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A Walk on the Moon (1999)

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The world of a young housewife is turned upside down when she has an affair with a free-spirited blouse salesman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
P.A. Announcer (voice)
Stewart Bick ...
Jess Platt ...
Mahée Paiement ...
Mrs. Dymbort (as Mahee Paiement)
Star Jasper ...
Ellen David ...
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ...
Victoria Barkoff ...
Selma Levitsky (as Vicky Barkoff)
Tamar Kozlov ...


USA, summer of 1969. Man is about to walk on the moon, the Vietnam War is breaking out, and there is the great concert in Woodstock. In a holiday camp for Jewish families not far from Woodstock, Alison and her family are on vacation. Pearl, the mother is young and attractive, but defeated by life, having become pregnant on her first loving relationship, forgetting her dreams to devote herself to her children. Marty, the father is absent because he is busily occupied working at a television repair business. One day a charming salesman arrives at the camp, selling clothes and knick-knacks. He lives an intense life of love and passion, culminating in an escape to Woodstock with Pearl, where events have a deep impact. Written by rosebud6

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blouse Man  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$78,709 (USA) (26 March 1999)


$4,741,987 (USA) (2 July 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tovah Feldshuh was only 46 when the film was made, and in real life is not quite 15 years older than Liev Schreiber, who plays her son in the film. See more »


When Pearl goes to say goodbye to Walker in his garden, there's a shot of him, and his jacket is on the fence. But in the next shot, she's carrying the jacket, and she's the one who puts it on the fence. See more »


P.A. Announcer: The blouse man is on the premises.
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The producers wish to thank ... The Merchants of St-Viateur Street ... See more »


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A Walk on the Moon
22 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. I think the soundtrack is amazing and appropriate although "Helplessly Hoping" is a cover of the CSNY classic. Still, we have Jefferson Airplane, Jesse Colin Young, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and Richie Havens to drop a few names. Listen to the lyrics in this movie...apply them to how Pearl, Diane Lane's character is feeling... Diane Lane does a wonderful job of portraying a 60's housewife who, like so many other women of the time, found herself in a life she fell into. She meets a man who reminds her of who she wanted to be...of feelings she forgot she had. Movies aren't obligated to be lessons on morality, rather they are slices of the lives we all lead or dream of leading or hope to never lead. Some of the scenes in this movie are so powerful-they really rattle the soul. The love scene at the waterfall is wonderfully scored with the amazing "Cactus Tree" by Joni Mitchell. One can feel Pearl's guilt and confusion coupled with an excitement and verve for life she truly deserves. We see Pearl come of age metaphorically as she searches her heart to find out who she truly is. I recommend checking this one out and watching with an open heart and an open mind...the music alone is worth it.

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