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Escanaba in da Moonlight (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 9 February 2001 (USA)
A macho man in a family on the eve of deer-hunting season must deal with the eldest son's curse of never having bagged a buck.


Jeff Daniels


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Rueben Soady
Harve Presnell ... Albert Soady
Joey Albright Joey Albright ... Remnar Soady / Porcelain Bus Dancer
Wayne David Parker Wayne David Parker ... Jimmer Negamanee
Randall Godwin Randall Godwin ... Ranger Tom T. Treado
Kimberly Guerrero ... Wolf Moon Dance Soady (as Kimberly Norris Guerrero)
James Porterfield James Porterfield ... Alphonse Soady
Guy Sanville ... Alvin Soady
Lucas Daniels Lucas Daniels ... Kid on School Bus
Phillip W. Powers Phillip W. Powers ... Hunter in Diner (as Phillip Powers)
Sandra Birch Sandra Birch ... Joe Berry's Sister / Porcelain Bus Dancer
Alex Mulvaney Alex Mulvaney ... Young Reuben
Kyle Broeders Kyle Broeders ... Young Remnar
Belinda 'Allee' Eagle Belinda 'Allee' Eagle ... Young Wolf Moon Dance
Chad Decota Chad Decota ... Reuben's Son #1 (age 7)


A humorous and relatable story of an intelligent man dealing with the frustration of being a "buckless Uper" at deer camp. He deals with his competitive brother, his challenging father and two other comical guys. Men will easily relate to the angst. Women will have fun as long as they're willing to avoid trying to find a deep plot line the first time they watch.

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Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some crude humor

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Official Sites:

Purple Rose Films





Release Date:

9 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Эсканаба в лунном свете See more »

Filming Locations:

Escanaba, Michigan, USA


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Did You Know?


Escanaba is a real place in the UP of Michigan. A few hours west of the Mackinac bridge, a few hours north of Green Bay, WI. See more »


Albert Soady: "Dat year camp was as tense as a moose's butt durin' fly season."
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6 January 2005 | by nicholas_cousinoSee all my reviews

It is not fair for someone from Oregon to trash Jeff Daniels for making Escanaba. I think that it does help to be from the Great Lakes State to truly enjoy this movie, but still, just because you do not understand something, is no reason to trash it. As a Michigander and an huge Jeff Daniels fan, I LOVED this film. It was not only funny, but in a lot of ways true to form. If you have ever spend a night in the woods of Michigan, or have ever been to Deer Camp, you would understand. And, as another point of interest, Jeff Daniels shot The Crossing about 4 years after he shot Dumb and Dumber. So, obviously, Dumb and Dumber was not his downfall. And yes, he was great in The Crossing. Also, if you are ever in Michigan, I recommend you stop by his theatre in Chelsea, MI. The Purple Rose. You are guaranteed a laugh.

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