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A Walk on the Moon

April 2nd, 1999

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Director Tony Goldwyn with Anna PaquinPearl & MartyPearl & AlisonPearl and Walker

The world of a young housewife is turned upside down when she has an affair with a free-spirited blouse salesman.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.4/10 (4,673 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Tony Goldwyn

Stars: Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber

USA, estate del 1969. L'uomo sta per passeggiare sulla Luna, la guerra in Vietnam è scoppiata, arrivano i figli dei fiori, c'è il grande concerto di Woodstock. E proprio in un campo di villeggiatura per famiglie ebree non distante da Woodstock si trovano Alison e la famiglia in vacanza. Pearl, la madre è giovane ed attraente, ma sconfitta dalla vita (è rimasta incinta al primo rapporto amoroso ed ha dato addio ai sogni per dedicarsi ai figli). Marty, il padre è assente perché occupato nella ditta di televisori in cui lavora (tutti vogliono vedere lo sbarco sulla Luna). Un giorno arriva al campo un affascinante venditore di vestitini e cianfrusaglie : per Pearl è il colpo di fulmine. Vive un'intensa storia d'amore e di passione, culminata nella fuga a Woodstock, dove è corsa anche Alison con il suo primo ragazzo. Durante il concerto la ragazzina scorge la madre con l'amante e fugge...

Diane Lane - Pearl Kantrowitz
Viggo Mortensen - Walker Jerome
Liev Schreiber - Marty Kantrowitz
Anna Paquin - Alison Kantrowitz
Tovah Feldshuh - Lillian Kantrowitz
Bobby Boriello - Daniel Kantrowitz
Stewart Bick - Neil Leiberman
Jess Platt - Herb Fogler
Mahée Paiement - Mrs. Dymbort (as Mahee Paiement)
Star Jasper - Rhoda Leiberman
Ellen David - Eleanor Gelfand
Lisa Bronwyn Moore - Norma Fogler
Victoria Barkoff - Selma Levitsky (as Vicky Barkoff)
Tamar Kozlov - Wendy Green
Lisa Jakub - Myra Naidell

Release Date: 2 April 1999

Filming Locations: Arundel, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $78,709 (USA) (28 March 1999) (7 Screens)

Gross: $4,741,987 (USA) (4 July 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Diane Lane wanted Viggo Mortensen to be in the film so much that she gave up part of her salary so that the production could afford him.

Continuity: When the Kantrowitz's are packing the car in the beginning of the movie they put a dish drying rack with lot's of stuff in the backseat of the car twice.

Marty Kantrowitz: Sometimes things happen between people that make it impossible for them to stay together.

User Review

the best movie I've seen in sometime

Rating: 10/10

A Walk on the Moon was Tony Goldwyn's directorial debut,

and all I can say is MORE! This is an excellently constructed film. The script was written by Pamela Gray is

fantastic. If you like a film with characters who could easily be real in believable situations that you come to care about, then you will love this film. Set in upstate New York in the summer of '69 the movie focuses on the choices and the resulting consequences made by a young woman who feels trapped in her role as wife and mother. That setting with the Vietnam War, social unrest, Woodstock, and the manned moon landing is arguably one of the most interesting times of the 20th Century and woven seamlessly into the film. The soundtrack with songs from the era fits perfectly and is great. The casting and performances were flawless. After seeing the film, I can't imagine anyone else in the roles. This was the first time I had seen Liev Schreiber who plays Marty, the husband, and Viggo Mortensen, the carefree lover. Both were terrific. Tovah Feldshuh, the perceptive earthy mother-in-law, and Anna Paquin, the rebellious daughter, were perfectly cast as well. And Diana Lane as Pearl, the lead, plays her multifaceted role well. I believe this film to be worthy of Academy consideration. The category that comes to mind (and there are others) is best supporting actor for Liev Schreiber. This film is a must see for the baby boom generation. Four stars!!!!

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