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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.

  • Won 3 Oscars. Another 221 wins & 289 nominations.
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Shariff Earp ...
Azu (as Duan 'Sandy' Sanderson)
Little (as Alex Hibbert)
Kevin age 9
Longshoreman (as Herman 'Caheej' McGloun)
Portable Boy 1
Keomi Givens ...
Portable Boy 2
Eddie Blanchard ...
Portable Boy 3
Rudi Goblen ...
Gee (as Rudi Goblin)
Mr. Pierce
Patrick Decile ...
Herveline Moncion ...
Kevin age 16
Fransley Hyppolite ...
Jesus Mitchell ...
Old School Guard
Larry Anderson ...
Principal Williams
Don Seward ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Justin Ebenhack ...
Gang Member (uncredited)
Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

Barry Jenkins

Written by

Barry Jenkins ... (screenplay by)
Tarell Alvin McCraney ... (story by)

Produced by

Sarah Esberg ... executive producer
Dede Gardner ... producer
Andrew Hevia ... co-producer
Jeremy Kleiner ... producer
Tarell Alvin McCraney ... executive producer
John Montague ... associate producer
Veronica Nickel ... co-producer / line producer
Brad Pitt ... executive producer
Adele Romanski ... producer
Elayne Schneiderman Schmidt ... additional line producer (as Elane Schmidt Schneiderman)

Music by

Nicholas Britell

Cinematography by

James Laxton

Film Editing by

Joi McMillon
Nat Sanders

Editorial Department

Alex Bickel ... digital intermediate colorist
Claudia Guevara ... digital intermediate producer
Daniel Orentlicher ... digital intermediate assist
Natacha Ikoli ... color assistant (uncredited)
Mark Scherel ... assistant on-line editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Yesi Ramirez ... (casting by)

Production Design by

Hannah Beachler

Art Direction by

Mabel Barba

Set Decoration by

Regina McLarney ... (as Regina McLarney Crowley)

Costume Design by

Caroline Eselin ... (as Caroline Eselin-Schaefer)

Makeup Department

Doniella Davy ... makeup department head
Gianna Sparacino ... hair department head

Production Management

Jennifer Radzikowski ... unit production manager
Reynaldo Rodriguez ... associate production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Stephen P. Del Prete ... first assistant director
Roger Mendoza ... second assistant director

Art Department

Yvonne Aja ... assistant property master
Robert Crowley ... additional lead man (as Robert P. Crowley)
Ryan Crowley ... additional lead man
Clark Grimes ... assistant property master
Becca Kenyon ... property master
Jeremy Koenig ... lead man
Keiter Liriano ... art department intern
David Sandeep Robert ... graphic designer

Sound Department

Joshua Adeniji ... supervising sound editor
Julio Alvarez ... boom operator
Onnalee Blank ... additional re-recording mixer
Christopher Bonis ... sound effects editor
Ryan Briley ... adr & dialogue editor
Micaela Cain ... foley mixer
Benjamin L. Cook ... additional supervising sound editor
Federico Costantini ... dubbing mixer
Chris David ... re-recording mixer
Robert Dehn ... sound studio manager
Benjamin Gieschen ... foley editor
Chris Giles ... sound mixer
Nate Grady-Reitan ... assistant sound editor
Shaughnessy Hare ... additional sound effects editor
Frederick Howard ... sound effects editor
Tatjana Jakob ... dubbing editor
Ihor Kaniuk ... ADR Recordist / re-recording mixer
Travis MacKay ... adr mixer
James Parnell ... assistant sound editor
Vicki Vandegrift ... foley artist (as Vicki O'Reilly Vandegrift) / foley artist
Mathew Waters ... additional re-recording mixer

Visual Effects by

Stephanie Apt ... president: visual effects, Significant Others
Betty Cameron ... visual effects artist
Dirk Greene ... visual effects artist
Sarah Roebuck ... executive producer: visual effects, Significant Others
Alek Rost ... visual effects producer
Jen Sienkwicz ... head of production: visual effects, Significant Others


Alex Edlin ... stunt coordinator (as Alexander Edlin)
Marc Joseph ... stunt double: Patrick Decile / "Terrel"
Eric Mainade ... action coordinator
Artie Malesci ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

James Baldanza ... steadicam
Christopher Belcarries ... company electrician
David Bornfriend ... still photographer
José Lázaro Brañas ... company grip (as Jose Branas)
Libor Cevelik ... steadicam operator
William 'Genie' Cintron ... best boy electrician
Ben Clerveaux ... company electrician
Jean Daguillard ... grip
Joseph B. Dare ... camera operator
Andy Futo ... best boy
John Galindez ... best boy grip
Elio Jorban ... company electrician
Kiva Knight ... gaffer
David Lanes ... key grip
Rusty Pouch ... rigging gaffer
Jonathan Proenza ... additional 2nd assistant camera
Stéphane Renard ... first assistant "a" camera
Adam Roback ... company grip / electrician
Giovanni Rodriguez ... grip
Fabricio Sacknies ... company grip / grip
Anthony Schrader ... key grip
Osvaldo Silvera Jr. ... steadicam operator
Billy Wells ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Daniel Williams ... grip

Casting Department

Madeleine Escarne ... background casting assistant
Monica Sorelle ... background casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Waina Chancy ... costumer (as Waiana Chancy)
Lisa Jamouzian ... costumer
Fernando Rodriguez ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

