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Moonlight (2016)

R | | Drama | 18 November 2016 (USA)
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A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

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Barry Jenkins

Writers:

Barry Jenkins (screenplay by), Tarell Alvin McCraney (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mahershala Ali ... Juan
Shariff Earp Shariff Earp ... Terrence
Duan Sanderson ... Azu (as Duan 'Sandy' Sanderson)
Alex R. Hibbert ... Little (as Alex Hibbert)
Janelle Monáe ... Teresa
Naomie Harris ... Paula
Jaden Piner ... Kevin age 9
Herman 'Caheei McGloun Herman 'Caheei McGloun ... Longshoreman (as Herman 'Caheej' McGloun)
Kamal Ani-Bellow Kamal Ani-Bellow ... Portable Boy 1
Keomi Givens Keomi Givens ... Portable Boy 2
Eddie Blanchard Eddie Blanchard ... Portable Boy 3
Rudi Goblen Rudi Goblen ... Gee (as Rudi Goblin)
Ashton Sanders ... Chiron
Edson Jean ... Mr. Pierce
Patrick Decile Patrick Decile ... Terrel
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Storyline

Three time periods - young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult - in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn't understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan's caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula's abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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This is the story of a lifetime.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moonlight See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$402,075, 23 October 2016

Gross USA:

$27,854,932

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,046,687
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

Films by Wong Kar-Wai were a big influence on Barry Jenkins and the production of the film, particularly the film Happy Together (1997) which also features a gay couple as the main characters, just like this film. See more »

Goofs

When Chiron and his mother are in their house and she asks him for money, his backpack is placed at his front, strapped over both shoulders. However, in several shots where he is seen from the back, there is no strap over his left shoulder. At one point he switches the backpack from his front to his back, but right after that, when his mother starts struggling with him, the backpack is at his front again. See more »

Quotes

Kevin: I wasn't never worth shit. Never did anything I actually wanted to do, was all I could do to do what other folks thought I should do. I wasn't never myself.
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Referenced in Lorraine: Episode dated 27 February 2017 (2017) See more »

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Cucurrucucú Paloma
Written by Tomás Méndez (as Tomás Méndez Sosa)
Performed by Caetano Veloso
Courtesy of Universal International Music, B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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It has good things/ but the Oscar???
27 February 2017 | by gerardogmSee all my reviews

6.9/10, I did not like it, the first hour I think it is pretty good, as we show the complexes and problems of Chiron as a child and as a teenager, is one of the successes of this film, this is thanks to Barry Jenkins that I think this first hour is very well written and the direction of Barry Jenkins is brilliant. He takes us by the hand and tells us an interesting story,accompanied with great music and very beautiful cinematography. Mahershala Ali , the music and the cinematography are the best of the movie.

After the first hour , the film falls and it turns boring, the story does not advance any more and it seems that the movie is about anything, we can not explore more our main character, there is not much rank on what we see about Chiron.


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