Moonrise (1948)



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All of his life, Danny Hawkins (Dane Clark) has been taunted and mistreated by most of the people around him, enduring innumerable beatings and other humiliations as a boy because his father was a murderer who died on the gallows. He finds it not much better as an adult, living with his aunt in the small Virginia town of Woodville -- especially when he is contending for the attentions of young schoolteacher Gilly Johnson (Gail Russell) with his boyhood tormentor Jerry Sykes (Lloyd Bridges), … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Theodore Strauss, Charles S. Haas, Charles F. Haas
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as Danny Hawkins

as Gilly Johnson

as Clem Otis

as Mose

as Billy Scripture

as Billy Scripture

as Ken Williams

as Aunt Jessie

as Jimmy Biff

as Judd Jenkins

as Uncle Joe Jingle

as Jerry Sykes

as Elmer

as Miss Simpkins

as Ed Conlon

as Homer Blackstone

as Man in Black

as Martha Otis

as Barker

as Baseball Attendant

as Danny (age 7)

as Danny (age 13)

as Jerry (age 7)

as Jerry (age 13)

as Ticket Seller
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Critic Reviews for Moonrise

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Boston Globe
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Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Parte noir, parte melodrama, o filme funciona como estudo de personagens e conto de moralidade, mas se enfraquece sempre que se entrega ao água-com-açúcar entre o conturbado protagonista e a mocinha.

November 24, 2006
Cinema em Cena

A compromised film noir, due to themes of redemption and a happy ending, the newly restored Moonrise merits attention for it visual and sound elements, particularly stylized b/w cinematography of John Russell, who in 1960 shot Hitchcock's Psycho.

Full Review… | January 12, 2006

Audience Reviews for Moonrise


Would have been more aptly titled Mood Rise this noirish drama is all brooding dark places and melancholy thoughts. A first rate cast convey the proper emotions, Gail Russell's liquid haunted eyes are particularly used to good effect but Dane Clark's main character's tortured actions make him frequently hard to root for. The cinematography is wonderfully evocative perhaps one of the best shot noir films out there. The opening scene is great in setting the tone for the rest of the film.

jay nixon

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