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Moonlight (2016)

R | | Drama | 18 November 2016 (USA)
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A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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Terrence
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Azu (as Duan 'Sandy' Sanderson)
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Little (as Alex Hibbert)
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Longshoreman (as Herman 'Caheej' McCloun)
Kamal Ani-Bellow ...
Portable Boy 1
Keomi Givens ...
Portable Boy 2
Eddie Blanchard ...
Portable Boy 3
Rudi Goblen ...
Gee
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Mr. Pierce
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Terrel
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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 Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than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... Written by Huggo

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This is the story of a lifetime.

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Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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18 November 2016 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$402,075 (USA) (21 October 2016)

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$27,850,912 (USA) (28 April 2017)
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Moonlight is Barry Jenkins' second full length feature film behind Medicine for Melancholy (2008). See more »

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When Chiron dreams about Kevin after their phone call, they have not seen each other since high school and yet Kevin is portrayed as an adult. Chiron would not know what adult Kevin looks like. See more »

Quotes

Kevin (16): What you cry about?
Chiron: I should have cried too much sometimes I feel like I'm just gonna turn into drops.
Kevin (16): Just roll out into the water, right? Roll out into the water just like all these other muthafuckers around here trying to drown their sorrow.
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Hello Stranger
Written by Barbara Lewis
Performed by Barbara Lewis
Warner-Tamerlan Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Disappointingly dull
27 February 2017 | by (Southsea) – See all my reviews

The 10 star reviews are shocking and Best Picture Oscar are shocking. I found the film tedious and dull. Nothing engaging or interesting to draw my attention away from the awful dialogue and predictable story arcs. Whilst I haven't seen any films about gay black men growing up in poverty, this film told me nothing about that struggle that I couldn't have written myself on the back of an envelope. If the academy felt compelled to give Best Picture to a film featuring actors of colour, both Hidden Figures and Lion were far more deserving.


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