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Pontiac Moon (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 4 November 1994 (USA)
An absent-minded-professor father and his son bond during a symbolic road trip through the Western U.S. while his wife tries to overcome her neuroses to save the family.

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Washington Bellamy
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Katherine Bellamy
Ryan Todd ...
Andy Bellamy
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Ernest Ironplume
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Lorraine
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Jerome Bellamy
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Alicia Frank
J.C. Quinn ...
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Gene Borkan ...
Trucker with Cigarettes
Ron Burke ...
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Ramsey Ellis ...
School Kid
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Fred Frook
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An absent-minded-professor father and his son bond during a symbolic road trip through the Western U.S. while his wife tries to overcome her neuroses to save the family. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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Sometimes the journey of becoming a family can be as difficult as going to the moon.

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Der Traum von Apollo XI  »

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Whoopi Goldberg was originally set to star as Katherine Bellamy. At the time, Goldberg was dating Ted Danson who would later marry her replacement in the film Mary Steenburgen. See more »

Goofs

Andy and his Dad Washington drive along at 60mph in the Pontiac with the hood down. They stand up but there is no wind blowing in their faces, nor are their clothes rustling. See more »

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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

REACH OUT AND I'LL BE THERE
Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland
Performed by The Four Tops
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
by association with PolyGram Special Markets
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Love this movie
19 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a movie collector for decades who considers himself very critical & picky about films, I can't help myself, I love this movie. Yeah, it's maybe a little far-fetched or corny sometimes but there isn't a second of it that's not enjoyable – it's just too charming and well directed with exactly that effect in mind, and with a beautiful musical score, superb cinematography and a tight script. I think Ted Danson possibly gives his best performance ever as Washington Bellamy, an enraptured-with-knowledge elementary school teacher who also collects beautifully oddball classic cars. The story line described above about trying to match the distance the Apollo crew travels by simultaneously driving over a large part of the country to the Spires of the Moon National Park is already a remarkably charming idea. This will be his "one perfect act" as he brings his very cute young boy with him, leaving behind an quirky paranoid wife who is always afraid to leave the house. Mary Steenburgen plays this part with superb humor as she sets off after her husband and son. Of course, interesting adventures and troubles occur during the journeys but it's Washington's never failing enthusiasm for life and its wonders that really make the film's ideas all work. I've watched this film a number of times and will watch it again into old age and when I'm no longer able to enjoy it I'll be ready to die.


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