Escanaba in da Moonlight

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A family of hunters in Michigan deals with the eldest son (Jeff Daniels) who has never shot his own deer.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Daniels
Reuben Soady
Harve Presnell
Albert Soady
Wayne David Parker
Jimmer Negominee
Joey Albright
Remnar Soady , Porcelain Bus Dancer
Sandra Birch
Joe Berry's Sister , Porcelain Bus Dancer
James Porterfield
Alphonse Soady
Christopher H. Carothers
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T. Dominic Cochran
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Gary B. Goldman
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Gary B. Goldman
Second Unit Director
Eric A. Pot
Second Assistant Director
Steve Curran
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Critic Reviews for Escanaba in da Moonlight

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (3)

  • Its repellent collection of yokels and its obsession with urine and flatulence make it less a cinematic valentine to the Upper Midwest than a giant clump of feces hurled in its direction.

    January 24, 2018 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
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  • Escanaba, as directed by Guy Sanville, proceeds at a fast clip, with all acting excellent (as usual at the Purple Rose).

    January 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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    June 25, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Stamp is so funny as the dim bulb brother Remnar, and Cain's Reuben is hapless in a deer blind but wants a buck so badly you can truly relate to him and his quest.

    January 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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    August 11, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • The performances are zesty and consistently enjoyable, with everyone having a high old time speaking in an accent as thick and heavy as a slab of Mackinac Island fudge.

    June 9, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Escanaba in da Moonlight

  • Aug 05, 2011
    It might not be necesaary to be familiar with the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where "Escanaba in Da Moonlight" is set to enjoy the movie's offbeat charms but it couldn't hurt. For example, you don't have to have eaten a pasty before, except that you are missing something delicious.(The last one I had was a few years ago, just south of The Bridge.) But you should know at least about the fishing and hunting(plenty of the former when I was a kid but none of the latter thankfully) there. So, you might understand the plight of Rueben Soady(Jeff Daniels, who also wrote and directed), having never shot a buck in his 43 years much to his personal and familial embarrassment. In fact, his wife, Wolf Moon Dance(Kimberly Guerrero), has always been a much better hunter but is not invited along to the annual hunting lodge. Who are invited are Rueben's dad, Albert(Harve Presnell), and brother, Remnar(Joey Albright), and a lot of whiskey. Jimmer(Wayne David Parker), who reportedly had his brain scrambled by extraterrestrials and not alcohol, makes a sudden appearance.(For some odd reason, I have no problem with the belief that the Upper Peninsula is haunted by UFO's.) In the end, lessons are learned, like if you are a buck, never get too close to an outhouse. And regardless of what species you are, never name your son Remnar.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2011
    A 42-year old man must bag a buck during this year's deer season or he'll be the oldest male in the history of his family never to have done so; with the help of a potion and porcupine urine supplied by his Native American wife, he goes on a vision quest and finds God as well as a ten pointer. Set in the upper Michigan peninsula, the movie tries too hard to get laughs out of the local dialect and customs; star/writer/director Jeff Daniels has a ton of ideas, but unfortunately most of them don't work out.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2007
    A really disappointing movie. The first half hour of the movie was hilarious, but when the side story of the UFO and the character of Jimmers came into the story, it just became a mess. Oh, did I hate the UFO storyline. Joey Albright though was quite a surprise as I found myself laughing at him several times. Not the best acted either as well. I guess I was expecting so much more from this, but it just wasn;t as good as I thought it was going to be.
    Ken D Super Reviewer

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