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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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Cast

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Matthew Trant
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Abigail Trant
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Marie Foster
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Maureen Trant
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 ...
Spencer Ball ...
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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  »

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$2,853,801 (USA)
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Trivia

Jeremy London, Jason London's twin brother, filled in for some shots in the movie, such as Dani and Court's drive into town. See more »

Goofs

Reese Witherspoon's flesh-colored top can be seen when Court discovers Dani skinny-dipping as she gets out of the water. 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

Only You
Written by Buck Ram & Buck Ram (as Ande Rand)
Performed by The Platters
Published by Hollis Music, Inc. (BMI) and Screen Gems - EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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A Beautiful, Heartbreaking Film
5 October 2003 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Man in the Moon" is a beautifully realistic look at life through the eyes of an adolescent. Director Robert Mulligan magically re-creates screenwriter Jenny Wingfield's autobiography of her childhood with gorgeous cinematography and a haunting, lyrical musical score. This film hits home as one of the most powerful and emotionally affecting films in recent times.

This film is incredible, all the acting first rate, especially Sam Waterston and an astonishing performance by Reese Witherspoon in her film debut. You will feel every emotion as this life changing summer in 1957 on the Trant family farm comes to a conclusion.

"The Man in the Moon" was a limited release in 1991, and you will love the fact that most of you're family and friends will probably have never heard of it. Buy this dvd and enjoy 100 minutes of pure poetic art. This film is truely the essence of filmaking at its finest.


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