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Moonlight Mile (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 4 October 2002 (USA)
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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.

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Brad Silberling

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Brad Silberling
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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 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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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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Official Sites:

Touchstone

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,835,856, 13 March 2003
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Joe (Jake Gyllenhaal) says his birthday is in December. In real-life, Gyllenhaal's birthday is also in December. See more »

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When Joe climbs through the post office window he kicks off the bell. When he gets through the bell is back up on the counter. See more »

Quotes

Jo Jo Floss: [whispers] I dont know where she is. Everybody says that they do. But I dont know. And I'm scared for my baby
[sobs]
Jo Jo Floss: . And it's killing me cause not knowing, and I - I can't. I just can't. I can't - do anything.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Ordinary People (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

So What's New
Written by John Pisano
Published by Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Courtesy of Almo Properties L.L.C.
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well-written, well-acted
2 June 2003 | by mayerpaulSee all my reviews

Jake Gylenhaal reprises (see: Donnie Darko) the sensitive, slightly confused young man searching for truth and its attendant emotional clarity. The characters (with the possible exception of Sarandon) attempt to hide truth, mostly from themselves, with silence and various feats of mental slight of hand. When all is finally revealed, I would have liked to believe that the characters would act nobly the way they do here, even if the character dialogue up to this point has not given all of them razor sharp definition. However, it is the acting of the cast (especially Hoffmann's) that makes us believe they are the people we see at the end of the movie, and their synergy with Brad Silberling's writing/directing makes the film work. (It is particularly revealing that Silberling had Sarandon and Hoffman in mind when he wrote the original draft; rent DVD if possible) We are convinced of the characters' virtue through well-written dialogue and well thought out character relationships. Would Sarandon's "wickedly honest" character really have married a schmuck? No, indirectly taking the heat off Hoffmann's character to prove himself prior to his ultimate acceptance of the truth. What about Bertie? (played by the lovely Ellen Pompeo - read: attractive, not just another hot airhead) Her involvement with the Gylenhaal character adds an extra twist to the Gylenhall-Sarandon-Hoffman triangle and her presence as a love interest adds levity to an otherwise pretty serious subject, but should she really get as close to the Gylenhaal character as quickly as we're led to believe? What do they have in common? The death of someone close and a Rolling Stones song nobody heard of before the title of this movie. Why did their involvement have to be a rapidly flourishing romantic one? I think an I-like-you-and-you-like-me would have been sufficient to complicate the situations in business and on the home front vis-a-vis Gylenhaal's former relationship with Hoffman and Sarandon's daughter. The rest of the character relationships develop naturally, at a well-measured pace, but this one races miles ahead. This is the only real flaw I found with the movie. The soundtrack is fantastic and also shows vision on the part of Silberling in that he conceived of certain key scenes with these songs in mind.


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