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A Walk on the Moon (1999)

 -  Romance | Drama  -  2 April 1999 (USA)
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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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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 by the television company broadcasting the moon landing. 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 Alison, where events have a deep impact. Written by rosebud6

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Romance | Drama

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

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2 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blouse Man  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,741,987 (USA) (2 July 1999)
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The movie on the lawn at the Jewish summer camp was King Rat (1965). See more »

Goofs

When we first meet the Blouse Man in his bus, he is listening to the Grateful Dead playing the song 'Ripple' on the radio. The movie takes place in summer of 1969, but the song was written in 1970. See more »

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Daniel Kantrowitz: [Dad Marty is driving his family on vacation, mom beside him in front, granny & kids in back; they're singing the Name Game: "Shirley Shirley bo-Birly, Bonana Fana fo-Firley" etc] Let's do "Chuck"
Marty Kantrowitz: No "Chuck". We don't do "Chuck"
Daniel Kantrowitz: You never let me do "Chuck".
Marty Kantrowitz: When you're married you can do "chuck".
[mom raps dad in the arm, smiling]
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The producers wish to thank ... The Merchants of St-Viateur Street ... See more »

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Soundtracks

Purple Haze
(1967)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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The way we were
29 March 2003 | by (Durham, NH) – See all my reviews

The sixties were a time of great transition. At their beginning was the Peace Corps: a way to help those in need of a better life. At their end it was the me generation: how high can I get or how can I satiate my senses to the fullest. This movie is one of the best "encapsulations" of those events that I've seen.

The moral overtones of the movie are overwhelming. Wrongs occur. Do we run away from them? Do we trash our lives because of them? This movie attempts to address these questions. It does it well.

Finally, what brings it all together? In two words: Diane Lane. She possesses a deep but quiet beauty that makes it work. Her character asks, "I'm approaching middle age. I have children and a good but somewhat boring husband. Is this all there is?"

All ask this question as youth begins to fade. The answer this movie purports makes it exceptional and even classic. A hundred years from our descendants will look at this movie and appreciate its incite in human existence.


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