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It's sentimental, and some viewers may feel manipulated by the melodramatic final act, but The Man in the Moon offers a finely drawn coming-of-age story with an excellent cast -- including Reese Witherspoon in her film debut. Read critic reviews

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Maureen Trant (Emily Warfield) and her younger sibling Dani (Reese Witherspoon) share a strong connection, but local boy Court Foster (Jason London) threatens to throw their bond off balance. Dani and Court meet first and have a flirtatious rapport -- but when he meets Maureen, he falls hard and they begin a passionate affair. The new couple try to keep their love hidden from Dani, but she soon learns the truth, disavowing her sister. But a heartbreaking accident later reunites the girls.

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Sam Waterston
Matthew Trant
Tess Harper
Abigail Trant
Gail Strickland
Marie Foster
Reese Witherspoon
Danielle 'Dani' Trant
Jason London
Court Foster
Emily Warfield
Maureen Trant
Bentley Mitchum
Billy Sanders
Ernie Lively
Will Sanders
William S. Gilmore
Executive Producer
Shari Rhodes
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Freddie Francis
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Trudy Ship
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  • Sep 28, 2015
    Great story of first love and loss set in 1957. It is fun watching Reese Witherspoon acting at the age 14.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2013
    "The Man In The Moon" is a coming of age classic, if only for the brilliant performance that Reese Witherspoon pulls off in her introduction showing at the young age of 15. Dealing with normal young teen issues, Dani (Witherspoon) goes from a tomboy who swims naked in a nearby pond to a young girl with a crush on the new neighbor boy. You would be completely justified in comparing this film with fellow coming of age classic "My Girl", which also deals with bigger issues like tragic loss and the interior of a family system in their respected eras. Robert Mulligan produces an extremely memorable and highly emotional drama that has stuck with me throughout my life and brings back fond memories of growing through my teenage years. I am not have been a little tomboy girl, but the emotional growth is all the same.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2012
    Wonderful, heartwarming movie...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2012
    Reese Witherspoon in her very first movie and she gives us an early glimpse at what a great actress she is. This film is incredibly well-made, despite the shocking and extremely disappointing ending.
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