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A Walk on the Moon (1999)

Diane Lane , Viggo Mortensen , Tony Goldwyn  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Bobby Boriello, Anna Paquin, Tovah Feldshuh
  • Directors: Tony Goldwyn
  • Writers: Pamela Gray
  • Producers: Dustin Hoffman, Graham Burke, Greg Coote, Jay Cohen, Josette Perrotta
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 1999
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K31T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Although its tale of marital crisis unfolds a bit too cleanly, A Walk on the Moon--which was coproduced by Dustin Hoffman--offers a welcome relief from the juvenile assault of skull-throbbing blockbusters. The story is gently involving, the characters are authentic, and, best of all, Diane Lane is given a chance to show why she's one of the most genuine and underrated actresses of her generation. Here she plays Pearl Kantrowitz, a devoted housewife on a routine vacation in the Catskills with her TV repairman husband Marty (Liev Schreiber), 14-year-old daughter (Anna Paquin), and rambunctious younger son (Tovah Feldshuh).

It's the summer of 1969. Neil Armstrong has made his "one small step for man," Woodstock is about to happen nearby (leading to a barely plausible dramatic coincidence), and while her husband is away on business, Pearl is cautiously receptive to the seductions of "the blouse man" (Viggo Mortensen), a hippie salesman who offers the adventure and passion that Pearl sacrificed to young pregnancy and marriage. Once the stage for infidelity is set, A Walk on the Moon progresses predictably, but first-time screenwriter Pamela Gray stays true to the emotions of her characters, and actor Tony Goldwyn (making a smooth directorial debut) maintains precisely the right tone to downplay most of the movie's dramatic clichés. Add to this a sharp dynamic between Lane and Paquin, whose performances create a substantial mother-daughter relationship. Graced by stolen moments and fleeting expressions that speak volumes, this unassuming little film is eminently worthwhile. --Jeff Shannon

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Dustin Hoffman presents Diane Lane (MURDER AT 1600, JACK), Liev Schreiber (SPHERE, SCREAM I&II), and Viggo Mortensen (A PERFECT MURDER, THE LORD OF THE RINGS) in a provocative and sensual story about one woman's personal sexual revolution! It's the summer of 1969 and Pearl (Lane) is spending yet another vacation with her family when she realizes that the freedom of the times is passing her by. Following a chance meeting with a sexy, free-spirited young man (Mortensen), Pearl is soon doing the unthinkable: having a daring, passionate affair! Also starring Academy Award(R)-winner Anna Paquin (Best Supporting Actress, THE PIANO, 1993; SHE'S ALL THAT) in a powerful motion picture that's been called one of the year's best -- Pearl must ultimately decide between the love of her husband and children ... or the lure of her newfound desires!

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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy December 28, 2003
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This is one movie that is misnamed. Ask anybody if they've seen it and they always say, Oh yeah, you mean the one with The Blouse Man. I learned from a friend of the woman who wrote the original that THAT was the original name. They should have kept it. But otherwise, I can't think of a negative thing to say about this movie. It's a coming-of-age (the daughter, played by Anna Paquin) story; it's a tale of a marriage turning boring and of temptation knocking at the door (The Blouse Man himself, SO well played by Viggo Mortensen; it's the exploration of the responsibilities that vie with the passions of the mom who sacrificed her youth and dreams to unplanned pregnancy and early marriage (so perfectly played by the lovely Diane Lane); the rage of the mostly clueless but loving and dutiful husband (Liev Schreiber), and the incomparable Tovah Feldshuh as the wise and sassy mother-in-law who literally and figuratively smacks sense into everyone's heads. The whole drama plays out during the summer of 1969 at a Jewish `camp' in the Catskills. Woodstock's `happening' occurs, and then Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.
Plus, omigod, such a great soundtrack, all the terrific music from that unbelievable and surreal era. This is one of those videos you just might want to purchase.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorites! October 21, 2004
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My husband and I own this movie and think it's fabulous on every level. We've watched it many times since it was first released. Diane Lane and Liev Schrieber are both marvelous actors and are able to convey so much about their emotions with small moments. Tovah Feldshuh, as the wise mother-in-law, is perfect. The changing times are believably portrayed in this story about a couple who married young in a different time and now find their world changing. (I was 18 at the time of the moon landing and Woodstock so witnessed the era firsthand.) One of the things that is so good about this movie is that all the characters are good, well-intentioned people - there is no "bad" guy here, even the gorgeous "blouse man," played by Viggo Mortensen, is a decent guy. I love it that both Pearl and Marty, after they realize some new things about each other, are willing to try and find their way back to each other in this new world. The final scene of them dancing on the porch couldn't be better.

