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Moondance Alexander -- Inspired by a true story, this family adventure features an all-star cast, including Don Johnson, Olympic-skating silver medalist Sasha Cohen, Lori Loughlin and Kay Panabaker. Life is a rough ride for awkward, friendless, 15-year-old Moondance (Panabaker). But when a Pinto pony named Checkers leaps into her life, Moondance pursues a dream she never knew she had.


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Release Date:
19 October 2007 (USA) See more »
Sometimes Being Different Is The Best Way To Fit In. See more »
The curiously named, Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is... See more » | Full synopsis »
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6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A Pinto Named After Nixon's Dog See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)

Kay Panabaker ... Moondance Alexander

Don Johnson ... Dante Longpre

Lori Loughlin ... Gelsey Alexander

James Best ... Buck McClancy

Sasha Cohen ... Fiona Hughes

Whitney Sloan ... Megan Montgomery

Joe Norman Shaw ... Ben Wilson
Aedan Tomney ... Josh Wilson

Greg Lawson ... Miles

Tom Carey ... Tom Wyman

Landon Liboiron ... Freddie

Julia Maxwell ... Rachel

Mimi Gianopulos ... Bella
Kirk Heuser ... Announcer
Brian Gromoff ... Judge Tyler
Jemma Blackwell ... Judge Harvey
Joyce Doolittle ... Rose
Tanya Dixon ... Shannon McGinnis
Chanel Sponchia ... Sara

David Haysom ... Anderson Guard
Heather Seagrave ... Aubry

Joe Cipriano ... Himself
Mike Weir ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amanda Philipson ... Additional Voices
Picasso ... Checkers
Spook ... Checkers
Trigger ... Checkers

Directed by
Michael Damian 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Janeen Damian  written by
Michael Damian  written by

Produced by
Laurette Bourassa .... producer
Janeen Damian .... producer
Michael Damian .... producer
Brad Krevoy .... executive producer
Frank C. Muggia .... executive producer
Doug Steeden .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Thomas 
Cinematography by
Julien Eudes 
Film Editing by
Avril Beukes 
Bridget Durnford 
Casting by
Rhonda Fisekci 
Production Design by
Myron Hyrak 
Set Decoration by
Jim Murray 
Costume Design by
Carol Case 
Makeup Department
Tania El Zahr .... first assistant makeup artist
Cathy Olshaski .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Linda MacLean .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alex Burnett .... second assistant director
Jesse Cooper .... second second assistant director
Cory Faulkner .... first assistant director
Jess Maldaner .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Shelly Goldsack .... property master
Albert F. Seibert .... on-set dresser (as Albert Seibert)
Sound Department
Tyler Claridge .... adr recordist
Tyler Claridge .... sound effects editor
Kyle Clausen .... sound re-recording mixer
Lisa Hannan .... sound effects editor
Michael Kreple .... foley mixer
Wade Maude .... boom operator
Bryce Shonka .... sound effects editor
George Tarrant .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
David Fred Masselink .... digital optical compositor
David Van Woert .... titles producer
David Van Woert .... visual effects producer
Leo Vezzali .... visual effects producer
T.J. Bews .... horse wrangler
Kirk Jarrett .... stunt coordinator
Lori MacKay .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
David T. Brown .... still photographer
Nancy Klokocka .... dolly grip
Brett Manyluk .... steadicam operator
Ostap Toroshenko .... key grip
Martin Wilde .... gaffer
Casting Department
Chris Ippolito .... casting assistant
Kris Rurka .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Hyde-Kerr .... costume set supervisor
Editorial Department
David Tai Bornoff .... additional editorial
Randy Coonfield .... video colorist
Flo Krisko .... colorist
Mato .... color timer
Scott Freeman .... on-line digitizer (uncredited)
Music Department
Jorge Costa .... additional music editor
Tom Dalgety .... music scoring engineer
James Fitzpatrick .... music contractor
Jan Holzner .... score recording engineer
Alistair Primrose .... music preparation and score reader: recording session
Larry Weir .... music producer
Tom Weir .... score mixer
Other crew
Alan Abrams .... production legal
Tony Desmond .... key accountant
Jan Gillan .... first assistant accountant
Steven Hanulik .... assistant production coordinator
Cameron Macgowan .... production assistant
Allison Mella Strina .... business and legal affairs (as Allison J. Mella)
Jason Nolan .... assistant location manager
Ben Owens .... location manager
Kelly Stone .... production coordinator
Michael Blakey .... the producers wish to thank

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Netherlands:94 min | USA:94 min
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Continuity: When Checkers gets up from colicing, Moondance doesn't have a lead rope on him, when it cuts back to her, a red lead rope is clipped onto Checkers' halter.See more »
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References Super Size Me (2004)See more »
What Might Have BeenSee more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Pinto Named After Nixon's Dog, 26 November 2008
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

"Saddle Club" meets "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "Bratz", as the prettiest friendless teenage girl in cinema history goes up against her "Queen Bee" nemesis in a local equestrian competition. Throw in a little "Pollyanna" here for good measure as the friendless girl manages to inspire the adults in her town to lead better lives.

Kay Panabaker plays the friendless girl (Moondance Alexander), and Kay is so pretty she makes figure skater turned aspiring actress Sasha Cohen look rather plain by comparison. And Kay is a polished enough actress with enough effortless charm to almost make this film work. Unfortunately she is saddled (pun intended) with one of the worst written scripts you are likely to ever encounter.

The best scenes are those where Panabaker is alone on the screen and the worst are those involving her teenage rivals-the dialog given to these inexperienced cast members is almost surreal in its staggering lameness.

The film is at least one back-story too many as there just isn't time to adequately cover Moondance coping with her father's death, reconciling her mother's new romantic interest, getting flirty with the son of her mother's boyfriend, saving stable owner Donte (Don Johnson) from a wasted life of alcohol abuse, turning her horse Checkers into a competitive jumper, and giving Roscoe P. Coltraine (James Best) a few moments of mild comic relief.

"Moondance Alexander's" target audience of preteen girls and Sasha Cohen fans wasn't enough for it to get a widespread theatrical release but it is available as a direct-to-DVD product. There is nothing original or exciting here but it is a pleasant enough family film. And the dare to be different theme is handled quite nicely.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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