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Mojave Moon (1996)

Sexy, young Ellie picks up Al, 53, in a diner in LA to get a ride to her mom in the Mojave desert. Ellie leaves Al there with the pretty mom, her crazy, violent boyfriend and a body in his car trunk.


Kevin Dowling


Leonard Glasser




Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Aiello ... Al
Anne Archer ... Julie
Michael Biehn ... Boyd
Angelina Jolie ... Ellie
Alfred Molina ... Sal
Jack Noseworthy ... Kaiser
Zack Norman ... Terry
Peter MacNicol ... Tire Repairman
John Getz ... Police Officer
Mary Joy ... Waitress
Lee Arenberg ... Friendly Motorist
Mark Anderson ... Gunman #1
Gary Lee Davis Gary Lee Davis ... Gunman #2
Corin Nemec ... Car Thief
Leonard Termo ... Shorty


Al McCord is hanging out at his favourite restaurant when he meets an attractive young woman (Ellie) who is looking for a ride from the city out into the Mojave Desert, where her mother lives. Little does he know that while Ellie is falling in love with him, he is falling for her mother (Julie), despite the nearby presence of Julie's boyfriend who seems likely to go berzerk at any moment. Even more strange, hilarious events follow and it's up to Al to find some explanation. His life may never again be the same. Written by Neil Wick <neil@wick.net>

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A Roadtrip, a Romance, and a Not-So-Dead Body.

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

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When Julie and Ellie are in the truck, shots taken from the left show Ellie's dress covering her left shoulder. In shots from the right, the dress is off the shoulder. See more »


Al: [first lines - narration] Ever get so bored with your life, you're afraid your gonna do something stupid? And then you get afraid you're so far gone you can't even think up something stupid to do any more? Well last year when my wife and I split up, I decided to leave New York, thought I'd go to Seattle. Then I remembered, Seattle has even more serial killers than Long Island. Add that to the big coffee house scene, and you got a town filled with psychopaths - who are always awake.
Al: Six months in ...
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A much better film than I expected
3 May 2009 | by hkdailoSee all my reviews

Not the best movie ever made, and it probably won't overwhelm you with its powerful storyline. But take it for what it is, a quirky, off-the-wall caper/romance/black comedy hybrid, and chances are you'll be quite pleasantly surprised. The protagonists are likable, the villains are cartoonish, and in the end the solid acting all around (I never realized what a good actor Danny Aiello can be) made this little low-budget noir almost believable, or at least endearing. And yes, the scenes with Angelina Jolie are on their own worth the price of admission - watch her electrifies the screen with every flick of a emerald-nail-polished finger and every mocking little grin. And you say to yourself, Man this girl is going to be a STAR...

Incidentally I think this is probably her best work before 1997's George Wallace, for which she won a Golden Globe. It's also probably the source of her fascination with Barstow...

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Release Date:

9 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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Mojave Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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