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The Man in the Moon (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 4 October 1991 (USA)
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:

The Man in the Moon See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,935, 6 October 1991

Gross USA:

$2,853,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,853,801
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The airline version of the film was disowned by Director Robert Mulligan and his name was replaced with R. Duffy. The airline version was heavily censored with six minutes of footage in total removed. All instances of children swearing was cut. All scenes of tame PG-13 nudity were removed. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene of movie, where Dani and Maureen are sitting on her bed. Maureen is braiding Dani's hair, Dani's hair is completely braided all the way down to the end. Then in the very next shot, Dani's hair is all brushed out and sectioned into three parts as though Maureen is just beginning to braid her hair. 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 At the Movies: The Best Films of 1991 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

That's Alright
Written by Arthur Crudup
Performed by Elvis Presley
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI) and Crudup Music (BMI)
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Heartbreaking Story About First Love
16 July 2003 | by Darkest_RoseSee all my reviews

Dani(Reese Witherspoon) has always been very close with her older sister Maureen(Emily Warfield) until they both start falling in love with their neighbor Court(Jason London). But it is not after a terrible tragedy strikes that the two sisters realize that nothing can keep them apart and that their love for each other will never fade away.

This was truly a heartbreaking story about first love. Probably the most painful story about young love that I have ever seen. All the acting is amazing and Reese Witherspoon gives a great performance in her first movie. I would give The Man in the Moon 8.5/10


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