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Moonlight Mile (2002)

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

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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.

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

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4 October 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baby's in Black  »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$109,295 (Japan) (27 June 2003)

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$380,376 (Japan) (11 July 2003)
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The original title of the film was "Baby's in Black" named after The Beatles' song. But the producers found it too expensive to obtain the rights to use the song. So the film was renamed "Moonlight Mile" after a lesser-known tune by The Rolling Stones. See more »

Goofs

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

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[Bertie and Joe start slow dancing to the Rolling Stones' "Moonlight Mile"]
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Bertie: You played my song.
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The credits end with "For all our loves...departed, or yet to arrive..." See more »

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References Ordinary People (1980) See more »

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Sweet Thing
Written and Performed by Van Morrison
Published by WB Music Corp. o/b/o itself and Caledonia Soul Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Great performances highlight Moonlight Mile.
12 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

*** out of ****

While not quite a great movie (it just barely misses the mark), Moonlight Mile is still an excellent drama that showcases some of the finest acting talent around, wrapped amidst a beautifully told story of a young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) who's trying to do what everyone expects out of him, but against the desire of following his own heart.

Moonlight Mile plays as a cathartic experience. The premise bears truth to it, as it parallels writer/director Brad Siberling's own real-life experience when his girlfriend was murdered by an obsessive fan. But most importantly, almost every part of this movie feels natural in its emotions and storytelling, not the result of some sentimental hackjob put together by a big studio. Siberling's intent is to portray a normal family dealing with life, loss, and love and whatever obstacles may come their way and he does a fine job of it.

There are moments Moonlight Mile doesn't entirely ring true, but those moments are glossed over by the acting. From Gyllenhaal to Ellen Pompeo to Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon, the cast is uniformly superb. Even though the climax is set in a courtroom (typically the setting for cliche hell in dramas), Gyllenhaal's emotional outpour makes the scene work almost magnificently.

An admittedly very irksome element of the film is the score, which is yet again another rip-off of the music to American Beauty. Moonlight Mile's straightforward, honest approach doesn't match the quirky tone of the score, resulting in a few off-kilter moments of balance. But otherwise, this is a first-rate, truthful drama, and certainly superior to the overrated and similary themed In the Bedroom.


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