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The Man in the Moon (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  4 October 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Matthew Trant
Abigail Trant
Marie Foster
Emily Warfield ...
Maureen Trant
Bentley Mitchum ...
Will Sanders
Dennis Letts ...
Doc White
Earleen Bergeron ...
Mrs. Sanders
Anna Chappell ...
Mrs. Taylor
Brandi Smith ...
Missy Trant
Sandi Smith ...
Missy Trant
Derek Ball ...
Spencer Ball ...


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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4 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un été en Louisiane  »

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$2,853,801 (USA)

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Final film of director Robert Mulligan. See more »


When Matt arrives home in the rain after taking Abby to the hospital his shirt is soaking wet when he pauses outside. But when he enters the house his shirt is dry. See more »


[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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That's Alright
Written by Arthur Crudup
Performed by Elvis Presley
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI) and Crudup Music (BMI)
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Touching drama about first love.
7 May 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Reese Witherspoon plays Dani, a young country girl that falls madly in love with the new 17 year old neighbor, Court, played by Jason London. Court tries his best to make Dani realize that the difference in their ages would make a love relationship improbable. Soon the nubile charm of Dani starts winning over Court's will. Next enters the meeting of Dani's older sister, played by Emily Warfield, and the beginning of a short lived love/jealousy problem.

Tess Harper and Sam Waterston round out the cast. This is a fresh, free spirited; but heartbreaking drama that touches down deep. Feel free to cry.

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