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The Man in the Moon (1991)

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

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

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When Dani leaves the pond after her nighttime swim, she is soaking wet. However, when she returns home, she is completely dry. 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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The Producers wish to thank: The LADIES of "JUST FRIENDS" 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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28 February 2001 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

It's a generic coming-of-age story -- think "The Member of the Wedding," "Summer of '42," "A Summer Place," even "Little Women" -- and there are moments where Mulligan might have omitted the soupy music, not used slow-motion, or played down the golden-lit prettiness of the setting. Otherwise, it's done with rare emotional perfect-pitch. Nothing's forced, every line has feeling, and the pacing is just right. Even the below-A-list casting helps: Bigger movie stars with more recognizable personalities might have overwhelmed the material. In particular, Witherspoon is excellent: Her line readings are fresh and original, and her body language is just right for a gawky, hoydenish 14-year-old on the eve of womanhood. Waterston is also very fine, even if he has to spend much of the movie climbing in and out of the family truck.

One senses that the film's makers were aware of its unpromising commercial prospects -- no big stars, no big car crashes, no special effects -- and consciously decided to make the best possible movie, box office be damned. It's intimate and honest, and it sticks to the ribs. If you find yourself misting up at the end, you don't have to feel you've been duped.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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