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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 29 June 2012 (USA)
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A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out to find them.

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Wes Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Captain Sharp
Edward Norton ... Scout Master Ward
Bill Murray ... Mr. Bishop
Frances McDormand ... Mrs. Bishop
Tilda Swinton ... Social Services
Jared Gilman ... Sam
Kara Hayward ... Suzy
Jason Schwartzman ... Cousin Ben
Bob Balaban ... The Narrator
Lucas Hedges ... Redford
Charlie Kilgore ... Lazy-Eye
Andreas Sheikh Andreas Sheikh ... Panagle
Chandler Frantz ... Gadge
Rob H. Campbell Rob H. Campbell ... Deluca (as Rob Campbell)
L.J. Foley ... Izod
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Storyline

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down - which might not be such a bad thing. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A tormenting and surprising story of children and adults during the stormy days of the summer of 1965.


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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moonrise Kingdom - Un reino bajo la luna See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$522,996, 27 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,512,466

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,263,166
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Murray and Frances McDormand later appeared in Olive Kitteridge (2014). See more »

Goofs

When Suzy goes into the tent by herself, she is wearing a heavy layer of blue eye shadow. A few moments later when Sam enters the tent, Suzy has been crying and her eyes are nearly devoid of shadow before Sam hands her his neckerchief and she wipes her eyes. In the very next scene when Suzy is reading aloud from her one of her books, her eyes are once again fully coated with eye shadow. See more »

Quotes

Sam: On this spot I'll fight no more forever.
Sam: [to on coming horde] Come and get me, you bastards!
[lighting strikes him]
Sam: [with everyone look on, sits up and blows off his glasses] I'm okay.
Sam: Follow me.
[runs off]
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During the final credits, Alexandre Desplat's music is vocally decomposed, like it was for the piece of classical music during the movie. See more »

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Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: Noye Take Thy Wife Anone
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Possibly Anderson's best film in terms of style.
4 June 2012 | by hipstercriticSee all my reviews

The year is 1965 and a remote North Eastern coastal community is plunged into confusion when it discovers that two kids have run away. Sam, a discontented Khaki Scout, and Suzy, a put-upon older sister and forgotten daughter, abscond into the forest to escape their dissatisfying existences. The responsible adults – Sam's Scout Master Ward (Edward Norton) and Suzy's parents (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand) – and the entire town set out on a frenzied search, which gets wild when the largest storm in recorded history touches down and puts everyone's life into question. What ensues is a battle between youth and age, hope and disillusionment, faith and cynicism.

In terms of story and character, Wes Anderson's previous films, especially The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited, are superior. Even in the most compelling relationship in the film between Captain Sharp (Bruce Willis) and Sam doesn't embody Anderson's ability to take his characters into deep emotional places of hurt and healing without melodrama. However, the newest addition to the Anderson canon is a cinematic experience.

Moonrise Kingdom's story, co-written with Roman Coppola, takes a definite backseat to style, as Anderson saturates the entire film with a "Norman Rockwell-type of Americana". Stylistically, it may be Anderson's most masterful work, as the costumes, sets, and settings transport the viewer to an alternate universe, a place of wonder and adventure. The soundtrack is especially effective, as it recalls a time when things were simpler: Hank Williams was on the radio, and children listened to records instead of playing video games. However, Anderson isn't content with reminiscing about the year 1965. He takes this nostalgia and twists it, infusing the film with a twinge of sadness through the reality of life's disappointments. He doesn't reject the Rockwellian view of America, but argues that it doesn't tell the whole story.

Moonrise Kingdom is that place of beauty and passion that we all have been in at least once in our lives – the one place on earth where we believe that anything is possible. It has since been lost, but it persists in our memories in moments of nostalgia.


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