A Walk on the Moon

1999

A Walk on the Moon

Critics Consensus

An impressive showcase for Diane Lane and an assured debut from director Tony Goldwyn, A Walk on the Moon finds absorbing period drama within a family at a crossroads.

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71%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 10,008
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Movie Info

Tony Goldwyn's A Walk on the Moon is a wonderfully realized, nostalgic (if you are as old as I am) melodrama set during the summer of 1969. It is a time of change across America--sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll--and a historic year in the space program, but not everything is in upheaval. Pearl Katrowitz, a thirty-year-old Brooklyn housewife (Diane Lane), is spending the summer, as she has for the last decade, at Dr. Fleigel's Bungalow Colony in the Catskills. Along with her daughter, son, and mother-in-law, she waits dutifully for her husband's weekend visits, commuting from his job in New York City. The insularity of the camp is interrupted only by calls from the traveling salesman, the "ice cream man," "the knish man," or "the dress man." On one of these occasions, Pearl meets "the blouse man," Walker (Viggo Mortensen). Both hip and sexy, he is at first just casually friendly. But it rapidly becomes evident that the undercurrent of sexual tension won't disappear, and the steamy love affair that ensues changes the lives of everyone involved. With a tone that is romantic yet very authentic, Goldwyn creates a charmingly comic but intense love story that interweaves coming of age for Pearl's newly adolescent daughter with Pearl's own trek toward self-realization. Against the backdrop of Woodstock, and with Lane's complex, yet compelling, sexuality, Goldwyn's storytelling avoids the era's easy cliches to offer a memorable and satisfying look back at the time when change was in the air.

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Cast

Diane Lane
as Pearl Kantrowitz
Viggo Mortensen
as Walker Jerome
Anna Paquin
as Alison Kantrowitz
Liev Schreiber
as Marty Kantrowitz
Bobby Boriello
as Danny Kantrowitz
Stewart Bick
as Neil Leiberman
Jess Platt
as Herb Fogler
Mahee Paiment
as Mrs. Dymbort
Star Jasper
as Rhoda Leiberman
Ellen David
as Eleanor Gelfand
Lisa Bronwyn Moore
as Norma Fogler
Vicky Barkoff
as Selma Levitsky
Tamar Kozlov
as Wendy Green
Lisa Jakub
as Myra Naidell
Joseph Perrino
as Ross Epstein
Jesse LaVendel
as Carl Applebaum
James Liboiron
as Jeffrey Folger
Howard Rosenstein
as Sheldon Dymbort
Joel Miller
as Shapiro, Sid
Bill Brownstein
as Customer No. 1
Sam Gesser
as Customer No. 2
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Critic Reviews for A Walk on the Moon

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Audience Reviews for A Walk on the Moon

  • Jun 12, 2015
    Great acting in a drama about relationships - in 1969. Unfortunately, I remember those times, and I have spent holidays in camps like is featured in the movie. You really feel for the characters - and Diane Lane and Anna Paquin - mother and daughter - both struggle with love and sex this one summer.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2012
    This movie is about a woman who has second thoughts about her married life when she meets a handsome t-shirt salesman. A Walk on the Moon is a great movie which touches a lot of morality subjects that are super relevant to our society today. Today there are too many adult people acting like teenagers and letting themselves get sucked in to the vortex of the irresponsible and untied life. A part of maturing is realizing that you can't do whatever you want whenever you feel like it, you have to consider the people around you when you're making important decisions and you must not be reckless. I think this movie teaches some great lessons about immaturity and loyalty. It teaches about responsibilities and what happens if you abuse the responsibility you have. I love Liev Schreiber and Viggo Mortensen, and they're really bringing the best to this movie.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2010
    A Walk on the Moon takes the audience back to the days of Neil Armstrong moon landing, Woodchuck Generation and hippies and tells the story of Pearl (Diane Lane) and family who are on their annual summer stay at a Catskills resort. Life is pretty dull at the resort, and Pearl, who finds herself alone, gets depressed during the week while Marty goes back into the city to work. When a hippie salesman (the very appealing Viggo Mortensen) comes to the resort to sell blouses, she's drawn into an affair with him. The consequences of which will affect her marriage and family. Image and video hosting by TinyPic Diane Lane plays her character's central ambivalence masterfully and with a vulnerable sexuality that is utterly convincing while the talented and young Anna Paquin plays her 14th year old daughter and is riveting in her fumbling attempts at love and experimentation. Liev Schreiber was also great, too as the cuckolded husband trying to cope with his wife's changes; capturing the emotions of betrayal with just the right touch. Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic Image and video hosting by TinyPic
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2009
    Image and video hosting by TinyPic I liked the movie being set in the summer of 69 with combining the moon walk and the Woodstock festival . The movie was about a love affair of sexually frustrated housewife, played by Diane Lane (she was so outstanding in the role) and a salesman played by Viggo Mortensen, as the Blouseman. He gave her, her own walk on the moon, the chemistry between them was so convincing and so real. I recommend this movie to everyone.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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