Box of Moon Light (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 July 1997 (USA)
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Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Fountain
Floatie Dupre
Purlene Dupre
Deb Fountain
Alexander Goodwin ...
Bobby Fountain
Rica Martens ...
Ray Aranha ...
Robert Wightman ...
James Richardson ...
Stephen Dupree ...
Eugene Wolf ...
Reathel Bean ...
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Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking for a lake he remembers from his childhood. But his wandering takes him into the life of Kid, a free-spirited young man who helps Al escape from the routine of everyday life and find freedom to enjoy himself. Written by Mike Myers <>

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Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Box of Moonlight  »

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Box Office

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$13,500 (USA) (25 July 1997)


$720,717 (USA) (19 September 1997)

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Appeared on Entertainment Weekly's list of The 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen in the Jul 16, 2012 issue. See more »


When watching wrestling and eating hot dogs with the Kid, Al's hot dog goes from half-eaten to him taking the first bite of it back to half-eaten depending on the camera angle. See more »


Al Fountain: I can't believe it. I've been looking all over for this place. I don't know why, really. I spent a couple of days there when I was a kid, and, and I just remember having a really good time.
Old Motel Clerk: Me, too. My brother and I drowned a cat there once.
Al Fountain: Is that right?
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Referenced in Wann ist der Mond eigentlich rund? (1999) See more »


Written by Tom DiCillo (as T. "Nacho" DiCillo)
Performed by Tom DiCillo (as T. "Nacho" DiCillo) and Camilla Toniolo
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little jewel of a film
9 May 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Due of my obsession for Sam Rockwell i found this wonderful piece of film, knowing absolutely nothing about it, and...what can I's well as we would say it in German: einfach wunderbar.....

Tom DiCillos Film describes in very brilliant scenes how a boring typical American father and husband discovers what life meant to be.... This film has several great scenes in it...the all-American-way of life is present throughout the whole story, showing for example this really fat boy jumping around the pool, or the incredible friendly woman of the car-renal-station....

John Turturro is brilliant as this empty man, who seems to never had any joy in his whole life, accept as a kid at this lake where he travels to, as the had some days off after work.... On his way he meets Buck alias The Kid, a young man who lives deep in the woods far away from every society..For seven days now these very different people get together...and it's so inspiring to see them become...well....some kind of friends.

Sam Rockwell is absolutely gorgeous as The Kid, i had this weird feeling - whenever he's in – i have to embrace this grown-up kid ever and ever again, never let him go.... His face in this scene when Turturro's Character wants to get back the key for his car.... Well....surely i only want to intimate that this film is acting at it's purest.... In the end Turturro's Character as changed, in a little not so obvious me to.

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