The Man in the Moon

Still of Reese Witherspoon and Emily Warfield in The Man in the MoonStill of Reese Witherspoon and Sam Waterston in The Man in the MoonStill of Reese Witherspoon in The Man in the MoonRobert Mulligan in The Man in the MoonStill of Reese Witherspoon and Tess Harper in The Man in the MoonStill of Reese Witherspoon and Jason London in The Man in the Moon

Plot

Rural Louisiana, summer of 1957, Elvis is King. At 14, Dani is coming of age. Her older sister is beautiful…

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 7.3/10 (7,181 voted)

Director:
Robert Mulligan

Stars: Sam Waterston, Tess Harper, Gail Strickland

Storyline
Rural Louisiana, summer of 1957, Elvis is King. At 14, Dani is coming of age. Her older sister is beautiful, smart, and off to Duke in the fall; her mom's pregnant with number four (Dad wants a son), and Dad's pretty strict. Life gets sweeter when 17-year-old Court Foster, his widowed mom, and two little brothers move into the vacant farm next door. Court likes Dani's high spirits and direct way, and though he has a man's responsibilities on the farm, they go off swimming sometimes. The waters of adolescence are deeper than Dani realizes as hers and Court's feelings get jumbled. Then Mother Nature throws wrenching surprises at Dani, and she must come to terms with new emotions.

Cast:

Sam Waterston

Matthew Trant


Tess Harper

Abigail Trant


Gail Strickland

Marie Foster


Reese Witherspoon

Dani Trant


Jason London

Court Foster


Emily Warfield

Maureen Trant


Bentley Mitchum

Billy Sanders


Ernie Lively

Will Sanders


Dennis Letts

Doc White


Earleen Bergeron

Mrs. Sanders


Anna Chappell

Mrs. Taylor


Brandi Smith

Missy Trant


Sandi Smith

Missy Trant


Derek Ball

Foster Twin


Spencer Ball

Foster Twin

Taglines:
Remember when you couldn't wait for your life to begin… and then, one day, it did?



Details

Official Website:
MGM |

Release Date: 4 October 1991

Filming Locations: Kisatchie, Louisiana, USA

Opening Weekend: $109,935
(USA)
(6 October 1991)
(24 Screens)

Gross: $2,853,801
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Reese Witherspoon answered an open casting call in Nashville, Tennessee, for extras, but ended up landing one of the lead roles.

Goofs:

Revealing mistakes:
Reese Witherspoon's flesh-colored top can be seen when Court discovers Dani skinny-dipping as she gets out of the water.

Quotes:

Dani:
Did'ja ever like somebody so much… that it almost made'ja sick?



User Review

A Beautiful, Heartbreaking Film

Rating: 10/10

"The Man in the Moon" is a beautifully realistic look at life through the
eyes of an
adolescent. Director Robert Mulligan magically re-creates screenwriter
Jenny
Wingfield's
autobiography of her childhood with gorgeous cinematography and a
haunting,
lyrical
musical score. This film hits home as one of the most powerful and
emotionally
affecting films in recent times.

This film is incredible, all the acting first rate, especially Sam
Waterston
and an
astonishing performance by Reese Witherspoon in her film debut. You will
feel every
emotion as this life changing summer in 1957 on the Trant family farm
comes
to a
conclusion.

"The Man in the Moon" was a limited release in 1991, and you will love the
fact that
most of you're family and friends will probably have never heard of it.
Buy
this dvd and
enjoy 100 minutes of pure poetic art. This film is truely the essence of
filmaking at its
finest.