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Moonlight Mile (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 4 October 2002 (USA)
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)
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)


$6,830,957 (USA) (7 March 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Holly Hunter; and two Oscar nominees: Jake Gyllenhaal and Edward Lachman. See more »


Massachusetts did not have the death penalty in the early '70s. See more »


Bertie: Oh shit, I gotta pee!
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in 'Old School' Orientation (2003) See more »


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Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Published by Universal - songs of Polygram Inc. o/b/o Universal
Dick James Music (BMI)
Performed by Elton John
Courtesy of Mercury Records Ltd.
Under licensing from Universal Music Enterprises
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Simply exquisite
2 July 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is an absolute gem of a movie. The script is absolutely delicious, the acting out-standing and to put it bluntly, this film is brilliant.

Joe Nast's (Gyllenhaal) world suddenly becomes very claustrophobic when his fiance, Diana, is shot dead. Now Joe is stuck in Diana's child-hood home with her two grieving parents; Jo-Jo (Sarandon) and Ben (Hoffman) who both deal with their loss in very different ways. Ben wants to keep moving, not slow down long enough to feel the pain of it all while Jo-Jo just lets her emotions run rampant. Joe, meanwhile, doesn't know what to do with himself. Does he stay in the small town, and go into commercial real-estate with Diana's father? Or does he leave, and find out what he wants to do? The second choice becomes increasingly tempting when Joe meets local waitress and postal-employee, Bertie (Pompeo), who is dealing with the loss of her own loved one, Cal, who left for Vietnam 3 years ago and doesnt look to ever be coming back. Joe and Bertie reluctantly fall for each other, and the relationship and trial of Diana's murderer propels Joe to confront all of his battling emotions and release a secret he's been desperately trying to communicate to Jo-Jo and Ben.

Gyllenhaal, Sarandon, Hoffman and even new-comer Pompeo are absolutely magnificent. There is a comedic twist in Moonlight Mile, which they all play very well, but know when to shift gears and tug the audience's heart strings. Each deliver a beautiful performance with the help of director and writer Brad Silberling, a genius who you should be sure to be on the look out for.

I have read some real hair-pulling comments about this remarkable film. Some people have seriously bagged the hell out of it. But these are the same people who couldnt even realize where they pulled the title 'moonlight mile' from. For those idiots, it came from Bertie's song 'Moonlight Mile' by the Rolling Stones that Joe plays on the jukebox.

Dont be fooled. This film can appear slow at times, but if you stick with it, you realize that every single sentence, every solitary scene, has a deeper meaning. Take the symbolism of the 'watches' for example. This is a smart film, dont expect to just sit there and not have to do any thinking- absorb it, cheesy as it sounds, it truly is magnificent. appreciate moonlight mile, dont just write it off like some loser's have.

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