Daniel Capestany ... assistant location manager
Rod Deal ... locations scout
Faren Humes ... location manager
Keisha Rae Witherspoon ... location scout

Music Department

Nicholas Britell ... musician: piano / orchestrator / score produced by
Tim Fain ... musician: violin
John Finklea ... music consultant
Tony Finno ... music preparation
Seth Friedman ... music consultant
Matthew Richard Harris ... composer: additional music
Clifton Harrison ... musician: viola
Maggie Phillips ... music supervisor
Christine Greene Roe ... music coordinator (as Christine Roe)
Thomas Vicari ... score mixer (as Tommy Vicari) / score recordist (as Tommy Vicari)
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter ... music clearance coordinator

Script and Continuity Department

Steve Deering ... script coverage
Laura Pinto ... additional script supervisor
Melinda Taksen ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Bryan Angarita ... production assistant
Carles Berot ... dubbing supervisor / marketing and creative services
Dominique N. Butler ... insurance broker
Caroline Carrns ... assistant: Mr. Kleiner
Kristina Chen ... production counsel (as Kristina Chiu)
Robert Colom ... production assistant
Juan F. Danger ... set medic
André Des Rochers ... production counsel
Steven Fares ... production assistant
Ellie Gibbons ... Acquisitions Manager UK for Altitude
Danny Gonzalez ... production assistant
Allen Groover ... production assistant
Daniel Guarino ... production assistant
Danny Guarino ... production assistant
Pedro M. Guillen ... production coordinator
Shelby Halberg ... production assistant
Reed Hample ... production intern
Jeanie Igoe ... Production Executive
Nazia Khan ... assistant: Mr. Pitt
Debbi L. Klopman ... immigration legal
Nicole Wulf Maldonado ... intern
Dawn McLeod ... craft service
Siena Oberman ... production company intern
Sebastian Pardo ... title design
Linda Pilgrim ... craft service
John Portnoy ... production services
Frank Rivera ... production staff
Danniel Rodriguez ... assistant: Mr. Jenkins (as Danny Rodriguez)
Matthew Romanski ... production assistant
Carolina Romero ... production assistant
Laurel Kay Schmidt ... intern
Deby Stewart ... studio teacher
Anita Surendran ... production counsel
Nick Thurlow ... production services
Ryan Vandalinda ... production secretary
Todd Williams ... production services
Jason Wool ... Talent Wrangler/Production Assistant
Tarell Alvin McCraney ... based on: the stage play "Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue" by (uncredited)


Radha Blank ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Anna Boden ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Shane Carruth ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Ryan Coogler ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Carolyn Govers ... the producers wish to thank
Micah Green ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Morgan Kellum ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Ryland Walker Knight ... special thanks
Graham Leggat ... the producers wish to thank
Lucas Leyva ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Marco Martinez ... special thanks (as Marco Antonio Martinez)
Kelly Parker ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Andres Des Rochers ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jewerl Ross ... special thanks
Amy Seimetz ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Leslie Shatz ... the filmmakers wish to thank
Justin Simien ... the filmmakers wish to thank
David Tamargo ... the producers wish to thank
Jay Van Hoy ... the producers wish to thank
Billy Wells ... special thanks
Elliott D. Yancey ... the producers wish to thank

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Plot Summary

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 of its problems when he reaches his difficult teen years when peer pressure affects what he and many of his peers do, unless he follows Juan's advice of truly making his own decisions for himself. Written by Huggo

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • 月光男孩 (China, Mandarin title)
  • Σεληνόφως (Greece)
  • Luz de Luna (Chile)
  • În lumina lunii (Romania)
  • Moonlight - Tre storie di una vita (Italy)
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  • 111 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,488,740, 18 Nov 2016
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $55,561,162, 20 Mar 2017

Did You Know?

Trivia According to cinematographer James Laxton Moonlight only had a small budget of $1.5 million (Variety). Director Barry Jenkins confirmed at a Q&A at the BFI in London, that this was indeed the budget. This is a lower budget than any other 'Best Picture' winner since Rocky (1976) had, which cost a reported $1.1 million in its day. But if the budgets are adjusted for inflation, then "Moonlight" has to be regarded as the 'Best Picture' winner with the lowest budget ever. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Warren Beatty/Naomie Harris/Robbie Robertson/Aminé (2016). See more »
Soundtracks Every Nigger Is a Star See more »
Crazy Credits There are no opening credits. See more »
Quotes Juan: [to Little] Let me tell you something, man. There are black people everywhere. You remember that, okay? No place you can go in the world ain't got no black people, we was the first on this planet.
[Slight pause]
Juan: I've been here a long time. I'm from Cuba. Lotta black folks in Cuba. You wouldn't know that from being here, though. I was a wild little shorty, man. Just like you. Running around with no shoes on, when the moon was out. This one time, I ran by this old... this old lady. I was runnin' and hollerin', and cuttin' a fool, boy. This old lady, she stopped me. She said...
[He pauses]
Juan: [Imitating an old lady's voice] "Runnin' around, catching up all that light. In moonlight, black boys look blue. You blue, that's what I'm gon' call you. 'Blue'."
Little: So your name 'Blue'?
Juan: [Chuckles] Nah.
[Another pause]
Juan: [to Little] At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you gonna be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you.
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