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Although its tale of marital crisis unfolds a bit too cleanly, A Walk on the Moon--which was coproduced by Dustin Hoffman--offers a welcome relief from the juvenile assault of skull-throbbing blockbusters. The story is gently involving, the characters are authentic, and, best of all, Diane Lane is given a chance to show why she's one of the most genuine and underrated actresses of her generation. Here she plays Pearl Kantrowitz, a devoted housewife on a routine vacation in the Catskills with her TV repairman husband Marty (Liev Schreiber), 14-year-old daughter (Anna Paquin), and rambunctious younger son (Tovah Feldshuh).

It's the summer of 1969. Neil Armstrong has made his "one small step for man," Woodstock is about to happen nearby (leading to a barely plausible dramatic coincidence), and while her husband is away on business, Pearl is cautiously receptive to the seductions of "the blouse man" (Viggo Mortensen), a hippie salesman who offers the adventure and passion that Pearl sacrificed to young pregnancy and marriage. Once the stage for infidelity is set, A Walk on the Moon progresses predictably, but first-time screenwriter Pamela Gray stays true to the emotions of her characters, and actor Tony Goldwyn (making a smooth directorial debut) maintains precisely the right tone to downplay most of the movie's dramatic clich¨¦s. Add to this a sharp dynamic between Lane and Paquin, whose performances create a substantial mother-daughter relationship. Graced by stolen moments and fleeting expressions that speak volumes, this unassuming little film is eminently worthwhile. --Jeff Shannon

Dustin Hoffman presents Diane Lane (MURDER AT 1600, JACK), Liev Schreiber (SPHERE, SCREAM I&II), and Viggo Mortensen (A PERFECT MURDER, THE LORD OF THE RINGS) in a provocative and sensual story about one woman's personal sexual revolution! It's the summer of 1969 and Pearl (Lane) is spending yet another vacation with her family when she realizes that the freedom of the times is passing her by. Following a chance meeting with a sexy, free-spirited young man (Mortensen), Pearl is soon doing the unthinkable: having a daring, passionate affair! Also starring Academy Award(R)-winner Anna Paquin (Best Supporting Actress, THE PIANO, 1993; SHE'S ALL THAT) in a powerful motion picture that's been called one of the year's best -- Pearl must ultimately decide between the love of her husband and children ... or the lure of her newfound desires!

Customer Reviews:

  • Diane Lane...chronically unfaithful?
    Maybe it's just some quirk of fate that I seem to have watched so many films where Diane Lane was playing basically the same role -- the seemingly happily married housewife who has a hot n' sexy love affair and then returns to her loving and basically decent husband. The most famous of these is obviously "Unfaithful", for which she justifiably won an Oscar. But Ms. Lane had a lot of practice, because she did two nearly identical roles just a couple years before "Unfaithful"...little known indies. One is "Gunshy" where her hottie lover is CSIs William Petersen...the other is this movie, "Walk on the Moon" with LOTRs Viggo Mortensen.

    So if you dug Diane Lane in "Unfaithful", here is another shot to see her in basically the same situation and expressing much of the same emotion. What is it about this actress that just screams to casting directors "Cheatin' spouse"? I have no idea...Ms. Lane is a good actress, with a nice look of faded prettiness, like a slightly over the hill cheerleader, and I liked her work in "Unfaithful" very much. But there she was playing a rich waspy housewife...here we are expected to accept her blonde patrician looks as a working class Jewish housewife from 1960s Brooklyn. Sorry, this does not fly. Diane Lane is the antithesis of such a character...she's physically all wrong (the attempt to give her "kinky" wavy dark hair is particularly off base) and she is not Meryl Streep with the accent, so it comes off forced and awkward...she goes in and out of dialect. (She has the same problem in "Gunshy", where she is supposed to be New Jersey mobster's gun moll.)

    There is a potentionally interesting story here in the parallel between the mother's sexual awakening with her hippie lover and her 14 year old daughters sexual awakening, but the daughter (the very talented Anna Paquin from "The Piano") and her story are severely short-shifted in order to give maximum screen time to Lane and Mortensen. Viggo Mortensen, who comes off very wooden here although he's awesomely handsome, is basically fulfilling the part of "bimbo boyfriend". (Oh well, it's fair enough when women get so many bimbo roles in the movies.) There is certainly no sign of the Aragorn to come, because he's so vague, unfocused and bland that he basically registers as having no personality...this makes it very clear that he's just a sexy body for Pearl (Lane) to screw.

