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The Man in the Moon (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 4 October 1991 (USA)
A coming of age story set in the South of USA when Elvis was King.

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Marie Foster
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Bentley Mitchum ...
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Will Sanders
Dennis Letts ...
Doc White
Earleen Bergeron ...
Mrs. Sanders
Anna Chappell ...
Mrs. Taylor
Brandi Smith ...
Missy Trant
Sandi Smith ...
Missy Trant
Derek Ball ...
Foster Twin
Spencer Ball ...
Foster Twin
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Storyline

Rural Louisiana, summer of 1957, Elvis is King. At 14, Dani is coming of age. Her older sister is beautiful, smart, and off to Duke in the fall; her mom's pregnant with number four (Dad wants a son), and Dad's pretty strict. Life gets sweeter when 17-year-old Court Foster, his widowed mom, and two little brothers move into the vacant farm next door. Court likes Dani's high spirits and direct way, and though he has a man's responsibilities on the farm, they go off swimming sometimes. The waters of adolescence are deeper than Dani realizes as hers and Court's feelings get jumbled. Then Mother Nature throws wrenching surprises at Dani, and she must come to terms with new emotions. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Remember when you couldn't wait for your life to begin... and then, one day, it did?

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Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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4 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un été en Louisiane  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$109,935 (USA) (6 October 1991)

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$2,853,801 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the final directed by Robert Mulligan before his death on December 20, 2008 at the age of 83. See more »

Goofs

When Dani leaves the pond after her nighttime swim, she is soaking wet. However, when she returns home, she is completely dry. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dani: I love Elvis so much.
Maureen Trant: You love everybody so much.
Dani: I do not.
Maureen Trant: You do, too.
Dani: No I don't.
Maureen Trant: Okay, you don't.
Dani: Well, I don't. Maureen, sometimes you make me feel like such a baby.
Maureen Trant: You are a baby.
Dani: I wish I could be just like you.
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Crazy Credits

The Producers wish to thank: The LADIES of "JUST FRIENDS" See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1991 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Loving You
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
Published by Gladys Music (ASCAP), Jerry Leiber Music (ASCAP) and Mike Stoller Music (ASCAP)
Gladys Music administered by Chappell & Co.
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Very Good
8 February 2003 | by (Ky.) – See all my reviews

I doubt I would have ever rented the film, it looked too much like just a teenage love story. However, a friend who's taste I respect, recommended it. I thought the film was excellent. "The Man in The Moon" is one of those rare movies that gets it right. A warm and tender story of a family, and growing up, without being maudlin. It was the first time I'd seen Reese Witherspoon, and she was indeed impressive. You knew she had something special about her, like seeing a very young Elizabeth Taylor, in an old MGM movie. This film is idealized, yet honest. Many of us grow up with both joys and some pain, and there is an unexpected twist, that when it hits -- it hits hard.


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