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      A Walk on the Moon

      R Released Jan 29, 1999 1h 47m Drama List
      73% Tomatometer 37 Reviews 71% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Unfulfilled housewife Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane) suffers in quiet misery as the tumultuous events of the summer of 1969 unfold on the surface of her television screen. But, when Kantrowitz invites hunky traveling salesman Walker Jerome (Viggo Mortensen) into the safety of her living room for the live broadcast of the historic moon landing, they begin a passionate affair that threatens to destroy her marriage to her straight-laced high school sweetheart, Marty (Liev Schreiber). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      An impressive showcase for Diane Lane and an assured debut from director Tony Goldwyn, A Walk on the Moon finds absorbing period drama within a family at a crossroads.

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      Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel There's a good, solid story here, even if it isn't quite told in the proper order. And the actors do a lot with their roles. Rated: 3/5 Jul 13, 2023 Full Review Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: B- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 19, 2002 Full Review Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review Rated: 3/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Mortensen as Lane's clandestine love interest is nothing but a symbol of beauty and freedom. May 26, 2006 Full Review Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com Romance novel material, albeit it gussied up in a handsome, well-made package. Rated: 2.5/4 Dec 20, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Sar B A brilliant subtle movie with great nuanced performances from all the actors, from the leads to the co-stars to the cameos. A must see for adults. Great movie to watch with someone you're in love with. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/13/23 Full Review Tony Z Diane Lane quietly answering "Yes," to her husband's damning questions, expressing in equal parts shame and newly acquired selfhood, was an astonishing scene. Here's to the cast of a drama which leaves fresh prints on well-trodden ground, sharpened by the microscope the family finds itself under in the summer camp milieu. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/13/23 Full Review Lisa M It's a wonderful story of a young mother who never had a chance for have any idea what she missed out on since she was married n had her first child at17. Her husband is always working hard and doesn't know how to give her attention. I believe she loved Walker but she doesn't want to separate her children so she makes things work out with her husband Marty. Good ending but sad because I think she fell in love with Walker. Timeless movie. I'd give it 10 ⭐️ Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/25/23 Full Review John K Yes, the acting was good.... The storyline royally sucked. The wife screws around and the husband has to leave his life? Wasn't it her choice to break all vows? Screen writers screw up, yet again. She chose to leave the relationship... She would leave...without anything pertaining to said relationship. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/20/23 Full Review Anthony P Underrated movie. It captures the late 60s / early 70s perfectly. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/28/22 Full Review tina m If you aren't a baby boomer (someone born in the U.S. in the years immediately after World War II), you might think this movie is merely a "chick flick" or a "Harlequin romance," or just a story about an restless housewife. But if you actually were a teenager in the U.S. during this era (as I was), the movie is an attempt at an explanation of what the nation experienced. I think this story is about the huge social change in the U.S. that occurred from the 1950's on. Something happened in the 1960's that changed things a lot; some may say for better; others may say for worse. Part of that was "sexual liberation." (Note that the bearing of one breast was an iconic gesture historically indicating freedom from slavery.} Certainly, the next generation of women would be more than housewives and enter many careers. The backdrop to all this turmoil was the Vietnam War that was raging, but this is going on far away and isn't touched upon in the movie. The mystery of the two Kennedys' assassinations and the Civil Rights Movement plus experimentation of drugs is also not in the movie. But this movie shows that the sea change in social mores ultimately affected almost everyone, even the most solid, conservative strata of society. The title A Walk on the Moon is appropriate because the moon is a symbol for romantic love and for change. Also the astronauts visit to the moon was brief, never to be repeated again. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Unfulfilled housewife Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane) suffers in quiet misery as the tumultuous events of the summer of 1969 unfold on the surface of her television screen. But, when Kantrowitz invites hunky traveling salesman Walker Jerome (Viggo Mortensen) into the safety of her living room for the live broadcast of the historic moon landing, they begin a passionate affair that threatens to destroy her marriage to her straight-laced high school sweetheart, Marty (Liev Schreiber).
      Director
      Tony Goldwyn
      Producer
      Jay Cohen, Tony Goldwyn, Lee Gottsegen, Dustin Hoffman, Neil Koenigsberg, Murray Schisgal
      Distributor
      Miramax Films
      Production Co
      Punch Productions
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 29, 1999, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 18, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $4.7M
      Runtime
      1h 47m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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