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Box of Moonlight (1996)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 July 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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 »

Filming Locations:

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,500, 27 July 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$720,717, 21 September 1997
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

The Kid: Hey, don't open that!
Al Fountain: Why not?
The Kid: You'll let the moonlight out, man. Come on, use your head!
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In a cut scene after Al leaves Circle Rent A Car, he stops for lunch at a roadside diner. He sees a little girl squirt mustard on a hot dog, which then flows backward into the bottle. The mom smacks the bottle out of her hand and yells at her for playing with it. The girl starts crying, which makes the mom yell at her. She then slaps the girl across the face. Al explains to the mom that she shouldn't do that, and she replies that she'll do whatever she wants to with her. Enraged, Al jumps up and screams at her, "Lady, you touch her again and I'll smash your face right through that window!" There is stunned silence, and Al can't believe what he did. He casually walks away, stepping on the mustard bottle. See more »

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

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little jewel of a film
9 May 2005 | by leelooNSSee all my reviews

Due of my obsession for Sam Rockwell i found this wonderful piece of film, knowing absolutely nothing about it, and...what can I say....it's well as we would say it in German: einfach wunderbar.....

Tom DiCillos Film describes in very brilliant scenes how a boring typical American father and husband discovers what life meant to be.... This film has several great scenes in it...the all-American-way of life is present throughout the whole story, showing for example this really fat boy jumping around the pool, or the incredible friendly woman of the car-renal-station....

John Turturro is brilliant as this empty man, who seems to never had any joy in his whole life, accept as a kid at this lake where he travels to, as the had some days off after work.... On his way he meets Buck alias The Kid, a young man who lives deep in the woods far away from every society..For seven days now these very different people get together...and it's so inspiring to see them become...well....some kind of friends.

Sam Rockwell is absolutely gorgeous as The Kid, i had this weird feeling - whenever he's in – i have to embrace this grown-up kid ever and ever again, never let him go.... His face in this scene when Turturro's Character wants to get back the key for his car.... indescribable...wow.... Well....surely i only want to intimate that this film is acting at it's purest.... In the end Turturro's Character as changed, in a little not so obvious way...an me to.


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