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Box of Moonlight (1996)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 July 1997 (USA)
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Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom DiCillo

Writer:

Tom DiCillo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Turturro ... Al Fountain
Sam Rockwell ... The Kid
Catherine Keener ... Floatie Dupre
Lisa Blount ... Purlene Dupre
Annie Corley ... Deb Fountain
Alexander Goodwin ... Bobby Fountain
Dermot Mulroney ... Wick
Mike Stanley ... Doob
Rica Martens Rica Martens ... Doris
Ray Aranha Ray Aranha ... Soapy
Robert Wightman ... Dex
James Richardson James Richardson ... Taco
Stephen Dupree Stephen Dupree ... Elwood
Eugene Wolf Eugene Wolf ... Lyle
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Luvven Coddle
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Storyline

Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking for a lake he remembers from his childhood. But his wandering takes him into the life of Kid, a free-spirited young man who helps Al escape from the routine of everyday life and find freedom to enjoy himself. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Box of Moonlight See more »

Filming Locations:

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,500, 27 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$720,717, 21 September 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The swimming hole is actually an abandoned 350 foot deep quarry. DiCillo told all who went in that it was only 25 feet deep max. An expert swimmer at a nearby quarry was bitten by a poisonous snake and drowned several days before filming began. See more »

Goofs

When watching wrestling and eating hot dogs with the Kid, Al's hot dog goes from half-eaten to him taking the first bite of it back to half-eaten depending on the camera angle. See more »

Quotes

The Kid: [after Al fix his car] Look at that! You're a goddamn wizard, Al!
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Alternate Versions

In a cut scene after Al leaves Circle Rent A Car, he stops for lunch at a roadside diner. He sees a little girl squirt mustard on a hot dog, which then flows backward into the bottle. The mom smacks the bottle out of her hand and yells at her for playing with it. The girl starts crying, which makes the mom yell at her. She then slaps the girl across the face. Al explains to the mom that she shouldn't do that, and she replies that she'll do whatever she wants to with her. Enraged, Al jumps up and screams at her, "Lady, you touch her again and I'll smash your face right through that window!" There is stunned silence, and Al can't believe what he did. He casually walks away, stepping on the mustard bottle. See more »

Connections

References The Green Berets (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Right Hand
Written by Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Thomas Wydler
Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds)
Courtesy of Mute Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Subtle = Powerful
14 May 2002 | by queitusSee all my reviews

Everything in this film is about subtlety... I think that's why it has such a lasting effect.

It's definitely one of those "mischievous" films... sort of an escape from reality that makes you wonder why you and others take themselves so seriously. It's something that will most likely linger with you for a while. This film made me re-evaluate the seriousness of my life. I think this is among the only films that actually has changed my life somewhat.


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