    That leaves Liev Shrieber, the husband, as the sole sympathetic character and he does well with it. The story cuts out early enough that the audience doesn't have to deal with what will certainly be chapter two -- the bitter residue that an affair leaves even when both parties promise to forgive and forget. (And would you want to be Liev Shreber trying to compete with your wife's sexy memories of Viggo Mortensen?)

    The background of a Jewish family summer camp in the Catskills is interesting but this was much better done in "Dirty Dancing". The real lame spot in this movie is the attempt to have the mother & lover meet up with the daughter & boyfriend at Woodstock. Actually the whole plot and setting is contrived around this point, i.e., that hippie Woodstock was actually held in the vicinity of these tacky family vacation camps. Obviously being a low budget indie, there is no ability to recreate ANYTHING about the crowds, bands, atmosphere, rain, mud or period ambiance of Woodstock...it would strain the abilities of a big budget film. So it's kinda embarassing to see them even try. It takes whatever credibility we have given the situation and basically blows it. It might have worked better and been cleverer just to have the characters talk about having BEEN at Woodstock, rather than trying to show something so enormous on such a tiny budget.(...)

    Utlimately, this comes across as a sort of Lifetime TV movie and I don't mean that in a good sense. There are lots of interesting intentions here that don't work, and a LOT of excruciating dialogue between the characters...the kind that I imagine sends most male viewers to the fridge for a beer. This isn't a movie that your husband or boyfriend will enjoy or even tolerate.

    Pretty much just a chance to pant over Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen a couple years before they became big stars and not a whole lot else. A very forgettable and slow paced film....more info

  • Tony Goldwyns directing debut is good but not that good
    Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Murder At 1600) plays Pearl, a married mother with 2 kids and a working husband and a devoted mother. Lane and family got to camp but Lane's husband, Liev Schrieber(Scream 1,2,3, Spring Foward), has too work all the time so he cant be there all the time. Lane get's lonely, so when the new "blouse man", played by Aragorn, no I mean Viggo Mortensen (A Perfect Murder, Albino Alligator) comes to camp, she starts to fall for his good looks and his blouses (tee-hee)and she does end up sleeping with the man. Meanwhile, her hormonal daughter, Anna Paquin (X-Men 1,2), starts to gets signs of becoming a woman. Viggo and Lane's passion becomes more and Lane's mother finds out she is schtupping the blouse man. Her husband, Schrieber finds out and that's when it starts to become intense. A little bit slice of life, a little big of family problems, spun together into a directing debut for Tony Goldwyn (Kiss The Girls, Ghost) which can only goes so far but doesnt happen for me. I expected Schrieber to fight Viggo and Viggo takes out his LOTR sword, jumps on Hidalgo and kills Schrieber but he doesnt. Though, can you tell me if there is any women out there that would not have an affair with Viggo Mortensen? I stand corrected. Julie Kavnar (Marge Simpson on the Simpsons) is unbilled but you dont see her but you hear her voice (she's the woman who talks threw the camp's speakers) ...more info
  • Ms. Romantic
    I love Love Stories, even when they don't always turn out the way you'd like. I remember what I was doing during the time frame in which this story took place. It was a happy time for me and I enjoyed this movie on two levels for that reason. ...more info
  • remember Woodstock!
    This movie is a must see........The soundtrack is great! YOu will fall in love with the blouseman....more info
  • what I ordered.
    I got the title I ordered and it is fine. However I received two of the same title and I only wanted one. I notice I was also billed for two. Can I sent one copy back and get another movie?...more info
  • Bad Movie
    I did not like this film at all. The acting was alright, but this story has been told many times before. For a more realistic view of issues facing families during that time, watch the tv show, "The Wonder Years." At least that show will make you think and you can identify with the characters....more info
  • One of the favorite and between the best of Diane Lane
    One of the favorite movies of the 90's and between the best of Diane Lane, which introduce her with other movies as one of most sexy actress of her generation. The movie itself is strong and emotional....more info
  • A Married Woman's Fantasy
    Here we are in 2002 and I have only seen A Walk On The Moon for the very first time. What brought me to see this film was I recently became a new fan of Viggo Mortensen, when I saw The Lord Of The Rings. A Walk On The Moon is a wonderful, sad movie. You want Diane Lane's charater, Pearl to throw caution to the wind and run away with this beautiful man that sets your heart on fire. Yet when you see the strong family ties you know she will ultimately do the right thing. Viggo Mortensen is a very talanted actor who has chemistry with anyone he plays opposite. I could not take my eyes off of his beauty, yet, his acting is so real. This movie is a gem and a keeper!...more info
  • Great movie
    This movie has been making rounds at my hospital for two years....all of "us nurses" love it...Viggo Mortensen is gorgeous....I of course was disappointed with the ending...but this is a great romantic movie...more info
  • Oh, Viggo!
    Everyone has GOT to meet the "Blouse Man"!...more info
  • Best romantic scene ever!
    I never heard of this film until a friend suggested we watch it. I was blown away by the acting but even more blown away by the romantic scene between Pearl and The 'blouse man'. I think the director and actors captured what many women would love to experience for themselves. Simply beautiful and erotic without any sleeze or silliness....more info
  • Great Actors but Middling Script
    There are many similarities between this movie and the first Dirty Dancing movie. Both involve up-tight, conservative families off for a summer of fun in a New Yorky style getaway location. Both involve a female visitor becoming fond of a male worker who is much more laid back and free. Where Dirty Dancing focussed just on the young girl and how she 'became a woman', this movie focusses on the mom (Diane Lane) and how she 'regains her childhood'.

