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Mojave Moon (1996)

Sexy, young Ellie picks up Al, 53, in a diner in LA to get a ride to her mom in the Mojave desert. Ellie leaves Al there with the pretty mom, her crazy, violent boyfriend and a body in his car trunk.

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Kevin Dowling

Writer:

Leonard Glasser
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Aiello ... Al
Anne Archer ... Julie
Michael Biehn ... Boyd
Angelina Jolie ... Ellie
Alfred Molina ... Sal
Jack Noseworthy ... Kaiser
Zack Norman ... Terry
Peter MacNicol ... Tire Repairman
John Getz ... Police Officer
Mary Joy ... Waitress
Lee Arenberg ... Friendly Motorist
Mark Anderson Mark Anderson ... Gunman #1
Gary Lee Davis Gary Lee Davis ... Gunman #2
Corin Nemec ... Car Thief
Leonard Termo ... Shorty
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Storyline

Al McCord is hanging out at his favourite restaurant when he meets an attractive young woman (Ellie) who is looking for a ride from the city out into the Mojave Desert, where her mother lives. Little does he know that while Ellie is falling in love with him, he is falling for her mother (Julie), despite the nearby presence of Julie's boyfriend who seems likely to go berzerk at any moment. Even more strange, hilarious events follow and it's up to Al to find some explanation. His life may never again be the same. Written by Neil Wick <neil@wick.net>

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A Roadtrip, a Romance, and a Not-So-Dead Body.


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color
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When Al goes outside to leave julie's trailer, Ellie's Trans Am is clearly seen in the background, although she drove it to the Buffalo chip bar and is there at the time Al is leaving. See more »

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Al: [first lines - narration] Ever get so bored with your life, you're afraid your gonna do something stupid? And then you get afraid you're so far gone you can't even think up something stupid to do any more? Well last year when my wife and I split up, I decided to leave New York, thought I'd go to Seattle. Then I remembered, Seattle has even more serial killers than Long Island. Add that to the big coffee house scene, and you got a town filled with psychopaths - who are always awake.
Al: Six months in...
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Just plain odd

Before Angelina Jolie blew up front and centre, she got her start in some wild and wacky b movies and genre stuff, the weirdest of which has to be Mojave Moon. It's one of those low rent flicks where not much of anything happens, the characters meander in and out of a non-story and almost everyone is completely nuts. 'B movie dramedy' I suppose would be the specific sub-genre. The 'story', as it were, follows drifter Al (Danny Aiello), who meets pretty young Ellie (Jolie) in a diner and hitches a ride out to the desert for seemingly no reason at all. As Ellie takes a shine to him, he begins to fall for her mother (Anne Archer). Only problem is, her mom has a boyfriend played by Michael Biehn who is quite possibly one of the weirdest characters I've ever seen in a film. Volatile, berserkly unstable and constantly in near hysteria mode, it's an odd performance that off-sets the quirky tone straight into the twilight zone. That seems to be the idea here though, the dreamy desert climate having a strange effect on these folks, causing all kinds of outrageous behaviour and scenarios. The town offers a rogue's gallery of characters including Michael Berryman, Alfred Molina, Jack Noseworthy, Peter Macnicol, John Getz, Michael Massee and others, all of whom don't really do much other than show up, act weird for a bit and then wander off again. I like this type of film though, purposeless other than to languish about with characters who don't want much, their arcs sputtering in a flatline of small town doldrums and behaviour that only makes sense to them. It's not for everyone, which is why no one really gives credit to this stuff, but it's enjoyable once in a while, when you're in as strange a mood as the residents of this one horse sideshow of a town.


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