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Moonlight -- A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
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Moonlight -- A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Moonlight -- A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.


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Writers (WGA):
Barry Jenkins (screenplay)
Tarell Alvin McCraney (story)
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Release Date:
18 November 2016 (USA) See more »
This is the story of a lifetime.
A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 196 wins & 210 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Simple Story Told in a Universal Way See more (230 total) »


  (in credits order)

Mahershala Ali ... Juan
Shariff Earp ... Terrence

Duan Sanderson ... Azu (as Duan 'Sandy' Sanderson)

Alex R. Hibbert ... Little (as Alex Hibbert)

Janelle Monáe ... Teresa

Naomie Harris ... Paula

Jaden Piner ... Kevin (9)
Herman 'Caheei McGloun ... Longshoreman (as Herman 'Caheej' McCloun)
Kamal Ani-Bellow ... Portable Boy 1
Keomi Givens ... Portable Boy 2
Eddie Blanchard ... Portable Boy 3
Rudi Goblen ... Gee

Ashton Sanders ... Chiron

Edson Jean ... Mr. Pierce

Patrick Decile ... Terrel
Herveline Moncion ... Samantha

Jharrel Jerome ... Kevin (16)
Fransley Hyppolite ... Pizzo
Jesus Mitchell ... Old School Guard
Larry Anderson ... Antwon
Tanisha Cidel ... Principal Williams

Trevante Rhodes ... Black

Stephon Bron ... Travis

André Holland ... Kevin
Don Seward ... Tip
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Justin Ebenhack ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry Jenkins 
Writing credits
Barry Jenkins (screenplay by)

Tarell Alvin McCraney (story by)

