Box of Moonlight (1997)



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In this quirky fable, the unexpected onset of a middle-age crisis leads a rigidly punctual electrical engineer to a timeless place where he learns that there is indeed life without deadlines. Al Fountain's (John Turturro) epiphany comes while he is overseeing the construction of a windshield-wiper plant in Drip Rock, Tennessee. Rigid, hyper-punctual (his wife in New York could set her watch by the consistently precise timing of his nightly phone calls) and humorless, Al wins no friends among the crewmen. One day he overhears them feeling a little sorry for him for being such a stiff. Soon after, he finds a gray hair in his comb. Then, in his hotel room, he begins having frightening visions of the world moving in reverse. Still he conceals his inner turmoil until his job is abruptly cancelled. Without really knowing why, he decides to remain in Drip Rock for a while and so lets his wife believe that everything's okay. One day, he helps a stranded motorist named The Kid (Sam Rockwell). He asks Al to tow his car to his strange and colorful trailer in the woods where The Kid invites him to stay. The free-form, undisciplined Kid proves to be Al's opposite, but still the two forge a friendship that changes Al's life.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Comedy , Drama
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John Turturro
as Al Fountain
Sam Rockwell
as The Kid
Catherine Keener
as Floatie Dupre
Lisa Blount
as Purlene Dupre
Annie Corley
as Deb Fountain
Ray Aranha
as Soapy
Alexander Goodwin
as Bobby Fountain
Reathel Bean
as Luvven Coddle
Betty Wills Stephens
as Wynelle Coddle
Linda Libby
as Curious Waitress
Ernest R. Ogg
as Motel Clerk
Gary Lowery
as Earl Sykes
Bodi Soham
as Willard Snarp
Stuart Greer
as Stinky
John E. Davis
as Sheriff
Gene Patterson
as Male Newscaster
Kristin Hoke
as Female Newscaster
Buddy Landel
as Uncle Samson
Chaz Warrington
as Castroater
Glenn Ruth
as Saddam Insane
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Critic Reviews for Box of Moonlight

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Box of Moonlight

A long slow payoff about an unlikable guy just is not worth the investment....boy was Turturro's character annoying.

bill secor
bill secor

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Love Sam Rockwell. Did not love this film. John Turturro's character was on my nerves from the get go. I personally don't see how one weekend spent with a free spirit can change a man's whole outlook on life. His poor, suffering wife and child seemed RELIEVED he was away from home. I can't blame them. I have to say I could feel no kinship with the main character, and the movie just seemed pointless to me.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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