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A Walk on the Moon (1999)

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The world of a young housewife is turned upside down when she has an affair with a free-spirited blouse salesman.

Director:

Tony Goldwyn

Writer:

Pamela Gray
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Boriello ... Daniel Kantrowitz
Diane Lane ... Pearl Kantrowitz
Anna Paquin ... Alison Kantrowitz
Tovah Feldshuh ... Lillian Kantrowitz
Liev Schreiber ... Marty Kantrowitz
Julie Kavner ... P.A. Announcer (voice)
Stewart Bick Stewart Bick ... Neil Leiberman
Jess Platt Jess Platt ... Herb Fogler
Mahée Paiement ... Mrs. Dymbort (as Mahee Paiement)
Star Jasper Star Jasper ... Rhoda Leiberman
Ellen David ... Eleanor Gelfand
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Norma Fogler
Viggo Mortensen ... Walker Jerome
Victoria Barkoff Victoria Barkoff ... Selma Levitsky (as Vicky Barkoff)
Tamar Kozlov Tamar Kozlov ... Wendy Green
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Summer, 1969: men on the moon, and Woodstock happening near the cabin where the Kantrowitz family stays every summer. The camp's a Jewish fish-bowl. Marty's there weekends; he repairs TVs in Brooklyn. He's square and decent. His wife Pearl and his mother camp with Alison (she's 14) and their younger son. Pearl got pregnant at 17 and feels she missed her youth. While Alison experiences her first date, first kiss, first period, and stealing off to Woodstock with the lifeguard, Pearl has her own sexual awakening with "the blouse man," a peddler who sells at the camp. They too go to Woodstock. Marty confronts Pearl about the affair; she and he have to decide what to do next. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Diane Lane commented in an interview, "If Viggo and I convince people we're enjoying every second of that encounter [in the waterfall] we've really done our job as actors. It was freezing in that river. The water was filled with debris and cigarette butts and the rocks were covered in little worms." See more »

Goofs

In the bedroom, when Walker drops the needle on the record, we have already heard the opening bars to "White Bird". See more »

Quotes

Lilian Kantrowitz: [after the Blouse Man tells her to get some meat tenderizer to treat Danny's wasp bites] Meat tenderizer? What is he - a pot roast?
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Crazy Credits

The producers wish to thank ... The Merchants of St-Viateur Street ... See more »


Soundtracks

The Name Game
(1964)
Written by Lincoln Chase and Shirley Ellis (as Shirley Elliston)
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Best Movies About the 1960's Ever
1 October 2011 | by jayraskin1See all my reviews

I was 16 years old in 1969. This movie caused a lot of memories to come rushing back. I want to thank the director Tony Goldwyn and writer Pamela Gray for recreating some of the vibrations of the time so beautifully. The movie is really about the cultural clash when a young couple trying to live out the 1950's ideal realize that time has passed and they adopt to the new world of personal growth, peace, Moon landings and Woodstock Festivals.

Some people are complaining that the lead character, Pearl, was a bad role model, being unfaithful or indecisive, not knowing what to do; however, that was the way things were back then. To me the film was incredibly believable and faithful to the times and setting.

My only complaint is the scene where Ross rejects Alison's request to "go all the way." Being 16 at the time, I had only one desire, to "go all the way" with every teenage girl who would let me. I spent nearly every moment I could trying to convince them and I did find three or four who said yes. If anyone who looked like Anna Paquin had said to me when I was 16, that she wanted to go all the way, I would have been out of my clothes in 10 seconds flat.

The only other thing perhaps that the movie missed were all the crazy, repulsive, hateful, violent conservatives who were around then threatening and terrorizing progressive, loving, peaceful people. That actually hasn't changed much since 1969. They're still doing the same thing.

This movie also has a terrific soundtrack and uses popular music from the time better than any movie since "Easy Rider." For those who grew up in the 60's, see it to remember, for those who grew up after the 60's, see it to learn.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La tentación See more »

Filming Locations:

Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,709, 28 March 1999

Gross USA:

$4,750,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,750,660
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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