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A Walk on the Moon (1999)



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Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon is a wonderfully realized, nostalgic (if you are as old as I am) melodrama set during the summer of 1969. It is a time of change across America--sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll--and a historic year in the space program, but not everything is in upheaval. Pearl Katrowitz, a thirty-year-old Brooklyn housewife (Diane Lane), is spending the summer, as she has for the last decade, at Dr. Fleigel's Bungalow Colony in the Catskills. Along with her daughter, son, and mother-in-law, she waits dutifully for her husband's weekend visits, commuting from his job in New York City. The insularity of the camp is interrupted only by calls from the traveling salesman, the "ice cream man," "the knish man," or "the dress man." On one of these occasions, Pearl meets "the blouse man," Walker (Viggo Mortensen). Both hip and sexy, he is at first just casually friendly. But it rapidly becomes evident that the undercurrent of sexual tension won't disappear, and the steamy love affair that ensues changes the lives of everyone involved. With a tone that is romantic yet very authentic, Goldwyn creates a charmingly comic but intense love story that interweaves coming of age for Pearl's newly adolescent daughter with Pearl's own trek toward self-realization. Against the backdrop of Woodstock, and with Lane's complex, yet compelling, sexuality, Goldwyn's storytelling avoids the era's easy cliches to offer a memorable and satisfying look back at the time when change was in the air.more
Rating: R (for sexuality, language and some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Pamela Gray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2001


Diane Lane
as Pearl Kantrowitz
Viggo Mortensen
as Walker Jerome
Anna Paquin
as Alison Kantrowitz
Liev Schreiber
as Marty Kantrowitz
Bobby Boriello
as Danny Kantrowitz
Stewart Bick
as Neil Leiberman
Jess Platt
as Herb Fogler
Mahee Paiment
as Mrs. Dymbort
Star Jasper
as Rhoda Leiberman
Ellen David
as Eleanor Gelfand
Lisa Bronwyn Moore
as Norma Fogler
Vicky Barkoff
as Selma Levitsky
Tamar Kozlov
as Wendy Green
Lisa Jakub
as Myra Naidell
Joseph Perrino
as Ross Epstein
Jesse LaVendel
as Carl Applebaum
James Liboiron
as Jeffrey Folger
Howard Rosenstein
as Sheldon Dymbort
Joel Miller
as Shapiro, Sid
Bill Brownstein
as Customer No. 1
Sam Gesser
as Customer No. 2
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Critic Reviews for A Walk on the Moon

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (15)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Mortensen as Lane's clandestine love interest is nothing but a symbol of beauty and freedom.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Romance novel material, albeit it gussied up in a handsome, well-made package.

Full Review… | December 20, 2004

Beautiful performances!

March 22, 2004
Roanoke Times (Virginia)

Audience Reviews for A Walk on the Moon


Great acting in a drama about relationships - in 1969. Unfortunately, I remember those times, and I have spent holidays in camps like is featured in the movie. You really feel for the characters - and Diane Lane and Anna Paquin - mother and daughter - both struggle with love and sex this one summer.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


an unexpected gem with a typically outstanding performance from Diane Lane.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]In "A Walk on the Moon", it is 1969 and Pearl(Diane Lane) and Marty Kantrowitz(Liev Schrieber), their children, Allison(Anna Paquin) and Daniel(Bobby Boniello), and Marty's mother(Tovah Feldshuh), are vacationing in the Catskills where they spend every summer. Marty who works as a television repairman tries to make it up there every weekend from New York City but cannot one time due to overwhelming demand at his shop in the days leading up to the moon landing. Left to her own devices, Pearl seeks the company of Walker(Viggo Mortensen), the handsome new blouse man...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"A Walk on the Moon" is a facile and one-sided take on such overly familiar themes as infidelity and thwarted dreams that wastes a very fine cast in the bargain. The only reason for setting the movie in 1969 is as a reaction against the personal and political liberation of the time. On the one hand, it dives head first into the cliches of the time(Woodstock but it does get points for mentioning the Mets) but also thankfully points out that not everybody back then were hippies.(My parents certainly were not, even if I am.)[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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