have betrayed her little sister like that. i mean she may be atracted to the boy vice-versa, but still...to me that just is quite wrong. but it is nice to know that sisters are always there for you through thick and thin times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved it it was a good movie but her sister shouldnt have betrayed her like that it was a good movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT WAS A VERY GOOD MOVIE PROABLY ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I HAVE EVER SEEN. IT MADE ME CRY AT THE END. IT WAS SOOOOOOOOO GOOD
Guest More than 1 year ago
Incredibly moving, great performances, great story. Definately on my top 10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie with my 3 teenaged granddaughters and it gave us a real bonding evening. We all loved it. I can't believe I missed this one when it first came out. On a more personal note, I appreciated the tender way it portrayed young love (sweet and innocent, occurring naturally)
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis was an absolutely amazing movie. The way it captured how different people deal with their emotions was great. Very powerful and moving. One of my favortie movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is such a great movie. It makes you laugh and cry and you can relate to these people portraying these characters. Reese Witherspoon was so good in this movie. Once again this movie was absolutely great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was a great movie filled with up's and down's. If you are wanting a good movie to watch choose this one. I can really relate to almost every personal thing that happens in this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness gravy was this movie great!!! I mean it is my new favorite movie!!! I could watch it over and over again!!! It was a good tear jerker, and I love those kind of movies!!! I would reccomend this movie to all girls, of all ages!!! If you need to bond with a family member or a friend this is the movie to watch!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a sweet but innocent romance movie starring Reese Witherspoon. It divides the meaning of true love between friends and sisterhood..........IT IS THE BEST!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this movie. If you are like me and love a good tear jerker than this is the movie for you. One of the best movies I have seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the man in the moon was a touching story that by the end made me cry/laugh/and be happy all at the sametime. this heart touching story about two sister that share everything untill a boy comes thay both fall in love. makes me feel both embrassed, and anxious to see what happens next.
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