Shoot the Moon
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After fifteen years of marriage, an affluent couple divorce and take up with new partners.
Two big-scaled performances fuel this bleak study of a marriage falling apart, a look at how two intelligent, civilized people can become children again when it comes to divorce. Albert Finney is a blustering writer who's found a younger woman (Karen Allen); Diane Keaton is the bewildered wife who falls into the arms of a younger man (Peter Weller), a contractor around the house. This might be comedy rather than tragedy were it not for the presence of the couple's three daughters, the oldest of whom (Dana Hill) holds a particular grudge against her father. This material was considered something of a change of pace for director Alan Parker, who'd worked in a slicker, noisier vein before (Midnight Express and Fame, for instance). Actually, Parker brings his usual over-determined approach, so the feel of the film is closer to a beautifully staged TV commercial than a searing Ingmar Bergman movie. Bo Goldman's script is heartfelt, but there doesn't seem to be much going on beneath the surface of this familiar saga. The performances by Finney and Keaton are expert, chivvying in whatever subtlety they can manage within Parker's overbearing world. The ending almost feels like a throwback to a certain strain of 1960s British cinema, and certainly doesn't let anybody--including the viewer--off the hook. --Robert Horton
- Commentary by Alan Parker and Bo Goldman
- Theatrical trailer
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Diane Keaton and Albert Finney play the husband and wife in "Shoot the Moon", and they are both absolutely superb. Ditto for Dana Hill, the actress playing their oldest child (very tragically, this very talented actress died in 1996 due to complications from diabetes). This film is so realistic, and the acting, all the way around, is so natural. The soundtrack offers a nice throwback to the '70's as well (Bob Segar, etc.). Also watch for a young Tracey Gold, who would later star in "Growing Pains" and a younger Tina Yothers, who would later star in "Family Ties". I highly recommend this film....a very good story and great acting together provide for a thoroughly enjoyable cinematic experience.
Albert Finney and Diane Keaton star as the Dunlaps, a successful Marin County-living couple whose marriage falls apart. Dana Hill portrays Sherry, the oldest of their four daughters (a very young Tracey Gold, Tina Yothers and Viveka Davis round out the other children).
Sherry is old enough to see what is happening, but too young to handle the aftermath. I believe that a Washington Post critic at the time, said Ms. Hill's portrayal was the finest adolescent dramatic performance ever filmed. One would be hard pressed to argue that point.
Keaton and Finney were both nominated for Golden Globes. For the amazing dramatic peformances alone, this is a must-see. For the dead-on interpretation of the effects of divorce on the family dynamic, do yourself a favor and pick up this DVD.
The writer, Bo Goldman, just nails this story and I have no doubt from personal experience. Everything is nuanced and pitch-perfect to anyone who has come from parents who separated while they were young.
If you, or a friend, are in the process of leaving your spouse and kids, watch this movie first. You should know the other side of your decision.
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