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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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7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Has it's problems but... I liked it 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 »
Movie Connections:
References Super Size Me (2004)See more »
It Only Takes OneSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Has it's problems but... I liked it, 29 September 2013
Author: WakenPayne from Valhalla

Why did I want to see this movie? Your guess is as good as mine. I guess that I really want to review things and just watch any movie chosen out of a hypothetical hat just so I can review it regardless. Is this movie about horses worthwhile family entertainment? In my eyes it can be.

The plot is that Moondance Alexander (Kay Panabaker) is a 14 year old girl who has trouble fitting in and has to cope with the death of her father. She has a part time job delivering supplies to stables and on the way to her latest delivery she finds a horse who escaped from their stable and they form an instant connection. After the horse is returned she proposes a deal with the owner of the stable, Dante Longpre (Don Johnson), she will work for him over the summer break and she can ride the horse, who she named Checkers. Over time, Moondance (Who names their child Moondance?) bonds with the horse. After finding out Dante was a pretty good horse jumper (I hope that's a correct term!) in his day, she decides to enter Checkers in a contest for jumping horses.

So what is there to complain about with this movie? How about THE SOUNDTRACK! I mean every other complaint that will be brought up in this review was at least tolerable but the guy who did the music seemed to have the song selection be from EVERY SINGLE LIVE ACTION KIDS FILM OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS. 10 minutes in and it annoyed the crap out of me. It even broke the ice in what was intended to be the most emotional scene in the movie.

Another complaint I have with this movie is that Moondance should have been shown grieving over her father's death just a bit more. I know it's meant to be for kids but the scenes where this does happen are too few and far between in this movie.

Aside from that everything to complain about is minor. I mean yes - the movie is predictable, yes - the characters intended to annoy succeed beyond their wildest dreams, yes - the story and plot points are slightly contrived. I really don't see a major problem in them because once taken away, this movie can stand on it's own pretty well.

Aside from that, I'll go for the compliments. Kay Panabaker can act really really well. Everyone does a decent job (in some cases you have to consider the material they were given - for example the villains) but Panabaker was the stand out.

I also like the message of this movie. Basically the message is "be yourself and overcome your obstacles". I know what you're thinking "In your previous review you criticised something for having an unoriginal message, what makes this so different?" The answer is that in my opinion this actually gets the message across in a fresh way that isn't contrived.

So aside from those 2 I did enjoy the directing and the writing (although that does get a little weak around the end). They do a good job here getting a rather contrived story about inspiration and the odds being against the heroes but coming out on top while still keeping it fresh.

So would I recommend this movie as family entertainment? Yes. I am not in the target audience for this movie (I'm a 17 year old boy) and I found something in it that was complimentary. So if you want some family entertainment for your child (I know I shouldn't be stereotyping but preferably female) which you can also enjoy then pick up Moondance Alexander. For a person like me, call it a guilty pleasure.

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