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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 29 June 2012 (USA)
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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.


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The Narrator
Andreas Sheikh ...
Rob H. Campbell ...
Deluca (as Rob Campbell)


Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down -- which might not be such a bad thing. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A tormenting and surprising story of children and adults during the stormy days of the summer of 1965.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 June 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Moonrise Kingdom - Un reino bajo la luna  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$522,996 (USA) (25 May 2012)


$45,507,053 (USA) (26 October 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Commenting on the film's connection to the first time he fell in love, director Wes Anderson has said, "Well, what I wanted to do was re-create the feeling of that memory. The movie is kind of like a fantasy that I think I would have had at that age. When you're 11 or 12 years old, you can get so swept up in a book that you start to believe that the fantasy is reality. I think when you have a giant crush when you're in fifth grade, it becomes your whole world. It's like being underwater; everything is different." See more »


When the audience is hearing the broadcast over the transistor radio, the close-up shot on the radio reveals that it is turned off. See more »


Cousin Ben: [walking briskly] Is this him?
Sam: Field Mate Sam Shakusky, Troop 55, resigned.
Cousin Ben: [dramatically] He's hot. Almost too hot. What's in the can?
Redford: $76, but it's mostly in nickels.
Cousin Ben: Give it to me.
[to Sam]
Cousin Ben: Your badge in seamanship?
Sam: Yes, sir.
Cousin Ben: Good. There's a cold water crabber moored off Broken Rock. The skipper owes me an IOU. We'll see if he can take you on as a claw cracker. It won't be an easy life, but it's better than shock therapy.
Sam: Thank you, sir. By the way, where's the chapel tent?
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Crazy Credits

During the final credits, Alexandre Desplat's music is vocally decomposed, like it was for the piece of classical music during the movie. See more »


References Charulata (1964) See more »


Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: The Spacious Firmament on High
Composed by Benjamin Britten
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User Reviews

Moonrise Kingdom will leave you dreamy and smiling, with a hint of melancholy
17 May 2012 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Let's try to understand the miracle I have just witnessed. Director Wes Anderson is 12 years old, has just experienced his first love while at Summer camp, and immediately rushed to a camera to tell us, his pen pals, the story. A slightly embellished story which follows the perfect scenarios we would draw at night in our beds at this age. It has all the tiny details, the sense of adventure and the freshness of youth. How someone 43 years old in real life could do this movie is beyond me. The drawback of this miracle for the viewer is that such a jump back into the kind of idealized feelings you had in your early teens leaves you with quite some melancholy when you leave the cinema.

It could be that some people do not connect to the movie and just see it as "adorable" or "cute" and nothing more. But I suppose most people will feel connected, notably because the movie has this straight-to-the-point attitude in both the technique and the story-telling; the story is read to you, not force-fed with dramatic music and whatnot. Just like one of the characters who reads bedtime stories to the others.

You might complain about the lack of character development for some of the big names in this film (Norton, Willis, Murray - McDormand less so as she gets more detailed screen time than the others) but I suppose this is wanted: kids will see hints of the issues adults are facing, but can't understand them fully. And remember this is a movie shot by 12-year old Wes Anderson.

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