Alabama Moon

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Eleven-year-old Moon Blake has spent most of his life hiding out in the forests of Alabama with his father, an anti-government radical who clings to conspiracy theories and trusts no one. Moon's life suddenly changes when the land is sold and his father dies. Knowing only what he learned from his father, Moon decides to follow his last instructions; make your way to Alaska where "people could still make a living off trapping." In the path of civilization, Moon quickly lands himself in a reform school where he meets the mean-spirited Constable Sanders and learns what friendship is all about. Determined to get to Alaska, he and his new friends escape from the school outwitting Constable Sanders each step of the way. "Alabama Moon" is a classic kid's film (based on the novel by Watt Key), complete with adventure and survival that most kids only dream about. -- (C) Official Site

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Jimmy Bennett
as Moon Blake
Gabriel Basso
as Hal Mitchell
Clint Howard
as Constable Sanders
John Goodman
as Mr. Wellington
J.D. Evermore
as Oliver 'Pap' Blake
Elizabeth Jackson
as Rachael Gene
John McConnell
as Mr. Mitchell
Kenny McLean
as Officer Pete
Lenore Banks
as Mrs. Broomstead
Mark Adam
as Uncle Mike
Walter Breaux
as Mr. Carter
Gary Grubbs
as Judge Mackin
Peter J. Gabb
as George Albroscotto
Cy Thompson
as Younger Boy #1
Sean Cunningham
as Younger Boy #2
Chase McDaniel
as Older Boy
John Wilmot
as Old Man
Shannon Maris
as Receptionist
Tammi Arender
as TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Alabama Moon

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  • ALABAMA MOON is big-hearted and sweet and likable, but it also feels rushed and truncated, as well as uneven in tone.

    Jun 3, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • At every step, director Tim McCanlies grinds the gears in his earnest, but ultimately clunky, adaptation.

    May 13, 2011 | Rating: 2/4
  • Big-hearted, inspirational and forgivably contrived with just the right amount of poignancy, excitement and comic relief to keep older and younger audiences captivated.

    Mar 20, 2011 | Rating: 7.85321/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alabama Moon

Great young person's story and a great story for anyone who has lived down south and misses it. 5 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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An adventure for the boy in all of us. Just an OK family movie! Alabama Moon is a lovable movie, as long as you can remember what's being a child and dreaming about a grand forest adventure, living off nature, standing by yourself, dodge bullies, defy all odds and make some great friends in the process. I can't say I liked or hated the film, but to me it was just very normal, didn't really excited me in any way and sometimes bored me. But no matter what the film is well made and highly recommended for kids to see. The 11-year-old son of a reclusive anti-government extremist finds his life upended after his father dies suddenly, leaving the untamed boy to fend for himself alone in the wilderness. Moon Blake's father never trusted a soul. A paranoid loner, he raised his young son in the deep woods, teaching him everything he needed to be completely self-sufficient. When his father suffers a mortal injury, Moon sets his sights on Alaska. His journey is cut short, however, when a hard-hearted policeman has him shipped off to reform school. There, with the help of his newfound friends, Moon plans his big escape while learning the one lesson that his father could never teach him: no man is an island. Alabama Moon was based on the book by Watt Key.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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Nice little family film that should appeal to parents and kids under the age of 12. Clean language, Christian values and Clint Howard.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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Cast: John Goodman, Jimmy Bennett, Clint Howard, Gabriel Basso, Gary Grubbs, Uriah Shelton, J.D. Evermore, Annalise Basso Director: Tim McCanlies Summary: Escaping from reform school and returning to the forest where he was raised by his survivalist father, 11-year-old Moon Blake and two pals dodge the law and live off the land. But soon Moon begins to question his prejudices against the outside world. My Thoughts: "A great adventure movie for the kids. They rooted for Moon, Kit, and Hal all through the movie. Although the film feels like a clean cut Disney flick, the movie does have a bit more of an intense story line. The movie shows how some of the choices parents make effect their children. There was laughter and tears. In the end, a good movie for the whole family."


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