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The Man in the Moon (1991)

A coming of age story set in the south of the U.S. when Elvis was King.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writer:

Jenny Wingfield
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sam Waterston ... Matthew Trant
Tess Harper ... Abigail Trant
Gail Strickland ... Marie Foster
Reese Witherspoon ... Dani Trant
Jason London ... Court Foster
Emily Warfield ... Maureen Trant
Bentley Mitchum Bentley Mitchum ... Billy Sanders
Ernie Lively ... Will Sanders
Dennis Letts ... Doc White
Earleen Bergeron Earleen Bergeron ... Mrs. Sanders
Anna Chappell Anna Chappell ... Mrs. Taylor
Brandi Smith Brandi Smith ... Missy Trant
Sandi Smith Sandi Smith ... Missy Trant
Derek Ball Derek Ball ... Foster Twin
Spencer Ball Spencer Ball ... Foster Twin
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Storyline

Rural Louisiana, summer of 1957, Elvis is King. At 14, Dani is coming of age. Her older sister is beautiful, smart, and off to Duke in the fall; her mom's pregnant with number four (Dad wants a son), and Dad's pretty strict. Life gets sweeter when 17-year-old Court Foster, his widowed mom, and two little brothers move into the vacant farm next door. Court likes Dani's high spirits and direct way, and though he has a man's responsibilities on the farm, they go off swimming sometimes. The waters of adolescence are deeper than Dani realizes as hers and Court's feelings get jumbled. Then Mother Nature throws wrenching surprises at Dani, and she must come to terms with new emotions. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Remember when you couldn't wait for your life to begin... and then, one day, it did?

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un été en Louisiane See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,935, 6 October 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,853,801
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reese Witherspoon was fourteen-years-old, the same age as her character, when the film was shot. See more »

Goofs

When Dani returns home from her first kiss her Dad calls her over to talk. As she approaches him there is a tractor in the distance moving to the right. A few seconds later the tractor is moving to the left, it did not have enough time to turn around. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dani: I love Elvis so much.
Maureen Trant: You love everybody so much.
Dani: I do not.
Maureen Trant: You do, too.
Dani: No I don't.
Maureen Trant: Okay, you don't.
Dani: Well, I don't. Maureen, sometimes you make me feel like such a baby.
Maureen Trant: You are a baby.
Dani: I wish I could be just like you.
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Crazy Credits

The Producers wish to thank: The LADIES of "JUST FRIENDS" See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Our Favorite Scenes (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Loving You
Written by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Performed by Elvis Presley
Published by Gladys Music (ASCAP), Jerry Leiber Music (ASCAP) and Mike Stoller Music (ASCAP)
Gladys Music administered by Chappell & Co.
Courtesy of RCA Records
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One of the best movies I have ever seen
9 December 2003 | by captainblackadderSee all my reviews

Perfect movies are rare. Even my favorite films tend to have flaws - Rear Window looks a little stagey at times, Chris Elliot's character in Groundhog Day doesn't work, the music score in Best Years of Our Lives is too cheesy, the beginning of Nights of Cabiria is a little too slow - but this film is perfectly executed from start to finish.

The script is brilliant, the acting is superb all around (although Reese Witherspoon and Sam Waterston are amazing, the whole cast shines), the directing and the photography are inspired, and the music score is touching without being intrusive (like some Miramax scores that are too manipulative). Every sad moment is truly moving, every light moment makes me smile. This truly is one of the best films I have ever seen and I wish there were more films like it.

I am glad that Reese Witherspoon has gone on to stardom after this film, but I am sorry to see that her recent movies are so much more escapist and silly than this serious film which is about real people, real feelings and real problems. Brilliant! A must-see.


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