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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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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

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

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film takes place in 1957. 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 At the Movies: 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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Pretty good film.
14 August 2002 | by LebowskiT1000See all my reviews

"The Man In The Moon" is a pretty good movie. It is very touching at times and is very well done in all respects. I wouldn't say the film was terribly original, but what is these days?

The cast members all did a great job with their respective roles. I really enjoyed seeing Reese Witherspoon at such a young age, and does quite a good job. Jason London does a fine job as well. And the only other person I recognized was Sam Waterston, who did a fantastic job with his role. I really liked Sam's character (Matthew Trant) a lot. At times he seemed to be the kind of father you dread, but in the end you really like his character. The rest of the cast was very good as well.

If you're into touching movies about growing up and dealing with what life throws at you, then you ought to watch this film. I'd suggest reading the plot synopsis and if that sounds like something you'd be interested in, then go for it. Anyhow, hope you enjoy the film, thanks for reading,

-Chris


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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