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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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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

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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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29 June 2012 (USA)  »

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Moonrise Kingdom - Un reino bajo la luna  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$45,507,053 (USA) (26 October 2012)
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During the closing credits, the voice of a young person introduces various instruments as they join in playing a song - an obvious reference to the records played in the Hayward home. This method of spoken introduction has however also been used outside of education recordings, such as in the obscure 1967 song "Intro and Outro" by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band where atypical and strange instruments are introduced as played by unusual and unlikely musicians (such as John Wayne and Adolf Hitler), and in Mike Oldfield's seminal 1973 work "Tubular Bells" where Part One is concluded by Vivian Stanshall as "Master of Ceremonies" crediting one by one the instruments used earlier in the piece. Also, tubular bells are listed as part of the deconstruction of the Alexandre Desplat piece. See more »

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During the back and forth shots between Captian Sharp and Social Services, the wires in the switchboard change places, disappear and reappear several times. See more »

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Sam: [in letter] Dear Suzy, I accidentally built a fire while I was sleepwalking. I have no memory of this, but my foster parents think I am lying.
Mrs. Billingsley: [fighting doghouse conflagration with fire extinguisher]
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When the credits for the book cover artists appear on screen, they are also accompanied by the book covers they drew for the film. See more »

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References Charulata (1964) See more »

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The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34: Themes A.-F.
(1946)
Composed by Benjamin Britten
Performed by New York Philharmonic
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Narrated by Henry Chapin (uncredited)
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Innocent, beautiful and brilliant fun
31 May 2012 | by (Cardiff, Wales) – See all my reviews

Despite the dreadful title, Moonrise Kingdom is simply wonderful.

Since his flying start with Bottle Rocket and the triumph of Rushmore, I felt that Wes Anderson had rather tottered off a true path. The Royal Tenenbaums was hit and miss, The Darjeeling Limited was too twee, and The Life Aquatic was simply AWFUL. I take against ANY film that wastes Bill Murray.

Moonrise Kingdom doesn't repeat that error. Despite covering ground Anderson's already visited to an extent in Rushmore, MK looks at a teenage crush with fresh eyes, and surrounds it with a fantastic cast of oddballs and misfits. Unlike his films where the characters are irritatingly quirky for the sake of it, these oddballs seem organic to their strange island home. Star among them is Ed Norton as Scout Master Ward, who looks as if he's having the time of his life in shorts and woggles, in charge of a troop described as 'beige lunatics'.

Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray all play their parts but never feel as though they're elbowing for the spotlight, which keeps the mood kind, befitting the hearts of all involved in the search for runaway scout, Sam, and his pen-pal, Suzy.

Visually, it's a feast of saturated colour and fabulous design, but - as with the best of Wes Anderson - the devil's always in the detail. The laughs come from minutely observed accessories (keep an eye on the scouts' badges!) and from throwaway truths. And the soundtrack is a great mix of wistful Western and classical pieces. Definitely buyable.

Anderson flirts with surrealism, but never gets Burtonesque, controlling his story with a firmer hand and to better effect. His situations might be bizarre, but the people in them are always painfully, wonderfully human. It's also a rare film - one you could watch with your grandmother or your grandchildren, with only a couple of moments where young eyes would have to be covered, and no real violence or swearing.

There is an overwhelming feeling of innocence and good will throughout.

I loved it from the opening frames, and it only got better from there.


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