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Alabama Moon (2009)

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After the unexpected death of his survivalist father, an eleven-year-old boy raised in the Alabama wilderness must learn how to make a home in the modern world.

Director:

Tim McCanlies

Writers:

Watt Key (based upon the novel by), James Whittaker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Bennett ... Moon Blake
Gabriel Basso ... Hal Mitchell
Uriah Shelton ... Kit
Clint Howard ... Constable Sanders
John Goodman ... Mr. Wellington
J.D. Evermore ... Oliver 'Pap' Blake
Elizabeth Jackson ... Rachael Gene
John McConnell ... Mr. Mitchell
Michael P. Sullivan Michael P. Sullivan ... Mr.Gene (as Michael Sullivan)
Kenny McLean Kenny McLean ... Officer Pete
Lenore Banks ... Mrs. Broomstead
Mark Adam ... Uncle Mike
Walter Breaux Walter Breaux ... Mr. Carter
Gary Grubbs ... Judge Mackin
Peter Gabb Peter Gabb ... George Albroscotto (as Peter J. Gabb)
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Storyline

Moon Blake is raised by his loving but government-paranoid father Oliver in a hidden cave in the Alabama forests. Oliver dies from a leg wound he refuses to have medically treated, so Moon is told to move away, alone, and start a new home in the Alaskan wild-lands. Constable Sanders, however - the mean local cop - finds the boy with his father's guns, abuses him and has him locked away till majority age for 'assault' within Mr. Gene's grim Pinson home for boys. Moon soon makes friends with shy, sickly Kit and apparent bully Hal, then sets up a mass escape, on which only the trio actually follows through. Sanders fails to catch them, but the unforgiving elements reshuffle the cards dramatically. An uncle is meanwhile found. Written by KGF Vissers

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boy | alabama | abuse | bully | death | See All (71) »

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An adventure for the boy in all of us.

Genres:

Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language and a brief injury | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alabama Moon - Abenteuer Leben See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Louisiana, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jimmy Bennett and John Goodman also appeared in Evan Almighty (2007). See more »

Goofs

Constable Sanders wears the rank of a General (star) on his shirt's shoulders but the rank of a Colonel (eagle) on his collars. See more »

Quotes

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Moon Blake: Just before Pap died, he told me that I'd be fine as long as I never depended on anybody but myself. I made Pap's grave just like he done Mama's. All I'd have to remember her face was one picture Pap kept, but I can remember her in the bed at night, keeping me warm from the other side.
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Written by Rondale Overstreet, Dorothy Overstreet, Jim Coman, Jacquie Snellman
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lovely, simple, family
13 August 2011 | by mikialamaSee all my reviews

"Alabama Moon" is a lovely little film about a young boy who loses his only parent and then must figure out how to make it on his own. If you have ever read any of the teen survival literature like My Side of the Mountain, you have a fairly good idea of what the film is like. Will this film win any awards? Probably not, but it's refreshing to just relax and watch a film that is good for the heart. Another reviewer complained that this film was reminiscent of the Waltons. That's true, but let us not forget how long the Waltons ran and how extremely popular it was. A great film for a bowl of popcorn and the kiddos gathered around the TV!


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