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Pontiac Moon (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 November 1994 (USA)
An absent-minded-professor father and his son bond during a symbolic road trip through the Western U.S. while his wife tries to overcome her neuroses to save the family.

Director:

Peter Medak

Writers:

Finn Taylor (story), Finn Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Washington Bellamy
Mary Steenburgen ... Katherine Bellamy
Ryan Todd ... Andy Bellamy
Eric Schweig ... Ernest Ironplume
Cathy Moriarty ... Lorraine
Max Gail ... Jerome Bellamy
Lisa Jane Persky ... Alicia Frank
J.C. Quinn ... Bartender
John Schuck ... Officer
Don Swayze ... Local
Gene Borkan Gene Borkan ... Trucker with Cigarettes
Ron Burke Ron Burke ... Ranger
Ramsey Ellis Ramsey Ellis ... School Kid
Frank Carl Fisher Jr. Frank Carl Fisher Jr. ... Fred Frook
Suzanne Ircha Suzanne Ircha ... Waitress
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Storyline

An absent-minded-professor father and his son bond during a symbolic road trip through the Western U.S. while his wife tries to overcome her neuroses to save the family. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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Sometimes the journey of becoming a family can be as difficult as going to the moon.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Traum von Apollo XI See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,128, 6 November 1994

Gross USA:

$11,669

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,669
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Whoopi Goldberg was originally set to star as Katherine Bellamy. At the time, Goldberg was dating Ted Danson who would later marry her replacement in the film Mary Steenburgen. See more »

Goofs

At the gas station, the attendant seems to open the hood (which is actually the trunk) by popping something like on a normal car. The trunk and hood on an Amphicar are opened using a large key about 10" long that must be inserted and turned individually - two locks in front and one in the back. See more »


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Last Call Blues
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A Fun Trip in a Classic Car
23 December 2004 | by gojoe327See all my reviews

B"H Being an old-car nut, this movie appealed to me because of the '49 Pontiac Eight that is one of the "stars" of the movie. Ted Danson's acting was a little overdone, and some of the plot was thin. My kids hate the flick.

However, watching Washington and Andy drive through the 1969 West in the Pontiac was fun. Besides the '49 Pontiac, there was an Amphicar (driven by Mary Steenburgen) as well as some neat oldies from the '40s sitting outside the Bellamy's home which Washington kept as collector cars.

Ultimately it was fun to watch the Bellamy family together again, being saved from a police manhunt as they drove the Amphicar across a lake to Canada.

Two parts of the movie were ridiculous; one was Andy Bellamy in his own father's science class, and putting a "455" V8 into the old Chief would have required major body modifications as well as a new transmission, impossible to do in a single night.

Inspiring was watching both the astronauts and the Bellamys preparing for their voyages at the same time, the liftoff and that shift of the old Hydra-Matic Drive into DR was a lot of fun to watch.


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