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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)  »

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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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Diane Lane wanted Viggo Mortensen to be in the film so much that she gave up part of her salary so that the production could afford him. See more »

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In the bedroom, when Walker drops the needle on the record, we have already heard the opening bars to "White Bird". See more »

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Kiss of Fire
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Unfulfilled expectations…?
4 November 2002 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

A touching look at life, human weaknesses, missed dreams, and opportunities.

Having read all of the posted reviews, what I find most interesting is the overall male consensus that the film portrays the husband as the guilty party for his wife's dissatisfaction. Being male, I find it hard to believe that so many of my gender feel so weak and betrayed.

Pearl, doesn't blame her husband and only learns to value and understand him better as also having missed out on some of life's potential. Also, I find it hard to accept the moralizing in the reviews. The film is not condoning the illicit relationship, the idyllic couplings and temporary `escape', are photographed as what we dream we've missed. Are acted out fantasies, to be moralized? Pearl knows, the fantasy can't last and a price will be paid.

Haven't we all missed out from time to time? How many men have fantasized (and acted out) Pearl's actions and expected to be forgiven. Why because they're men??? A well acted, beautifully filmed, and nicely scored remembrance, of the period of self exploration and human frailty.


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