Moonlight Mile (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  4 October 2002 (USA)
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As he copes with the death of his fiancee, a young man befriends her parents and must figure out what he wants out of life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Messing ...
Lev Friedman ...
Server #1 (as Robert Clendenin)
Jim Fyfe ...
Server #2
Mrs. Meyerson
Mr. Meyerson
Marcia Mitzman Gaven ...
Fashion Plate
Stan Michaels
Diana Floss
Gary Hetzler ...


A young man lingers in the family home of his fiancee, after her accidental death. While grieving along with her parents and drawn into legal issues presented by a district attorney seeking justice for the family, he finds himself falling in love with another woman, against his own best intentions. Written by Eileen Peterson, unit publicist

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In life and love, expect the unexpected.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baby's in Black  »

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Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$329,771 (USA) (27 September 2002)


$380,376 (Japan) (11 July 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jake Gyllenhaal and Dustin Hoffman are sitting on the park bench talking, the scene is actually two locations. When you see them from the front, that is in Marblehead, Massachusetts. When you see them from behind, you're seeing Gloucester, Massachusetts (where The Perfect Storm (2000) was filmed). You can see evidence of the two locations in the bench they are sitting on - the numbers and thickness of the slates change at the different points of view. See more »


When Joe is at dinner with Mulcaheys, his wine glass moves back and forth on the table between shots. See more »


Bertie: So, did you come back for that drink?
Joe Nast: [chuckles] No, the dancing, actually.
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with "For all our loves...departed, or yet to arrive..." See more »


Featured in Moonlight Mile: A Journey to Screen (2002) See more »


Hymn 43
Written by Ian Anderson
Published by Chrysalis Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Jethro Tull
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Good acting saves this
1 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

True, this movie is not for everyone. It is not for action junkies and it isn't that exciting as dramas go. But the excellent acting by the three main leads will hold your attention, if you let yourself get into it.

Dustin Hoffman is completely believable as the dad whose hopes and dreams have vanished with his daughter and he struggles to hold on to them in a state of denial. Susan Sarandon's character has accepted the fact and turns away from friends' sympathy. And as the fiancée in a slight state of paralysis from numbness, Jake Gyllenhaal proves he can play more than disturbed teen. The girl's parents try to hold onto him as their last hope of clinging to their daughter. Joe (Gyllenhaal) doesn't want to hurt them by leaving, but has to find his own path now.

The actors keep the movie going for longer than expected. Even though by the end you're glad it's over, it'll stick in your mind. It's the kind of movie you only see once, or else you'll get sick of it. But the one time will be enough for you to appreciate its quiet despair and hope.

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