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Moment by Moment (1978)

A lonely socialite and a young drifter enter into a May-December romance.


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Jane Wagner
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Complete credited cast:
Lily Tomlin ... Trisha
John Travolta ... Strip
Andra Akers Andra Akers ... Naomi
Bert Kramer Bert Kramer ... Stu
Shelley R. Bonus Shelley R. Bonus ... Peg
Debra Feuer ... Stacie
James Luisi ... Dan Santini
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Pharmacist
Neil Flanagan Neil Flanagan ... Storekeeper
Jarvais Hudson Jarvais Hudson ... Gas Station Attendant
Tom Slocum Tom Slocum ... Band Leader
Michael Consoldane ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Jo Jordan Jo Jordan ... Bookstore Lady
Joseph Schwab Joseph Schwab ... Druggist


One year after "Saturday Night Fever," John Travolta starred in this love story between a young drifter and an older woman - Lily Tomlin. The characters are savagely portrayed, and the story is set against a backdrop of shrink-riddled and over-privileged society. Written by <mack@isomedia.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The only thing they have in common... is each other.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

22 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Von Augenblick zu Augenblick See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Alabama newspaper 'Anniston Star' in its issue from November 12, 1978 says: "Since this is Miss Wagner's first film she has had Ralf Bode, 'Saturday Niqht Fever's' cinematographer, serving as her creative consultant." See more »


In opening credit montage, Trisha is seen strolling through Beverly Hills shopping district carrying a coat and a bag from a boutique; by time movie has started she is still carrying same things, only now she is miles away, outside Schwab's Drugstore in West Hollywood - nowhere within convenient walking distance of Rodeo Drive. See more »


Trisha Rawlings: [clasping her hands worshipfully] Ohhhh... STRIP!
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Referenced in Decker: Sonrise (2017) See more »


The Lady Wants to Know
Composed and Sung by Michael Franks
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. and Warner Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Mississippi Mud
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I had (blessedly) forgotten this train wreck
6 February 2008 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Rich and lonely Trish (Lily Tomlin) meets and falls in love with Strip (John Travolta) who's at least 15 years younger than her. They both have issues--but do they love each other enough to battle those issues together? Believe me--you won't care!

I had forgotten that I saw this. I was 16 when it came out and this (inexplicibly) has an R rating. I had always loved Lily Tomlin and wanted to see it. In fact at the time this came out Tomlin and Travolta were (purportedly) madly in love with each other in real life. It turns out that was all a publicity stunt to sell the movie. Anyways, I conned my mom into taking me to see it. Wow--was THAT a mistake! Talk about dull! My mom and me literally kept dozing off during the movie. By the end (which is REAL stupid) I actually was giggling at how hopeless this movie was. It bombed badly and years of therapy helped me block it. But...it's come back to haunt me! Tomlin and Travolta CAN be good (given the right material) but this script was just so tedious and dull that even they couldn't pull it off. Travolta is as good as anyone can be. Tomlin REALLY tries but she's hopelessly miscast. She only got the role because director Jane Wagner and her were (and still are) lovers. I (sorta) want to see this on DVD to see if it's as bad as I remembered. I've heard there might actually be a DVD release of this in the works. That would be kind of cool. A 1 all the way.

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