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Box of Moonlight (1996)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 July 1997 (USA)
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An engineer finds his first gray hair, takes 6 days off from wife, son and work, rents a car and meets different people.

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Tom DiCillo

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Tom DiCillo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Turturro ... Al Fountain
Sam Rockwell ... The Kid
Catherine Keener ... Floatie Dupre
Lisa Blount ... Purlene Dupre
Annie Corley ... Deb Fountain
Alexander Goodwin ... Bobby Fountain
Dermot Mulroney ... Wick
Mike Stanley ... Doob
Rica Martens Rica Martens ... Doris
Ray Aranha Ray Aranha ... Soapy
Robert Wightman ... Dex
James Richardson James Richardson ... Taco
Stephen Dupree Stephen Dupree ... Elwood
Eugene Wolf Eugene Wolf ... Lyle
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Luvven Coddle
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Storyline

Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking for a lake he remembers from his childhood. But his wandering takes him into the life of Kid, a free-spirited young man who helps Al escape from the routine of everyday life and find freedom to enjoy himself. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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Discover something incredible...

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Box of Moonlight See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$782,641

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$782,641
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Dolby | Dolby SR

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The video game being played by Al's son, Bobby, near the start of the film is the relatively obscure Ultra Vortek for the Atari Jaguar system. See more »

Goofs

When watching wrestling and eating hot dogs with the Kid, Al's hot dog goes from half-eaten to him taking the first bite of it back to half-eaten depending on the camera angle. See more »

Quotes

Al Fountain: Well, it's kind of hard to say this, but I've, uh, started seeing things.
The Kid: Oh? What kind of things?
Al Fountain: Well, I'm seeing things moving... backwards.
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Alternate Versions

In a cut scene right before reaching Bambi's Bar, Kid tells Al that he wanted to join the Air Force after high school because they wanted him to be a test pilot. Al then sees a man walking backwards across the street. He asks Kid what he sees, and Kid confirms it. Kid pulls alongside the man at a stop sign, and asks why he's walking backwards. The man replies because he feels like it. Kid then tells him that if he does it in front of his car, he'll run over him. Kid screeches away from the stop sign and almost hits the man. See more »

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Version of Wann ist der Mond eigentlich rund? (1999) See more »

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Wheels Over Me
Written by Die Haut
(Christoph Dreher (as Dreher), Stecclczyk, Thomas Wydler (as Wyler), Rainer Lingk (as Lingk))
Performed by Die Haut
Courtesy of What's So Funny About
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Very poetic
20 March 2003 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

I suppose I have the right sex, the right age and the right background to absolutely love this movie. It is full of beautiful pictures, romantic and humorous scenes. The balance between dream and reality is aptly kept, the use of colour is deliberate and aesthetically sound (green and shades of blue predominate), the soundtrack is memorable and supports the pictures very well. Box of Moon Light has a pleasant slow pace, and all is well orchestrated into a good, coherent story and a single statement: You have to look for the poetic side of life wherever you are, in whatever situation you find yourself in.

All characters are three dimensional: John Turturro is simply brilliant (the quality of his performance here equals the one he gave in Quiz Show) as the conscientious, morally uptight middle class Mr. Everyman who is sent to a nowhere place in the rolling hills of Tennessee on a futile mission. Sam Rockwell is equally well cast in his role of a totally carefree present day Huckleberry Finn/Davy Crockett who rules supreme in his own little junk-kingdom. Catherine Keener was certainly never lovlier than here. She plays a shy girl from the backwoods and is surprisingly convincing in that role.


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