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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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Complete credited cast:
Marie Foster
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 ...
Foster Twin
Spencer Ball ...
Foster Twin


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?


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un été en Louisiane  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,935, 6 October 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reese Witherspoon answered an open casting call in Nashville, Tennessee, for extras, but ended up landing one of the lead roles. See more »


The first time Dani goes swimming in the pond, we see her running naked; but as she jumps in she's wearing undergarments, as well as when she climbs back onto the dock. When she climbs the ladder, she's naked again. 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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The Producers wish to thank: The LADIES of "JUST FRIENDS" See more »


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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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One of the best movies I have ever seen
9 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Perfect movies are rare. Even my favorite films tend to have flaws - Rear Window looks a little stagey at times, Chris Elliot's character in Groundhog Day doesn't work, the music score in Best Years of Our Lives is too cheesy, the beginning of Nights of Cabiria is a little too slow - but this film is perfectly executed from start to finish.

The script is brilliant, the acting is superb all around (although Reese Witherspoon and Sam Waterston are amazing, the whole cast shines), the directing and the photography are inspired, and the music score is touching without being intrusive (like some Miramax scores that are too manipulative). Every sad moment is truly moving, every light moment makes me smile. This truly is one of the best films I have ever seen and I wish there were more films like it.

I am glad that Reese Witherspoon has gone on to stardom after this film, but I am sorry to see that her recent movies are so much more escapist and silly than this serious film which is about real people, real feelings and real problems. Brilliant! A must-see.

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