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Moonlight Mile (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 4 October 2002 (USA)
As he copes with the death of his fiancée, a young man befriends her parents and must figure out what he wants out of life.

Director:

Brad Silberling

Writer:

Brad Silberling
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Joe Nast
Dustin Hoffman ... Ben Floss
Susan Sarandon ... Jojo Floss
Alexia Landeau ... Cheryl
Richard Messing Richard Messing ... Rabbi
Lev Friedman Lev Friedman ... Cantor
Bob Clendenin ... Server #1 (as Robert Clendenin)
Jim Fyfe ... Server #2
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Mrs. Meyerson
Richard Fancy ... Mr. Meyerson
Marcia Mitzman Gaven ... Fashion Plate
Allan Corduner ... Stan Michaels
Holly Hunter ... Mona Camp
Careena Melia Careena Melia ... Diana Floss
Gary Hetzler Gary Hetzler ... Speedwalker
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Storyline

A young man lingers in the family home of his fiancee, after her accidental death. While grieving along with her parents and drawn into legal issues presented by a district attorney seeking justice for the family, he finds himself falling in love with another woman, against his own best intentions. Written by Eileen Peterson, unit publicist

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Taglines:

In life and love, expect the unexpected.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Studio interest in the film picked up when Susan Sarandon and then Dustin Hoffman attached themselves to the project. See more »

Goofs

When Joe Nast and Ben Floss are walking down the street, the car holding the camera is reflected in the storefront windows. See more »

Quotes

Jo Jo Floss: When I go to bed at night I do 4 things. I drop my robe, slide under the sheets, turn on my left side and stick out my ass. That's it. That's the signal. I just - I back it right up there because I know when I do, no matter how cold the damn thing is, no matter how difficult it might feel, no matter how desperately we want to kill each other it's gonna be met by this warm body on the other side that's gonna hold it. Two arms that... wrap around, pull me out of my head, quiet the voices, save me...
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Crazy Credits

The credits end with "For all our loves...departed, or yet to arrive..." See more »

Connections

References Almost Famous (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Meet Me in the Morning
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
Published by Rams Horn Music (SESAC)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Great performances highlight Moonlight Mile.
12 April 2003 | by Li-1See all my reviews

*** out of ****

While not quite a great movie (it just barely misses the mark), Moonlight Mile is still an excellent drama that showcases some of the finest acting talent around, wrapped amidst a beautifully told story of a young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) who's trying to do what everyone expects out of him, but against the desire of following his own heart.

Moonlight Mile plays as a cathartic experience. The premise bears truth to it, as it parallels writer/director Brad Siberling's own real-life experience when his girlfriend was murdered by an obsessive fan. But most importantly, almost every part of this movie feels natural in its emotions and storytelling, not the result of some sentimental hackjob put together by a big studio. Siberling's intent is to portray a normal family dealing with life, loss, and love and whatever obstacles may come their way and he does a fine job of it.

There are moments Moonlight Mile doesn't entirely ring true, but those moments are glossed over by the acting. From Gyllenhaal to Ellen Pompeo to Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon, the cast is uniformly superb. Even though the climax is set in a courtroom (typically the setting for cliche hell in dramas), Gyllenhaal's emotional outpour makes the scene work almost magnificently.

An admittedly very irksome element of the film is the score, which is yet again another rip-off of the music to American Beauty. Moonlight Mile's straightforward, honest approach doesn't match the quirky tone of the score, resulting in a few off-kilter moments of balance. But otherwise, this is a first-rate, truthful drama, and certainly superior to the overrated and similary themed In the Bedroom.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baby's in Black See more »

Filming Locations:

Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$329,771, 29 September 2002

Gross USA:

$6,835,856

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,011,050
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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