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For the Moment (1996)

Russell Crowe , Christianne Hirt , Aaron Kim Johnston  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Russell Crowe, Christianne Hirt, Wanda Cannon, Scott Kraft, Peter Outerbridge
  • Directors: Aaron Kim Johnston
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I56FA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "For the Moment" on IMDb

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A pre-superstardom Russell Crowe brings enough leading-man wattage to this modest Canadian drama to light all of Manitoba. Set in the prairie country above Minnesota in 1942, For the Moment's wartime romance stars Crowe as Lachlan, a rakish Australian pilot signed on to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, which trains fliers for combat duty. With an average life expectancy of the program's graduates no more than six weeks, Lachlan wastes no time wooing the attractive and lonely Lill (Christianne Hirt), wife of a farmer-turned-soldier serving overseas. The two fall in love, and their touching if secretive affair serves as a counterpoint to a more public, and tender, romance between the town's prostitute and Lachlan's commanding officer. Writer-director Aaron Kim Johnston eschews bathos for a graceful, even stately, tone to his tale of loneliness and loss. The staggeringly charming, dashing Crowe, however, makes For the Moment compelling. --Tom Keogh

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Western Canada, 1942. A handsome Australian named Lachlan (Russell Crowe of The Quick and the Dead, Virtuosity, Gladiator) and other pilots in-training from around the world have the earth below them and a dark cloud over their heads: the life expectancy of a World War ll bomber pilot is six weeks. Now more than ever these brave young men reach out to seize the day. And with each day, loves can form, hearts can break, memories can be forged that will last generations. This "gorgeous-looking, romantic drama" (The Hollywood Reporter) explores the tender wartime romance between Lachlan and a lonely Manitoba farm girl (Christianne Hirt). It glows with the heart-tugging passion of a love that's inevitable yet doomed, and like the pilots and lives it celebrates, it soars.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally the whole movie! April 30, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you are a Russell Crowe fan or a fan of the movie you can finally purchase the entire film on dvd from Amazon. I would not recommend purchasing the used dvds without contacting seller as previously this dvd was missing several whole scenes...this re-release is complete. A wonderfully done movie ... it is sad and sweet. A snapshot of one of the lesser known sides of WWII. The characters are endearing and funny, the plot moves along well and there is some wonderful photography. For Crowe fans his recital of "High Flight" is worth the purchase, not to mention a young Mr. Crowe at his most charming. NOt for those looking for an action war movie it is most definitely for the romantics out there.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the video not the dvd December 16, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a lovely little film. I liked this movie since my first viewing. But there is a new version on dvd that has ruined it. They've cut out 25 minutes, including the recitation of High Flight and the singing of Waltzing Matilda, high points in the movie.
So don't be fooled. Buy it on VHS.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SWEET & TOUCHING... July 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Before seeing this film, I was unaware of the training experiences of the Allied forces in Canada. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the film, as well as the beautiful scenery of Manitoba. The story was bittersweet; for in war time, some people are torn apart while others are thrown together. This movie also illustrated that very well. Russell Crowe manages to convey such subtle nuance in his work, and this film is no exception. This is a keeper; one I enjoy viewing when I want to smile through my tears.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "For the Moment" has its moments October 30, 2000
By Beryl
Format:VHS Tape
It's easy to say the movie bogs down in mushy melodrama, but the way such opulent love is pitted against the tragedy of a war, the result is quite befitting. "For the Moment" plays out like the younger sister of "The English Patient", starting with a sublimely beautiful opening shot, and proceeding on to delicately break our hearts, even if the story seems too romantic to be plausible (which is not entirely true). There's a great performance from Crowe, and a notable one from Hirt. Great music and scenery. The movie can be described as nothing truly orginal, but hats off for the great effort and the way they expand on the theme. Even if it seems too goody-goody for it's own good, "For the Moment" does have its moments: Crowe's recital of "High Flight", the lovers singing "Waltzing Matilda", and several notably memorable lines of dialogue ("Best to just feel my way around.") It's worth a rental, but it's not terribly heavy stuff. Overall, not a bad movie.