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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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Drama | Romance

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  »

Filming Locations:


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 »


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


Pearl Kantrowitz: I went to Woodstock.
Marty Kantrowitz: You went to Woodstock.
Pearl Kantrowitz: Ummm...
Marty Kantrowitz: Was it groovy?
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank ... The Merchants of St-Viateur Street ... See more »


Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Purple Haze
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal 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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