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

Cast

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

All Critics (3) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (2)

  • 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

  • Oct 01, 2012
    Great young person's story and a great story for anyone who has lived down south and misses it. 5 stars
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2012
    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 G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2011
    Alabama Moon is the perfect movie to gather the whole family together, Sitting around a nice, warm, crackling fireplace on the couch, Enjoying each other's company......... If you have a family.I notice I don't enjoy too many family movies anymore but I enjoyed this 1 from start to finish especially the big escape by bus.I was hoping that the kids wouldn't have been scared & had to go back but I guess all them kids being on the run wouldn't have been a good idea for the movie
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2011
    This movie like almost any movie is not without its flaws but what it lacks it makes it up with heart. This movie has that Disney feel or even nickelodeon but it seems that it wasn't and maybe that is why after the apparent flaws this movie has. It has to make up with a lot of heart but still doesn't quite get there. But don't get me wrong this movie lets itself be watched without much hassle and it does its purpose and entertains in a softer manner that what the story is really all about. A couple of characters or maybe even the actor's seems out of place or wrongfully casted and not very well developed. But the kids and John Goodman really make up for everything else. What can I say? It could have been so much better and bring such a serious theme to a higher level of movie. The story is pretty straightforward a kid living alone with his environmentalist father has to learn to go back to civilization once his dad dies of an infection of the leg. The kid goes into a jail for children were he makes his very first friends , bust out with them , fight the creepy sergeant who's always after him and learn to let go of the burden his late father had inflected upon him. After the unexpected death of his survivalist father, an eleven year old boy raised in the Alabama wilderness must learn how to make a home in the modern world. 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.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer

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