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Once in a Blue Moon (1995)

Late-1960s suburban Canadian children work on building a rocket vessel, with the intention of delivering one or two neighborhood children to the moon, whilst dealing with social issues of the coming-of-age, orphan-hood and family veins.

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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cody Serpa ...
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Sam Cardinal
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Emily Piper
Mike MacDonald ...
Mr. Piper
Cheryl Wilson ...
Mrs. Piper
Amber Warnat ...
Josephine Piper
Elysa Hogg ...
Jess Piper
Scott Augustine ...
Dan Guilford
Tyler Jay ...
Bosco Guilford
Justin Wilkie ...
Kent Guilford
Rhys Huber ...
Bernie Hannerfen
Ryan Taylor ...
Jacob Wasserman
Joe Maffei ...
Mr. Marshall
Curt Willington ...
Billy Neederman
Julie Bond ...
Mrs. Neederman
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Late-1960s suburban Canadian children work on building a rocket vessel, with the intention of delivering one or two neighborhood children to the moon, whilst dealing with social issues of the coming-of-age, orphan-hood and family veins.

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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language
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31 May 1995 (Canada)  »

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Egyszer a Kék Holdon  »

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Film debut of William deVry. See more »

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(Bobby Gimby) 1967
Godon V. Thompson Music
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Pretty strange...
2 February 1999 | by (WA) – See all my reviews

"Once in a Blue Moon" is an obscure comedy-fantasy-drama that is aimed for mostly children. Your children most likely missed this one when it played in theaters (if it played in theaters), but they are given several opportunities to view it as it comes on such cable movie stations as HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc. Will they like it? Hard to tell...the kids in the movies are pretty sweet. There is Peter Piper(what's the point of giving a character such a stupid name?), a sensitive, artistic little boy(I think the kids are about ten), who is blessed with "delicate" features, and longish curly hair. To add to this, his family hasn't a lot of money, so Peter must wear the hand-me-downs of his older sister to school each day(attire includes red bell bottom pants and a puffy "peasant style" shirt with pretty red flowers--what kind of a mother is this?). Needless to say, he is somewhat of a social outcast, but lucky for him, a friend comes along, an interesting, Indian(Native American, but this was set in the late 60's or early 70's or something, and they didn't call him that) kid called Sam Cardinal. Peter and Sam bond instantly, and together they play each day, outsmart the (utterly annoying)town bully and some other meanies that tease them. During one of these teasings, they decide to build a rocket ship, and well, they do(since this is a fantasy film and all). Interesting stuff happens during their build and after, that kids could get into, but it's a vaguely dim-witted story and some parts of it are just mind-boggling. For instance, each and every fantasy sequence is not explained, so it plain does not make sense(a husband and wife embrace, and the husband reaches into the sky and pulls down and twinkling star...and they go onto the next scene.)Also some scenes are tossed in without much effect(Children in a school literally laugh at Peter and elude him for no appearant reason, making him resort to the solitude of color a picture while "Classical Gas" plays beautifully in the background...and then they go onto the next scene)and some scenes with the bully and such other supporting characters lower the intelligence level of this film. All in all, it's passable entertainment, if nothing else.


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