Despite the fact that three years after this movie, Diane Lane was in "Unfaithful," they are very different movies and "A Walk on the Moon" is superior because it has so much heart. I can very strongly recommend this movie.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ode to family values August 16, 2001
Such high-quality movies like A Walk On The Moon rarely get released . It's a film about the stormy turns a family's daily life takes when wife Pearl ( Lane ) meets a charming blouse man ( Mortensen ) . Although it's clear that she does love her husband ( Schreiber ) , she fails to remain faithfull to him . At the same time her daughter ( Anna Paquin ) is slowly becoming a woman . Her first flirt with a boy takes place and the girl , full of doubts and questions tries to come in terms with her puberty . The film's biggest strength is it's cast . Lane gives a quiet , carefull perfomance as the young wife while Mortensen displays once more his poisonous charms . The heart of the film though is Liev Schreiber who gives to his character the human sensitivity he needs to seem believable . He's one of these gifted , underrated actors ( see also Don Cheadle , Ben Chaplin ) who we would never like to see leading an expensive , supernatural blockbuster movie . What makes A Walk On The Moon so special is that it talks about things and situations which could easily be true . Frightengly naturall are also the supporting actors who have been casted perfectly as everyday-people of that time . The family's unity is in danger and the viewer almost feels Pearl's frustration and agony about the future . Will her acts torn her home apart ? Director Goldwyn dezerves congratulations for risk losing the teenage audience by making a film about family values . If you ask me though , when a movie is as well written and well acted as this one , age is not a factor . As for the ending is one of the smartest , most impulsive and touching ones you'll ever get the chance to see .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece-and Viggo for Sexiest Man EVER!!! April 5, 2006
This is among the most underrated films I have ever seen. The characters, the casting, the subplots, Tony Goldwyn's superb directing, I simply cannot say enough about this film. Diane Lane was superb as a young wife and mother whose youth came to a halt when she becomes pregnant at 17 and she later has another child after her daughter. Lane's character Pearl is an adventurer and a free spirit who is married to a good man who is, alas, unbelievably conventional, uptight, boring, and so unromantic I found myself wincing several times throughout the movie. The scene where he confronts Pearl about the Blouse Man is so lackluster I was thinking, "Yeah this guy seems REALLY upset".

And speaking of the Blouse Man.....As far as I am concerned Viggo Mortensen is the most devine man who ever graced this planet. He is already overwhelming as an artist and an activist, but when one adds his superb acting abilities to the list he is almost unbearable. Mortensen's role of Jerome Walker is among his best performances and by far his most sensual. The moment Pearl meets Walker the attraction is tangible as she looks at him and sees everything she wants and everything she wanted to be. Her affair with Walker gives her back the things that were taken away from her when she became a wife and mother.

Mortensen is beyond temptation knocking on Pearl's door. The way he moves, holds himself, and looks at every woman who comes into his bus is seduction itself. He takes one look at Pearl and knows what this woman has lost and what she needs to regain the part of herself she has sacrificed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Simply Love This Movie!
I had it on VHS and bought it on DVD. What more can I say?
Published 12 hours ago by Barbara J. Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent movie
Published 1 day ago by petersanville
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful film with stellar acting capturing the...
This is a beautiful film with stellar acting capturing the transformational times of the beloved sixties. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Donna D'eufemia
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie was very nostalgic and had some very good make out scenes
This movie was very nostalgic and had some very good make out scenes. I did feel badly for the wonderful husband. It also shows Woodstock. Good watch!
Published 15 days ago by J. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I like to get older movies, that are not in stores any more, this is a good place to find them.
Published 19 days ago by Michael C
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie
I saw this movie several years ago on cable and wanted to own it immediately. Not too long ago I checked here at Amazon and the DVD wasn't available, so I'm glad they've made it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely touching
This movie exudes passion, freedom, and excitement. These are sorely missing in todays busy, get as much as you can, culture. I loved it and it really hit a nerve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Diane Keaton, Viggo Mortenson. . . I really don't think that I should say more. However, since I have a certain amount of words to use I have to continue.
Published 1 month ago by Holly Billick
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good movie
Entertaining. A good lesson about life. A film that can be watched over and over again. A keeper for the collection. I highly recommend this film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terry Keewatin
5.0 out of 5 stars Deciding to want what you have----nice change of pace
It's classic tale, but not cliche' in any way. The blue collar couple marry too young for the usual reason and go on to have another child. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jody Lynn
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