Produced by
Sarah Esberg .... executive producer
Dede Gardner .... producer
Andrew Hevia .... co-producer
Jeremy Kleiner .... producer
Tarell Alvin McCraney .... executive producer
John Montague .... associate producer
Veronica Nickel .... co-producer
Brad Pitt .... executive producer
Adele Romanski .... producer
Original Music by
Nicholas Britell 
Cinematography by
James Laxton 
Film Editing by
Joi McMillon 
Nat Sanders 
Casting by
Yesi Ramirez 
Production Design by
Hannah Beachler 
Art Direction by
Mabel Barba 
Set Decoration by
Regina McLarney  (as Regina McLarney Crowley)
Costume Design by
Caroline Eselin  (as Caroline Eselin-Schaefer)
Makeup Department
Doniella Davy .... makeup department head
Gianna Sparacino .... head hair
Production Management
Stephen P. Del Prete .... production supervisor
Jennifer Radzikowski .... unit production manager
Reynaldo Rodriguez .... associate production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Mendoza .... second assistant director
Art Department
Yvonne Aja .... assistant property master
Robert Crowley .... additional lead man (as Robert P. Crowley)
Ryan Crowley .... additional lead man
Clark Grimes .... assistant property master
Becca Kenyon .... property master
Jeremy Koenig .... lead man
Keiter Liriano .... art department intern
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... supervising sound editor
Julio Alvarez .... boom operator
Onnalee Blank .... re-recording mixer
Christopher Bonis .... sound effects editor
Ryan Briley .... adr & dialogue editor
Micaela Cain .... foley mixer
Federico Costantini .... dubbing mixer (italian version)
Chris David .... re-recording mixer
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Benjamin Gieschen .... foley editor
Chris Giles .... sound mixer
Nate Grady-Reitan .... assistant sound editor
Frederick Howard .... sound effects editor
James Parnell .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Betty Cameron .... visual effects artist
Dirk Greene .... visual effects artist
Alek Rost .... visual effects producer
Camera and Electrical Department
James Baldanza .... steadicam
David Bornfriend .... still photographer
Libor Cevelik .... steadicam operator: day player
Jean Daguillard .... grip
Joseph B. Dare .... camera operator
Andy Futo .... best boy
John Galindez .... best boy grip
Kiva Knight .... gaffer
David Lanes .... key grip
Rusty Pouch .... rigging gaffer
Stéphane Renard .... first assistant camera
Adam Roback .... electrician
Giovanni Rodriguez .... grip
Fabricio Sacknies .... grip
Anthony Schrader .... key grip
Osvaldo Silvera Jr. .... steadicam operator
Billy Wells .... second assistant camera
Daniel Williams .... grip
Casting Department
Madeleine Escarne .... background casting assistant
Monica Sorelle .... background casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Waiana Chancy .... costumer
Lisa Jamouzian .... costumer
Fernando Rodriguez .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Alex Bickel .... digital intermediate colorist
Claudia Guevara .... digital intermediate producer
Daniel Orentlicher .... digital intermediate assist
Location Management
Daniel Capestany .... assistant location manager
Faren Humes .... location manager
Keisha Rae Witherspoon .... location scout
Music Department
Nicholas Britell .... musician: piano
Nicholas Britell .... orchestrator
Nicholas Britell .... score produced by
John Finklea .... music consultant
Tony Finno .... music preparation
Marguerite Phillips .... music supervisor (as Maggie Phillips)
Christine Greene Roe .... music coordinator (as Christine Greene)
Thomas Vicari .... Music Scoring Mixer
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter .... Music Clearance Coordinator
Other crew
Bryan Angarita .... production assistant
Carles Berot .... marketing and creative services
Dominique N. Butler .... insurance broker
Kristina Chiu .... production counsel
Robert Colom .... production assistant
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Pedro M. Guillen .... production coordinator
Shelby Halberg .... production assistant
Debbi L. Klopman .... immigration legal
Ruben Malaret .... publicist
Nicole Wulf Maldonado .... intern
Dawn McLeod .... craft service
Sebastian Pardo .... title design
Linda Pilgrim .... craft service
Laura Pinto .... additional script supervisor
John Portnoy .... production services
Frank Rivera .... production staff
Danniel Rodriguez .... assistant: Barry Jenkins
Danniel Rodriguez .... production assistant
Matthew Romanski .... production assistant
Laurel Kay Schmidt .... intern
Anita Surendran .... production counsel
Melinda Taksen .... script supervisor
Nick Thurlow .... production services
Todd Williams .... production services
Jason Wool .... Talent Wrangler/Production Assistant
Carolyn Govers .... the producers wish to thank
Morgan Kellum .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Marco Antonio Martinez .... special thanks

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Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout
111 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

With his Oscar nomination, Barry Jenkins has become the fourth black filmmaker nominated in the Best Director category.See more »
[First Lines]
Juan:Business good?
Terrence:Business good. Everybody cleaned out, it's in the cut if you want it.
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64 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
A Simple Story Told in a Universal Way, 12 October 2016
Author: bigmystery23 from United States

This is a movie that deserves to be seen without knowing too much about it. I want to be brief about my reaction to this film, but what I really want is for you to know that this is a must-see film because it showcases a story from characters not seen enough in film. It's an important film not because it draws attention to race, but because it reminds the audience that skin color shouldn't be a factor in filmmaking (though there are exceptions, particularly with historical accuracy).

First, I must applaud Berry Jenkins on his firm direction. He is not afraid to be poetic, to guide his film away from conventional storytelling and offers the audience to connect to the film in their own way. The film is not about a black man figuring out his sexuality, but about how identity takes time to discover, something almost (if not) everyone can relate to.

The performances, ranging from the children to the adults, are so raw and powerful. Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali are the standouts, both on the verge of receiving awards recognition. A standing ovation to the casting director!

The soundscape is particularly impressive. It knows when to draw in sound and when to take it away, what type of music is necessary in the particular scene (bravo to composer Nicholas Britell), when to bring the volume and bass up or down, and so on.

There is so much more to say about this film, but I want to leave it up to you to decide. And I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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