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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.

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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 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

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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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 See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the closing credits, the voice of a young person introduces various instruments as they join in playing a song, a reference to the records played in the Hayward home. This method of spoken introduction has also been used outside of education recordings, such as in the obscure 1967 song "Intro and Outro" by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band where atypical and strange instruments are introduced as played by unusual and unlikely musicians (such as John Wayne and Adolf Hitler), and in Mike Oldfield's seminal 1973 work "Tubular Bells" where Part One is concluded by Vivian Stanshall as "Master of Ceremonies" crediting one by one the instruments used earlier in the piece. Also, tubular bells are listed as part of the deconstruction of the Alexandre Desplat piece. See more »

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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 »

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Lionel: Where's my record player?
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Songs from Friday Afternoons, Op. 7 (Old Abram Brown)
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Might be my favourite Wes Anderson film
27 May 2012 | by davidgkimberleySee all my reviews

The thing that I enjoy most about Wes Anderson films is that they each feel like a great adventure and in this sense I think Moonrise Kingdom is his best yet. It tells that tale of Sam, an orphan on scout camp, and Suzy, a misunderstood girl, as they run away together. At first I found the two actors playing the kids to be kind of limp but after a few minutes I warmed to them and I actually think they were both pretty good overall, particularly Jared Gilman who plays Sam and even more so knowing that it's the first acting he's ever done. The rest of the cast are all pursuing or helping them in some way and there a couple of sub-plots with the island's policeman (played by Bruce Willis) and the parents of Suzy (Bill Murray and Frances McDormand).

I thought that the rest of the cast was great. In fairness I am a bit biased because I love Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand but even so I have to say that they were all really good, especially Edward Norton who plays the scout master, and Bill Murray. There are also a couple of minor roles for Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keital and Tilda Swinton who were also a lot of fun. Everyone in the cast fits into their role really well which is obviously exactly what you want, but not only is that the case for the main roles but also for the less important ones, like the scout troupe (especially Sam's 'enemy'), Suzy's three brothers or the oddball narrator.

Cinematography wise I didn't think this movie was particularly spectacular, especially in comparison to other Wes Anderson movies like 'The Life Aquatic' or 'The Royal Tenenbaums'. There were a couple of shots that were cool though, some really long zoom outs (which sounds clichéd but it worked) and the doll house type ones that I love and think are awesome.

I wouldn't expect to wet your pants laughing at any moment in 'Moonrise Kingdom' but it is funny. There are a couple of laugh out loud moments and as a whole the jokes are pretty sharp and intelligently done. The reason I like the humour in this movie is that it's a part of the ambiance and feel of it, it won't make you crack up but it will make you have a smile on your face for pretty much the whole thing and leave you feeling strangely happy.

That kind of ambiance is really why the movie is so good, and is possibly Wes Anderson's best movie. The whole story is this fantastic blend of reality and child-like dreaming and it's wonderful. At times I felt kind of nostalgic and sad that I'm not a kid anymore. On the other hand it feels like a tribute to those myths and dreams of being a child and it works so well. This is the kind of film that I feel I could watch over and over again, each time spotting something new but also feeling good and enjoying the overall purpose.

Definitely go and see it!


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