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Shoot the Moon (1982)

A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated. He's preoccupied with a career and a mistress, she with a career and caring for ... See full summary »

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Alan Parker

Writer:

Bo Goldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... George Dunlap
Diane Keaton ... Faith Dunlap
Karen Allen ... Sandy
Peter Weller ... Frank Henderson
Dana Hill ... Sherry Dunlap
Viveka Davis ... Jill Dunlap
Tracey Gold ... Marianne Dunlap
Tina Yothers ... Molly Dunlap
George Murdock ... French DeVoe
Leora Dana ... Charlotte DeVoe
Irving Metzman Irving Metzman ... Howard Katz
Kenneth Kimmins ... Maitre D'
Michael Alldredge ... Officer Knudson
Robert Costanzo ... Leo Spinelli
David Landsberg ... Scott Gruber
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Storyline

A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated. He's preoccupied with a career and a mistress, she with a career and caring for four young children. While they attempt to go their separate ways, jealousy and bitterness reconnect them. Written by Philip Gilman <pgilman@pipeline.com>

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There's one thing about marriage that hasn't changed . . . The way you hurt when it begins to fall apart.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Donde hay cenizas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,217,530

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,217,530
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film, first released in 1982, is notable for only showing ring-dial telephones, even though the push-button touch phone had come into vogue by the late 1970s. See more »

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The selective rain that seems to hit the actors only is evidently not falling on the background, which remains inexplicably dry. See more »

Quotes

Sherry Dunlap: What's with this honey shit all of a sudden?
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Referenced in Ellie Parker (2005) See more »

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Still The Same
Written by Bob Seger (UNCREDITED)
Performed by Bob Seger
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Quaint early 80's period piece
15 August 2002 | by The_CoreSee all my reviews

"Shoot the Moon" is a strange film... one of those quaint (I mean that in a good way), early 80's period pieces that flopped at the box office and then disappeared almost entirely from public consciousness, never to reappear. Painful to watch at times... sometimes it feels true to reality, sometimes it doesn't.

The film is more a collection of scenes than a coherent whole, which isn't necessarily a bad thing... but as another reviewer stated, the target audience here is unclear. As an "anti-divorce" statement it makes its point (perhaps too strongly... the tennis court scene was unnecessary, I thought, given that there was no emotional buildup to it). The acting is also a mixed bag -- at times seeming perfectly natural and at other times forced and constrained by the script, as well as by the mixed talents of the child actors.

This film is little more than an interesting, dated period piece, yet it's very enjoyable (though not always pleasant) and never lost my attention for a minute. Makes a good companion film to "Table for Five," another film of a similar bent and genre -- these are good films to see on a quiet, rainy Sunday. 7/10


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