A Walk On The Moon (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA/Australia, 1999.  Miramax, Punch 21 Productions, Groucho Film PartnershipVillage Roadshow Pictures.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Marvelous directorial debut by actor Tony Goldwyn (Ghost) about a stifled New York housewife () who has an affair with a sexy hippie () while spending the summer of 1969 in the Catskills with her family. The historic moon landing by Neil Armstrong provides the perfect backdrop for a group of people reacting to a changing and growing world, and for this woman who married as a teenager thanks to an unexpected pregnancy, the need to re-examine the choices of her life is a strong one. Lane couldn’t be more enticing, intelligent and captivating in the lead role, and Goldwyn’s sure direction follows her about without ever losing grip of her emotional centre. is weak as Lane’s confused daughter, who is herself going through some pretty big changes thanks to puberty and Woodstock, but ‘s heartfelt performance as the abandoned husband and ‘s wise turn as the soothsayer grandmother are first-rate.

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