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A Walk On the Moon (1999)

Cast: Diane Lane, Diane Lane, Liev Schreiber, more...
Director: Tony Goldwyn, Tony Goldwyn
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Drama, Independent, Romance, Costume Drama/Period Piece
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

The personal turning points of a family in crisis are portrayed against the backdrop of one of America's most tumultuous summers in this drama. In 1969, Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane) is spending the summer at a resort in the Catskills. Married to TV repairman Marty (Liev Schreiber) and the mother of two children, respectably middle-class Pearl feels trapped by domestic life and inwardly lusts after a traveling salesman named Walker (Viggo Mortensen). When Marty is called back to the city one weekend, Pearl impulsively arranges to meet Walker at a music festival going on in nearby Bethel, New York -- The Woodstock Music and Art Fair. However, Pearl doesn't realize that her teenage daughter Alison (Anna Paquin) has secret plans of her own, and when mother and daughter meet in the midst of hippiedoms's most celebrated moment, both have a lot of explaining to do, to each other and to Marty. A Walk On The Moon was produced in part by Dustin Hoffman, and premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Betrayal and forgiveness by MKaliher December 8, 2008 - 9:23 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
When I first screened this film, I have to admit, it was because I wanted to see more of Diane Lane. But when I screened it some years later (after dumping it from my archive), I happily discovered it was a substantive B movie which happened to feature a rather attractive actress. What I initially thought was a puff piece exploiting the Woodstock Summer turned out to be a rather good film about betrayal and forgiveness, and the actor who I had least noticed in the first go-round turned out to be the one who actually carried the film -- the sign of a true professional.

While all the actors turned in good performances, this film demonstrates the difference a single great performance can make -- I'm talking here of the performance of Liev Schreiber. On my second screening of the film, it was obvious that Schreiber was the one who really tipped the scales, and turned what might well have been a mediocre film into a good one. Diane Lane, as much as I admire her, should thank him. Check it out. Give it an honest screening as a serious film, and you'll see what I mean. A lesser actor, and probably a more highly paid actor, might have quickly turned this into garbage. I mean, Who's going to notice? It's Hollywood, right? You take your five million a go merrily on your way. Schreiber -- based on his performance in this film alone -- is, quite simply, a fine screen actor.

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