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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.

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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 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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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.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »
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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

Gross USA:

$11,669
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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 »

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Andy and his Dad Washington drive along at 60mph in the Pontiac with the hood down. They stand up but there is no wind blowing in their faces, nor are their clothes rustling. See more »


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Crazy
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i was looking for this movie for 20 years
14 December 2014 | by allbask-185-17963See all my reviews

I saw it 20 years ago once and was looking for it since as I could not remember the title, but could not forget the simple and yet very touching story. The story is about LOVE. a "must see"family movie. i think it is as good as the "Christmas Story", showing that one can have a fairly good childhood even with crazy parents. I love characters in it, the geeky father and agoraphobic mother, the kid who is about to start to suspect that his parents are not as good as "others'". I like the plot of the film that is about a journey to reach the "Craters of the Moon National Park" in Idaho and drive an exact amount of miles to scale the real distance Apollo had to make. the father and son have to go quite a distance from California through Montana to make the miles match. The story gets more interesting as the mother has to overcome her fears to join them, ultimately saving her family and marriage.

While the story presented as a memoir of the child the overt part of the plot is quite simplistic. Yet what actually happens on unspoken level is extremely dramatic and revolutionary, even for just one family. For me it was the key to my enjoyment of the whole film. The simplicity of a road movie reflects just the quality of the childhood memory, deliberately put there to give the film a tone, yet symbolic meaning of it has so many layers. In short, this could be just a dream or fantasy where anything goes and open for the endless interpretations. Especially towards the end of the film things are supposed to get really dreamy and even bizarre.


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