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 … 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


as Pearl Kantrowitz

as Walker Jerome

as Alison Kantrowitz

as Marty Kantrowitz

as Danny Kantrowitz

as Neil Leiberman

as Herb Fogler

as Mrs. Dymbort

as Rhoda Leiberman

as Eleanor Gelfand

as Norma Fogler

as Selma Levitsky

as Wendy Green

as Myra Naidell

as Ross Epstein

as Carl Applebaum

as Jeffrey Folger

as Sheldon Dymbort

as Shapiro, Sid

as Customer No. 1

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


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

This movie is about a woman who has second thoughts about her married life when she meets a handsome t-shirt salesman. A Walk on the Moon is a great movie which touches a lot of morality subjects that are super relevant to our society today. Today there are too many adult people acting like teenagers and letting themselves get sucked in to the vortex of the irresponsible and untied life. A part of maturing is realizing that you can't do whatever you want whenever you feel like it, you have to consider the people around you when you're making important decisions and you must not be reckless. I think this movie teaches some great lessons about immaturity and loyalty. It teaches about responsibilities and what happens if you abuse the responsibility you have. I love Liev Schreiber and Viggo Mortensen, and they're really bringing the best to this movie.

Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

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