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Added stars on second viewing... September 1, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Unless you're living on Mars any Russell Crowe fan knows this isn't HIS favorite movie, but his "mother liked it." I can see why. The opening flight scene is worth the price of this movie. I suppose it could be said that some of the other cast members were "weak" (as previously complained), but I found it nice not to be manipulated by big star emoting in this sweet story and very endearing that Christianne Hirt had a couple very bad hair days throughout the film. (Is that why she kept referring to her hair during the "sea shore" scene?) The children in this film were hilarious...especially the little boy as he hardly said a word, but kept me giggling. What else can be said about Russell Crowe that hasn't already been expressed? He was born for the silver screen and aren't we movie addicts lucky! I'm sure we'll never read that a director wants "a Russell Crowe type." There is no such thing. The man can play anything.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Above average (3 1/2) from here on in the Spree June 18, 2000
By Sam G
Format:VHS Tape
Opinions, here's mine. This is a foreign film, foreign as in they consider film an art form not an industry (thanks Sam Mendes)
This is a story of another time, where the pace people lived at was different than now. That fact needs to be apparent from the beginning of the film. The Pachelbel Canon is a beautiful choice for flying music when you don't have a big budget.
I liked these characters. I felt for their situations and understood how you could get there. Top of my list of scenes: Russell Crowe reciting "High Flight" it was done beautifully. I'd like to see and hear him do Shakespeare.
One of the other reviewers said they felt the character of Lill was "wooden". Was she? Or was it her character trying to resist Lachlan? I felt like she knew, from the beginning, she could never give in totally to him . In just a few weeks he'd be gone, like her husband, who she had loved too. So, was she "wooden" or was she just saving a part of herself so she could survive sending these people she loved off to war?
I did enjoy "Waltzing Matilda".
On the whole it was a sweet movie more of what you would have expected from the 1940's... and wasn't that the idea. They threw in more current concerns as homosexuality and racism which makes it more 1990's. Nice film.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Nostalgic WWII Romance November 3, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The story is quite good, depicting a real look at the way WWII affected people's emotions. Russell Crowe is excellent as the Aussie heartbreaker. The film may suffer slightly from the secondary romance, but it fits well within the overall plot of the movie. It made me want to be right in the middle of it. The filming is beautiful and the characters are engaging. I wish more movies like it were made.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Moment- very good movie
Awesome movie - we love it and have watched it several times :) and I would recommend that everyone watch it at least once!
Published 2 months ago by Penny McKinnon
4.0 out of 5 stars A wartime romance
This is a compelling story of a young Australian airman and the Canadian woman he falls for while training for advanced flight and bombings. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Viva
5.0 out of 5 stars aussie russell crowe
The movie is made in Canada and not as "slick" as an American production, but, Crowe is delightful. His role in this is simply a portend of superstardom to come.
Published on March 2, 2011 by EBJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic World War II issues for those on the homefront
The difficulties of trying to go on living a life when you're worried about the
loved ones in war a world away and the toll it takes while you're waiting for them to return. Read more
Published on June 26, 2010 by ricfan
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Moment; a definite winner
This film shows the innocence and ways of the time during WWII in Canada. You don't see many war movies focusing on Canada. Read more
Published on June 8, 2010 by M. Mangone
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE MOMENT
Published on July 5, 2009 by D. J. Duncan
1.0 out of 5 stars For The Moment
I wish I could rate this transaction a zero, but I don't find a way to do that.

The copy of the movie that was sent to me is, I believe, a "bootleg" copy. Read more
Published on June 1, 2009 by Gil Bertelson
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Moment
I loved this movie! Russell Crowe again gives a memorable performance. The picture as a whole was well done and after awhile you were actually living that period of WWII. Read more
Published on April 18, 2008 by Louis J. Barbier
4.0 out of 5 stars Crowe proved early on that he was destined to be a star...
As a huge fan of Russell Crowe I had to research this movie and give it a try. While it is not as polished a movie as it could have been it still brings an adequate amount of... Read more
Published on March 17, 2008 by Andrew Ellington
4.0 out of 5 stars For The Moment
Good heartwarming story. I recommend it highly. Russell Crowe's early attempt at acting was a complete success.
Published on June 26, 2007 by Paul J. Bennett
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