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Writer:
Bo Goldman (written by)
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Release Date:
19 February 1982 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A brilliantly told tale of a family falling apart . See more (30 total) »

Cast

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Albert Finney ... George Dunlap

Diane Keaton ... Faith Dunlap

Karen Allen ... Sandy

Peter Weller ... Frank Henderson

Dana Hill ... Sherry Dunlap

Viveka Davis ... Jill Dunlap

Tracey Gold ... Marianne Dunlap

Tina Yothers ... Molly Dunlap

George Murdock ... French DeVoe
Leora Dana ... Charlotte DeVoe
Irving Metzman ... Howard Katz
Kenneth Kimmins ... Maitre D'
Michael Alldredge ... Officer Knudson

Robert Costanzo ... Leo Spinelli
David Landsberg ... Scott Gruber

Lou Cutell ... Willard
James Cranna ... Harold

Nancy Fish ... Joanne
Jeremy Schoenberg ... Timmy

Aesop Aquarian ... Rick (as Stephen Morrell)

Jim Lange ... M.C. at 25th International Book Awards Dinner

Georgann Johnson ... Isabel

O-Lan Jones ... Countergirl (as O-Lan Shepard)

Helen Slayton-Hughes ... Singer
Robert Ackerman ... Waiter
Eunice Suarez ... Mexican Woman
Hector Morales ... Mexican Man
Morgan Upton ... Photographer
Edwina Moore ... Reporter
Kathryn Trask ... Nurse
Bill Reddick ... Priest
Bonnie Carpenter ... Mourner
Margaret Clark ... Mourner
Jan Dunn ... Mourner
Rob Glover ... Mourner
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Fran Ryan ... Judge (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alan Parker 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bo Goldman  written by

Produced by
Alan Marshall .... producer
Stuart Millar .... executive producer
Edgar J. Scherick .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Michael Seresin 
 
Film Editing by
Gerry Hambling 
 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Kirkland 
 
Art Direction by
W. Stewart Campbell  (as Stu Campbell)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Nelson 
Doug von Koss 
 
Costume Design by
Kristi Zea 
 
Makeup Department
Don Le Page .... makeup artist
Paul LeBlanc .... hair stylist
Martin Samuel .... hair stylist
Richard D. Sharp .... makeup artist (as Richard Sharpe)
Rick Sharp .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Nancy Giebink .... unit production manager
Ned Kopp .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Greenfield .... first assistant director (as Raymond L. Greenfield)
François Moullin .... second assistant director
Lope Yap Jr. .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Sindicich .... construction coordinator
Burt C. Wiley .... property master
 
Sound Department
Eddy Joseph .... sound editor
David MacMillan .... sound mixer
Alan Paley .... sound effects editor
Steve Powell .... boom operator
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
 
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects
 
Stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator
Gary Hymes .... stunts (as Gary M. Hymes)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Finley III .... best boy electric
Robert G. Finley .... best boy
Gary Gill .... dolly grip
Jeff Gilliam .... gaffer
Jon Guterres .... key grip
Lance Hughston .... best boy
Gilbert Johnson .... electrician
Michael Maley .... electrician
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Ron Pearce .... lighting consultant
Bobby Powell .... electrician
John Stanier .... camera operator
Baird Steptoe .... first assistant camera
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
April Webster .... casting: Los Angeles
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cathleen Edwards .... costumes
Mary Elizabeth Still .... ladies costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Stefna Borges .... assistant editor (as Stefna Smal)
Daniel Candib .... assistant editor
Richard Candib .... assistant editor
Leonard Green .... assistant editor
Richard Hymns .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Henry Travers .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Allen Burry .... publicist
Rory Enke .... location manager
Johan Gros .... production accountant (as dick gros)
Don Levy .... unit publicist
Pat Newcomb .... publicist
Ron Phipps .... financial controller
Alice Tompkins .... script supervisor
George Zimninsky .... landscape coordinator
 

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Runtime:
124 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (theatrical rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R

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Trivia:
Dana Hill was eighteen years of age when she played thirteen year old Sherry in this movie.See more »
Quotes:
George Dunlap:I'm not kind anymore.
Faith Dunlap:Me either.
George Dunlap:You're kind to strangers.
Faith Dunlap:Yeah. Strangers are easy.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ellie Parker (2005)See more »
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A brilliantly told tale of a family falling apart ., 3 November 2008
Author: RedRoadster from London, England

The title "Shoot the moon" refers to a move that can be made in a card game where the highest possible outcome can be obtained by the risky strategy of achieving the lowest possible score. This description symbolises the events that happen as the story unfolds.

Director Alan Parker (Midnight express, Angel Heart) made one of the most haunting movies about human reaction to a domestic crisis ever done with "Shoot the Moon." Featuring a beautifully written script by Bo Goldman (one flew over the cuckoo's nest) and well measured performances by a solid cast.

The film begins with George Dunlap (Albert Finney) and his wife Faith (Diane Keaton) attending an awards dinner. It is clear from the outset that the marriage is in trouble. George is sarcastic and snaps comments at his wife, whilst Faith is distant and preoccupied. The early scenes, brilliantly underplayed by the two leads, show a couple who keep up appearances for their children and colleagues but who privately have lost their way.

When it is revealed that George is having an affair with another woman, the ensuing sequence of events depict a complete breakdown in the family unit with each member of the house reacting differently to the drama.

The scene where Diane Keaton is soaking in the bath and manages to convey a dozen different emotions with her facial expressions whilst singing "If I fell" is incredibly moving. Perhaps even more powerful a scene though, is where George turns up to the family home unannounced to give his eldest daughter her birthday present, only to be shut out of the existence he used to be a part of and treated as an unwanted outsider. It is a sequence shown with characters displaying desperate and raw emotions completely without sentiment as the gravity of what George has done becomes evident.

Finney and Keaton are on top of their game here as is a young Dana Hill (who tragically died prematurely from diabetes) whose scenes with Finney are heartbreaking. Peter Weller also gives good support with a subtle performance as the new man in Faith's life.

A scene where the two leads have a fight over dinner in a hotel feels a bit out of place with the somber tone of the rest of the movie and was probably added to give some comic relief to the audience after so much depression. The film makers also seemed to go "Hollywood" with the ending which seems out of sorts with the rest of the story.

When Oscar time came around in 1982, "Shoot the Moon" was ignored. The film's depressing story was certainly out of character with the main stream features of the day, but more significantly a factor perhaps was that Robert Redfords "Ordinary People" had already covered the family falling to pieces story in 1980 and the academy had honoured the film heavily. There was likely a reluctance by the academy voters to recognise a similar film in the same way so soon.

"Shoot the Moon" is a harrowing tale of how decisions have tragic consequences for others and how sometimes you only realise what kept you going in life, after you've thrown it away.

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