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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 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.

Director:

Wes Anderson
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957 ( 261)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 38 wins & 119 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Chandler Frantz ... Gadge
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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The article in the Indian Corn Magazine about Commander Pierce (Harvey Keitel), shown towards the beginning of the film, has the quote "Are we men, or are we mice?" next to his photo. This is a reference to Bad Lieutenant (1992), also starring Keitel, in which he asked his sons similarly, "What are you, men or mice?" See more »

Goofs

The sail position does not change when the yacht pushes of the pier and moor back. It is not possible during real sailing. See more »

Quotes

Social Services: [to Scout Master Ward and Captain Sharp] You two are the most appallingly incompetent custodial guardians Social Services has ever had the misfortune to encounter in a TWENTY-SEVEN year career!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Evening Urgant: Konstantin Tszyu/Bravo (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Coucou au Fond des Bois, from Le Carnaval des animaux
Composed by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by New York Philharmonic
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Narrated by Leonard Bernstein (uncredited)
[Played during Sam and Suzy's time at Mile 3.25 Tidal Inlet]
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$522,996, 27 May 2012

Gross USA:

$45,512,466

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,263,166
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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