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A Walk on the Moon
Directed by Tony Goldwyn
Produced by Jay Cohen
Tony Goldwyn
Lee Gottsegen
Dustin Hoffman
Neil Koenigsberg
Murray Schisgal
Written by Pamela Gray
Starring Diane Lane
Viggo Mortensen
Anna Paquin
Liev Schreiber
Music by Mason Daring
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Editing by Dana Congdon
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) April 2, 1999
Running time 107 min.

A Walk On The Moon is a 1999 drama film starring Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber and Anna Paquin. The movie, which was set against the backdrop of the Woodstock festival of 1969 and the moon landing of that year, was distributed by Miramax Films.

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Plot summary

Pearl Kantrowitz (Lane) and her husband Marty (Schreiber) are a lower middle class Jewish couple in New York City, where Marty is a television repairman. The movie begins with Pearl and Marty taking their two children, a young boy Danny (Boriello) and teenage girl Alison (Paquin) to a bungalow colony in the Catskills, where they go every year.

Pearl is becoming bored with her humdrum life. Marty is forced to work hard and can only come up on weekends. So Pearl is vulnerable when a young peddler, Walker Jerome (Mortensen), arrives in his old bus to sell blouses. He is a free-spirited hippie. They begin to become involved romantically, with the affair consummated on the night men land on the moon for the first time, July 20, 1969.

Marty's mother (Tovah Feldshuh), who is staying with them, gets wind of the affair and tries to persuade Pearl to break it off. The affair continues and when Marty can't get up to visit on the weekend because of the traffic jam caused by Woodstock Woodstock festival, which is within walking distance of the bungalow colony, Pearl goes to the festival, and unbeknownst to her, her daughter goes as well and observes Pearl carousing with the blouse man while half undressed.

Marty learns of the affair and confronts Pearl while Alison confronts her mother in an emotional state. Pearl is forced to deal with her love of her family and her conflicting yearning for freedom.

Pearl finally makes her decision and tells Walker she can't go away with him. He understands. The final scene shows Pearl and Marty dancing together, first to When You're Smiling and then to a Jimi Hendrix song. The world has definitely changed.

Music

"More ('Ti guardero nel cuore')" -- Bobby Darin

"The Name Game" -- Lincoln Chase and Shirley Elliston

"Danke Schoen" -- Wayne Newton

"Wishin' & Hopin'" -- Dusty Springfield

"Ripple" -- The Grateful Dead

"For Your Love" -- The Yardbirds

"Sunlight" -- The Youngbloods

"Summertime" -- Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company)

"Sally Go Round the Roses" -- The Great Society

"Today" -- Jefferson Airplane

"Embryonic Journey" -- Jefferson Airplane

"Kiss of Fire" -- Georgia Gibbs

"Cactus Tree" -- Joni Mitchell

"Who Knows Where the Time Goes" -- Judy Collins

"Town Without Pity" -- Gene Pitney & Mandy Barnett

"Uncle John's Band" -- The Grateful Dead

"Crimson & Clover" -- Tommy James and the Shondells

"Freedom" -- Richie Havens

"The Fish Cheer" -- Country Joe McDonald

"I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag" -- Country Joe McDonald

"Subterranean Homesick Blues" -- Bob Dylan

"White Bird" -- It's a Beautiful Day

"Israelites" -- Desmond Dekker

"When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)" -- Dean Martin

"Purple Haze" -- Jimi Hendrix

"Follow" -- Richie Havens

"Helplessly Hoping" -- Crosby, Stills, Nash, And Young

"Crystal Blue Persuasion" -- Tommy James and the Shondells

Critical reception

The movie received a generally favorable reception among critics. The Rotten Tomatoes website found that 72% of critics gave the film a positive review.

Entertainment Weekly ranked it #9 on their "50 Sexiest Movies Ever" poll.[1]

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