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A Walk on the Moon (1999)

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 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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Drama | Romance

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

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23 April 1999 (USA)  »

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Blouse Man  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$78,709 (USA) (28 March 1999)

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

When Grateful Dead were invited, their manager wanted the promoters to add another act he managed; he offered them two. They tossed a coin, chose Santana, and the rest is history. There is no Santana music in this movie, but perhaps they are subtly represented by the act the promoters did NOT choose, It's a Beautiful Day, with their hit "White Bird" See more »

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In the Woodstock scene where we see Pearl and Walker standing together there's the announcement, "Good morning! What we had in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000" and Richie Havens is singing his "on the spot" improvised song, "Freedom" which was actually the last song after his very long (almost three hours playing) musical set as he opened the festival on Friday at 5PM. The breakfast announcement was made by 'comic' Wavy Gravy on Sunday morning describing the "granola" gruel that was created/invented to feed (as many as possible) the 400K attendees at the festival. See more »

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Lilian Kantrowitz: Do you remember when you were a little boy and you wanted to go swimming with your cousin?
Marty Kantrowitz: Yeah - you didn't wanna let me go because...
Lilian Kantrowitz: Because I knew something terrible was going to happen. I knew your cousin was gonna drown.
Marty Kantrowitz: Yeah, but nothing terrible happened, Ma.
Lilian Kantrowitz: And why is that?
Marty Kantrowitz: Because I was careful.
Lilian Kantrowitz: No. Why did nothing terrible happen?
Marty Kantrowitz: We were extra careful because you told me.
Lilian Kantrowitz: And your cousin wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for me.
Marty Kantrowitz: What's goin' on, Ma? Who's gonna drown?
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The producers wish to thank ... The Merchants of St-Viateur Street ... See more »

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More ('Ti guardero nel cuore')
(1962)
Written by Riz Ortolani (as Riziero Ortolani), Norman Newell, Nino Oliviero,
Marcello Ciorciolini
Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Capitol Records
By Arrangement with EMI Music Special Markets
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Billions spent just so 2 guys could take a walk on the moon....
5 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

...But forget about the moon thing for a moment and let's get back to the late 60's Earth.

Summary: Pearl and her husband Marty take their family on a vacation in the summer of 1969 near Woodstock where all their friends are too, but Marty can only stay on the weekends because he has a job repairing TV sets, which takes up most of his time, especially because people want to see the walk on the moon. Pearl yearns for some excitement in her life. Her daughter is almost grown up, her son is still young, but something seems missing from her life, something she can't even experience with her husband. Enter excitement in the form of the extremely charming "blouse man" Walker Jerome, who spends his time travelling on a bus loaded with blouses that he sells at places such as the cabins. He and Pearl meet and there is an attraction, but after she sleeps with him on the night of the moon landing, everything changes for her...especially when Marty's mother realizes what Pearl is up to.

No one can be sure of what will happen later in life and as for Pearl I felt sorry for her in a way that she was trapped in the life that she was leading that was slowly dying anyways. I also felt sorry for Marty, who was subjected to his wife's affair, and for the both of them I thought it was sad to see how 2 people's lives were destroyed over a mistake of not using protection which lead to the kids and their dreams left shattered, but I do think that both of them were lucky to get that sort of a wake up call in their lives and yet they still found a way to work things out.

I rate this 8/10. Nice movie, Viggo Mortensen looked great in this movie as the bong loving hippie Blouse man.


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