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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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The movie was made and produced for $1,000,000. See more »


Albert Soady: For dose dat don't know much about the Superior State, dere's a couple of tings that need to be explained. First ting is, in da U.P., we don't explain tings. Second ting is, we got some of the best huntin' and fishin' in da whole world.
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The Play is Better
12 July 2003 | by Revman50See all my reviews

I saw the stage version of this script, at the GEM Theatre in Detroit, with Jim Porterfield playing Harve Presnell's role "DABA" (Wayne David Parker) as Jimmer and Randall Godwin as the DNR cop. Although the movie is fun, the stage version is infinitely funnier. If you ever get the chance to see it performed live, don't miss it. By the way, if you happen to be a casino fan and are in the Detroit area, you'll recognize Randall Godwin's commercials and billboards immediately. If you listen to the radio anywhere you can't mistake the sound of DABA's voice.

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