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The Man in the Moon Details


In its elegiac nostalgia for the days of childhood innocence, Robert Mulligan's The Man in the Moon recalls another of Mulligan's earlier films, Robert Mulligan. Set in a Louisiana backwater town in the 1950s, the film chronicles the coming-of-age of a young teenage girl. Dani (Reese Witherspoon) is a fourteen-year-old girl who shares a room with her seventeen-year-old sister Maureen (Emily Warfield). During hot summer nights, they sleep on the screened-in back porch of their home, talking about romance, the future, and the meaning of life. Moving into the house next door is a handsome seventeen-year-old boy, Court Foster (Jason London). Court meets Dani at the local swimming hole and they are immediately attracted to each other; through Court, Dani experiences her first true and perfect love. But when Court meets Maureen, the sparks really fly and Maureen falls in love with him too. Now Maureen is torn between holding back her love for Court or accepting his love and betraying her sister. A tragic event makes Maureen's mind up for her. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:November 15, 1991


Sam Waterston
as Matthew Trant
Tess Harper
as Abigail Trant
Gail Strickland
as Marie Foster
Reese Witherspoon
as Dani Trant
Jason London
as Court Foster
Emily Warfield
as Maureen Trant
Bentley Mitchum
as Billy Saunders
Ernie Lively
as Will Sanders
Derek Ball
as Foster Twin
Dennis Letts
as Doc White
Shari Rhodes
Anna Chappell
as Mrs. Taylor


Robert Mulligan
Mark Rydell
Jenny Wingfield
Frank Norwood
Freddie Francis
James Newton Howard
Composer (Music Score)
Trudy Ship
William M. Elvin
Production Designer
Gene Callahan
Production Designer
Fredda Slavin
Art Director
Jane Bogart
Art Director
Jerry Grandey
Associate Producer
Bill Borden
Associate Producer
William S. Gilmore
Executive Producer
Shari Rhodes
Executive Producer
Jane Bogart
Set Designer
Larry Holt
John Moio
Jeremy London
Shari Rhodes