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Moonlight and Valentino (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  29 September 1995 (USA)
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A young widow still grieving over the death of her husband finds herself being comforted by a local housepainter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Trager Lott
Sylvie Morrow
Jenny Morrow
Drew Morrow
Matthew Koller ...
Alex Morrow
Scott Wickware ...
Kelli Fox ...
Harrison Liu ...
Mr. Wong
Wayne Lam ...
Mr. Wong's Son
Ken Wong ...
Mr. Wong's Father
Carlton Watson ...
Jack Jessop ...
Thomas Trager


College poetry professor and poet Rebecca Trager Lott's husband Ben Lott has just died in a freak accident. Rebecca's support during this difficult time consists of her best friend Sylvie Morrow, her sister Lucy Trager, and her ex-stepmother Alberta Trager. Earth mother Sylvie is dealing with what she sees as the probable end of her own marriage to her husband Paul Morrow. Chain smoking Lucy is a directionless and insecure woman who is still mourning their mother's death fourteen years earlier from cancer. And Wall Street executive Alberta, who Lucy in particular doesn't like in her life (especially as Alberta and their father have since divorced) is a domineering but admittedly efficient woman who treats her personal life as an extension of her professional life. As time progresses and each woman deals with her own issues while trying to help Rebecca, a hunky house painter who they have nicknamed "Valentino" enters their collective lives. "Valentino" profoundly affects each of their ... Written by Huggo

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Virginity, sex, the big cry, and other salty topics.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief strong language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

29 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moonlight et Valentino  »

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$2,488,858 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Writer Ellen Simon is Neil Simon's daughter. See more »


Alberta Trager: We are who we are, irrespective of the company we keep.
Rebecca Trager Lott: Which is why ever since some painter screamed for his idiot dog with a stupid name we've been unable to utter one intelligent word.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »


I Can't Get Next To You
Written by Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong
Performed by The Temptations
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Under-rated girl talk film about what makes women special.
3 September 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Moonlight..." is a slightly massaged and sanitized but insightful and warm look at a woman (Perkins) coping with grief with help from a distaff trio of family/friends. A beautifully crafted piece of work at all levels, this dialogue-intensive film spares us much of the usual mourning melodrama and gets right into the healing process with humor, charm, and sensitivity while exploring the principal's relationships and not lingering too long on the central grief issue. Overall, an entertaining piece which, IMHO, was scored too low by users because of the male side of the jury. Recommended for more mature audiences... and Ebert, wake up and smell the roses.

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