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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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Rabbi
Lev Friedman ...
Cantor
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Server #1 (as Robert Clendenin)
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Marcia Mitzman Gaven ...
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Gary Hetzler ...
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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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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$6,830,957 (USA) (7 March 2003)
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Writer/director Brad Silberling wrote the characters of Ben and JoJo Floss with Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon in mind. See more »

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

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Joe Nast: [voiceover] Dear Bertie, You asked me before where I went. And I want to tell you. I went to a place where nothing's right, where every moment's backwards, every sky's without colour, without hope. I tried to come back, Bertie. But I got lost. And while I was gone, I met you. And I didn't even have the courage to realize I was home. A wise friend of mine told me "we all have our homes", and now I know it's true. I hope you get this letter, Bertie. I figure I got 75 chances. Cause if you do ...
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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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Twentieth Century Boy
Written by Marc Bolan
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI) o/b/o
Wizard (Bahamas) Ltd./BMG Music Publishing International Ltd.
Performed by T. Rex
Courtesy of Wizard (Bahamas) Limited and Courtesy of Demon Music Groups Ltd.
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An underrated masterpiece.
15 January 2006 | by (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) – See all my reviews

"Moonlight Mile" is one of the most beautiful films ever to be made. Highlighted by phenomenal performances by Hoffman, Sarandon and Hunter, the film is truly inspiring, despite some overly-sentimental moments.

Brad Silberling has created an amazing piece of film. The story starts out quite shakily, but manages to quickly find its feet and, thus, saves itself from being another overly-indulgent, kitchy movie. Some might battle with "Moonlight Mile"'s pace, as the film takes its time in developing its characters. However, the film is character-driven and these developments are fundamental to the film's progression.

Holly Hunter's performance is Oscar worthy, even though her role is quite small. Judi Dench won an Oscar for her 8 minute performance in "Shakespeare in love" and I see no reason why Hunter should not have been nominated. Amongst a cast of film legends, Jake Gyllenhaal holds his ground. It is obvious that he has had less experience in the acting field, but his performance is still great. Gyllenhaal's climatic monologue near the end of the film will give you goosebumps. It is the best part of the film and in my opinion one of the best scenes in cinema history.

In a film about one of the most life-changing, traumatic experiences one can endure, subtlety rules. Little things drive the film and the characters in the film begin to appreciate the smaller things in life. And that's what makes the film so beautiful and so real. The subtlety of the comedy and romance is what makes the drama that much more bearable - which brings us back to the films central theme: coming to terms with loss and trying to move on from it. These beautiful little moments are what make the film.

One might have mistaken "Moonlight Mile" for a Cameron Crowe film as music plays a vital part. The film's music is as evocative as the action on screen and the film's epic moments are emphasised by the films perfectly fitted music.

This film has been overlooked and underrated, and should have received more credit. Silberling has crafted an outstanding piece of cinema, which is rich with emotion and evocatively inspiring. Some cynics may find the film too sentimental and will claim they predicted the entire movie, but if one is able to ignore the odd mushy moment (there's one or two), "Moonlight Mile" is a cinematic triumph. Treat yourself to this amazing film!


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