Pontiac Moon 1994 PG-13 CC

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As a whole nation awaits the Apollo XI mission to the moon, Washington and his son undertake a fantastic journey of their own. Their goal: to match the mileage from the Earth to the moon in Washington's 1949 Pontiac Chief, which has an odometer reading just 1,800 miles short of the distance. If Washington's calculations are correct, they will arrive just as the astronauts land on the moon.

Starring:
Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen
Runtime:
1 hour 47 minutes

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Pontiac Moon

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Peter Medak
Starring Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen
Supporting actors Ryan Goldstein, Eric Schweig, Cathy Moriarty, Max Gail, Lisa Jane Persky, J.C. Quinn, John Schuck, Don Swayze, Gene Borkan, Ron Burke, Ramsey Ellis, Frank Carl Fisher Jr., Suzanne Ircha, Dewey Kellogg, James Oscar Lee, Tamara Wilcox-Smith, Keith MacKechnie, E.B. Myers
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Great movie to watch, over & over.
Babygirl
She is forced to overcome even extreme paranoia to chase after her impractical man and son.
G. Morton
All in all, a great cast, and a very delightful movie for this weary traveler.
Steve Schienberg

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Schienberg on January 24, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This must be one of the most underrated movies of the nineties. Fabulous story!! I was out of town on business, and I stumbled into the ole Blockbuster, and I thought I would give this un-known movie a try, as Im a big Mary Steenburgen fan. I was so delighted by this funny, serious, and heart touching movie, that I couldn't understand, why I never heard of it? Did it come and go in the movies? Great acting all around, with a lot of unknown actors. My favorite was the car mechanic living out in the desert played by Arthur Senzy, who I saw again in (I also rented) "A Few Good Men".Ted Danson, the Kid, and Eric Schweig were great as was Mary Steenburgen. All in all, a great cast, and a very delightful movie for this weary traveler.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John R. Bridell on September 25, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
PONTIAC MOON is a movie treat watching a simply good story unfold. I haven't had a movie catch my interest as much as this one for quite some time. It a film which relies on strong acting and strong script, with a few Greek-Navaho special effects tossed into the scenes now and then. It is a humorous quest with a story of Apollo moonwalk that is counterpoint genius on film; father and son in a 1949 Pontiac whose ignition starts a journey the moment America's Apollo first moon landing blasts off. From that point the counterpoint of Appollo and Pontiac continues until the quest is . . . well, I'll let you see the movie and find out if father and son reach their quest. To be a real quest, of course, the father and son must be detoured--in this case literally, then stranded under a desert starry sky, next stalled at a supper club which features an Americana singing contest--how I enjoyed hearing the vocal of "Kansas City"--then the Pontiac is off the trail for the father to borrow money from a family sheep-rancher relative, they are once more stalled by a cracked engine block, followed by more tense scenes of delay; all this action in a quest to reach the Spires of the Moon, Idaho before the moment of moonwalk touchdown. Together with the emphasis on the quest Danson's wife, Mary Steenburgen, has developed a phobia--she doesn't dare leave her home having holed up there for seven years. She is hyper-careful with an attitude that has put her family into mental recession. Mary has to decide whether she has the courage to follow Danson and son. Her decision leads to some interesting and amusing scenes. Will she seek her husband and arrive as an ex machina to save the day? This movie will teach you the two rules of getting along in life. To repeat, I haven't seen a movie managed as well as PONTIAC MOON for a long time. Ryan Todd, the son, together with Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson gave excellent off-beat performances.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Morton on September 19, 2005
Format: DVD
As a movie collector for decades who considers himself very critical & picky about films, I can't help myself, I love this movie. Yeah, it's maybe a little far-fetched or sentimental sometimes but there isn't a second of it that's not enjoyable - it's just too charming and well directed with exactly that effect in mind, and with a beautiful musical score, superb cinematography and a tight script. I think Ted Danson possibly gives his best performance ever as Washington Bellamy, an enraptured-with-knowledge elementary school teacher who also collects beautifully oddball classic cars. The story line described above about trying to match the distance the Apollo crew travels by simultaneously driving over a large part of the country to the Spires of the Moon National Park is already a remarkably charming idea. This will be his "one perfect act"

Washington Bellamy is a Don Quixote character, an idealistic and highly enthusiastic lover of nature & science who throughout the film is fighting ignorance rather than windmills and is enamored of the idea of a "perfect act". But along with strengths he has his faults, like all heroes, which come out painfully at several points in the film - so sensitive about faults that even his insignificant mix up of Galileo and Issac Newton attributions of a natural law pains him. His impractical view of life is symbolized toward the end by the breaking of the glass Pontiac hood piece by his more realistic son. Washington's wife, played so well by Mary Steenburgen, is the extreme opposite of her adventurous & idealistic husband - she doesn't even want to leave her house - and completely frustrates him. She is forced to overcome even extreme paranoia to chase after her impractical man and son.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Schreuder on March 25, 2005
Format: DVD
Embedding in a stirring and wonderful musical score is the story of a road trip that chronologically parallels the landing on the moon. Always interesting with comedic highlights, a superb piece of clean entertainment that is truly a rarity today. A must see for all families.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Kral on April 24, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
To me a simple inspirational story about a family, with imbedded problems, simply moving on.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bilgemeister on August 16, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Sure, the movie's perfectly enjoyable on its own merits, but owners and admirers of the Amphicar, an amphibious "boat-car" manufactured in the '60s, will especially appreciate having this film in their collections. For them it will be clear that while the Pontiac of the title actually craps out underway, the Amphicar is the truly transcendent vehicle, which in the end redeems all of them. Perhaps they should have called it "Amphicar Moon."
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