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3.9 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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Oscar(R) winners Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor, 1980, Kramer vs. Kramer), Susan Sarandon (Best Actress, 1996, Dead Man Walking), and Holly Hunter (Best Actress, 1994, The Piano) star with Jake Gyllenhaal (The Good Girl) in Moonlight Mile -- an uplifting story of endearing honesty and humor. When Joe Nast (Gyllenhaal) experiences an unexpected loss, he wants to be the man he believes everyone wants him to be -- the dutifully bereaved husband-to-be and the perfect would-be son-in-law to Ben (Hoffman) and Jojo (Sarandon). But then another woman unexpectedly enters his life, and he's torn between fulfilling his new roles and following his heart.

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Deleted Scenes|Audio Commentary With Director Brad Silberling|Audio Commentary With Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal, And Brad Silberling|"Moonlight Mile: A Journey To Screen"

Product Details

  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Holly Hunter, Jake Gyllenhaal, Careena Melia
  • Directors: Brad Silberling
  • Writers: Brad Silberling
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLOB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Moonlight Mile" on IMDb

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In 1971 'The Rolling Stones' recorded a beautiful track entitled 'Moonlight Mile' which is about being away from the ones you love. In the song he sings the words "I am just living to be lying by your side" and in those words we get it...we understand, and that is why this song, this title is so appropriate for a film of this grander. Susan Surandon and Dustin Hoffman star in this beautiful and touching film about losing the most important thing in your life, your child. Diana is engaged to Joe (Gyllenhaal in a powerful, pre-Brokeback, performance) when her life is taken by a madman. She is shot to death while being served in a diner. The movie opens with Joe, Ben (Hoffman) and Jojo (Surandon) getting ready to attend their daughters funeral. The next few seens really set the tone of the film and establish the roles your charactors will play. Within the first five minutes we see that Joe is uncomfortable, almost in his own skin, shy and reclusive and afraid of his suroundings. THis is not his town, these are not his friends, this is not his family and still he stays. Jojo appears strong, stronger than those around her but that's only because she doesn't know how to feel. It's only been three days. How does a mother feel THREE DAYS after her only child is murdered. SO to compensate Jojo finds humor in her situation and in those who share it with her. Ben feels a sense of responcibility. He's the sensible one, conciderate and understanding and appreciative of everyones good intentions regardless of how much he resents them for it. He may not want to see anyone right now, but he puts on a smile and says "thank you very much" because he knows you care. Those are your charactors, and that's your tone, uncomfortable, humorus and understanding.Read more ›
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Susan Surandon, Dustin Hoffman, and Jake Gyllenhaal have truly outdone themselves. Surandon and Hoffman play grieving parents, Gyllenhaal is their would be son-in-law. Each give stellar perfomances and the script is amazing, both of which straddle the line between tragedy and comedy. As soon as a tear comes to your eye, Surandon's character Jo will blurt out a randomly brash straightforward comment that will make you laugh.

Ben (Hoffman) and Jo (Surandon) have just lost their only child, Diane, who was tragically shot in a diner. She was to be married to Joe (Gyllenhaal), who ends up staying with Ben and Jo because he has secrets that force him to believe it's the right thing to do. Then Joe meets a girl named Bertie, who helps him fish out his wedding invitations at the post office. Joe is attracted to Bertie, but he also doesn't want to hurt anyone.

The movie is a little slow, but I'm forgiving when a movie turns out to be so incredible. There were points in the movie when I had a hard time watching, just because it brings forth memories in my life which are sad, but unforgettable. As sad as I may have gotten while watching this movie, it makes me not want to forget.

I highly recommend this movie. You're getting alot out of this one movie, a great cast, great script, great direction... Definitely check it out!
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The film is written and directed by Brad Silberling, whose loss of his girlfriend Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989 was the inspiration for this story. I thought that the greatest thing about this movie was it's ability to make the viewer commiserate with nearly every character. After the death of their daughter, Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon portray grieving parents, Jake Gyllenhaal is a guilt riddled former fiance, and Ellen Pompeo is a woman with her own troubles caught up in this family by fate or by choice(?) I think that there is a catharsis seeing all of the emotion that these characters exude -- and even in trying to hold it in, end up wearing their hearts on their sleeves to their own amplitude.
Although I have read reviews that perhaps Jake Gyllenhaal is not the ideal actor for this role, I truly thought he brought a great deal to Joe's character. Perhaps seeing him in a similarly morose roll in "The Good Girl" (the characters are very different, but the sort of intraverted-quiet-guy theme is similar) may have made me question his range as an actor, but I won't hold it against him.
Overall, one of the better movies exploring human nature, greiving, and a look at what we are willing to sacrifice for love, friendship and family. I also have to add that the choice of music fitting the 70's was great. It doesn't overpower the script, but it compliments it very well.
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I thought it was brilliant, quirky and wonderful. It has a very unique slant on a terrible tragedy, and a nice little love story woven into it. The movie is beautifully filmed and the photography adds a lot to the mood and emotion. I like the fact that it was set in the 1970's because it wouldn't have flowed any other way...the jukebox, the telephones and the vietnam war all are background, but key elements. It could only have worked in the 70's... there just is no place in this movie for cell phones and computers. Great soundtrack too. If you liked "Sweet November" you'll love this movie.
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