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Full Moon in Blue Water (1988)

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Written by playwright Bill Bozzone, Full Moon in Blue Water stars Gene Hackman as Floyd, the owner of a small bar in a coastal Texas town. Floyd's emotional baggage is awesome: he has never recovered from the death of his wife, he is saddled with his senile father "The General" (Burgess Meredith), and creditors hound him at his fireside. Good-hearted bus driver Louise (Teri Garr) tries her best to offer moral and financial support, as does Floyd's right-hand man, former mental patient Jimmy (Elias Koteas). Strange and unexpected events follow, the upshot of which may leave Floyd even worse off than before.
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Cast

Teri Garr
as Louise Taylor
Burgess Meredith
as The General
Kevin Cooney
as Charlie
David Doty
as Virgil
Becky Gelke
as Dorothy
William Larsen
as Jack Hill
Mark Walters
as Johnny Gorman
Ed Geldart
as Man No. 1
Sharon Bunn
as Announcer
Brandon Smith (I)
as Talk-Show Guest
Sandra Zimmer
as Guest's Wife
Liz Williams
as Secretary
Ben Jones
as Digby
Billy Donahue
as Vocalist
Tiny Skaggs
as Stranger #1
Bill Johnson
as Stranger #2
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Critic Reviews for Full Moon in Blue Water

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Funny and appealing, this is the kind of quiet and assured Hollywood movie that used to be more common in the 50s; the local flavor is caught perfectly, and every member of the cast shines.

Full Review… | November 1, 2016
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Low-key stuff with an assortment of eccentric rednecks, probably better suited to the small screen.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

In spite of the participation of a number of talented people, Full Moon in Blue Water is almost as immediately forgettable as its title.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Quite simply, Hackman is the finest actor of his generation.

January 1, 2000
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Full Moon in Blue Water is such a likable film in so many little ways that you want to forgive it for being so bad in so many big ones.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The depressing and amateurish screenplay makes the lead character into a totally unsympathetic bozo.

August 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Full Moon in Blue Water

Hackman just raises this movie up to a better than average tale about these bunch of quirky lovable losers.

bill secor
bill secor
½

A lot of layback and unpleasantness with some good moments. The impression was given that the sun was never going to shine on Gene Hackman throughout the whole movie. In fact, the happiest thing is going on while the end credits roll. Blue Water is a town.

Alaine B
Alaine B

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