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Story

A jewel of a sleeper, The Man in the Moon comes off as a nearly perfect short story of two sisters' first competition in the field of love. In a 1950's small Louisiana farm town, 14-year-old Dani falls for Court, a 17-year-old engaging neighbor boy. The two become great friends, but Court is more interested in Dani's 17-year-old sister, Maureen, who is blossoming. Dani will look for any justification why she should be with Court, but as human law dictates, there is no cure for a 14-year-old with a crush.

The film is another winning portrayal of small-town adolescence from Robert Mulligan (To Kill A Mockingbird). His eye for casting is impeccable, with Sam Waterston and Tess Harper as the earnest parents and newcomer Jason London as the dreamy Court. The real find, though, is Reese Witherspoon as Dani. Her timeless work here is magical. The PG-13 rating is a bit heavy-handed--although the film does not shy away from its look at budding sensuality, or a horrific and emotional accident. Mature 10-year-olds may find one of their favorite films here. --Doug Thomas

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Sam WaterstonMatthew Trant
Tess HarperAbigail Trant
Gail StricklandMarie Foster
Reese WitherspoonDani Trant
Jason LondonCourt Foster
Emily WarfieldMaureen Trant
Ernie LivelyWill Sanders

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Robert Mulligan
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 99 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 15, 1991
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 9, 2001
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