    The beginning of the movie is sort of clunky, setting the stage. The family with unappreciative kids. The husband who has become boring - he doesn't even want or understand a desire to try new sexual positions. He doesn't want to talk about what is going on at work or make waves there asking for more time off. The mom sees her daughter finding a voice, flirting with guys, doing all the things she missed out on herself. They set this up rather stick-figuredly, but I get and understand the general gist. Woman trapped in her role. See the Hours movie.

    Then along comes the 'blouse man', Viggo. I have a big issue with how they managed this relationship. Viggo is a friendly hippy who sells blouses to the Jewish resort inhabitants. He's equally friendly to everyone. Sure, the mom craves affection. Sure, Viggo talks to her 2 or 3 times. But then she calls him up for sex - and he shows up to be her 'back door man' without a blink? He brings her right into his back room and, even though she's talking loudly about her family and obviously having second thoughts, all he says is "want me to stop?" It was very artificial feeling. And almost immediately we are launched into montages of them having sex everywhere - in streams, in dales, in fields. Sure, he gets her to jump into the water. But it really seems to be all about sex.

    I'm all for sex, I think sex is great. But I think it really diminishes the story. The story began as a mom who was accused of "having no causes" and who missed out on her childhood of flirting. So as a result she goes out for lots of sex with a guy whose name she doesn't even know until they're halfway into it? Then then crank it into overdrive with a sequence of bizarre coincidences. The daughter, running off to Woodstock (which is very poorly replicated), sees her half naked mom kissing Viggo. Later, the mom is off chatting with Viggo when her young son is almost slain by wasps, and of course Viggo shows up to take care of the kid. And we top off with the contrived-and-tense scene of the betrayed dad having to thank Viggo for that work.

    I think contrived is really the word that comes to mind for most of this. There are some really meaningful nuggets in here - the talk that mom and daughter finally have, where they both become more human for a while. The fact that the daughter wants to be "the wild teenager" and needs the mom to be a stable force in her life, even while the daughter says she hates the mom. The dad's hurt anger at being betrayed, and the fact that he has in fact been very disappointed with his life as well but did not act out as a result. The environment is also very realistic - I remember those styles of cabins, those types of pillows and decorations. The over-use of Yiddish sayings was a little much, but they were trying to bludgeon it into our heads that this was an ethnic group of people.

    Even more contrived is the finale. The movie was very Hollywood - there really was little doubt that this is how it would end up.

    On the positive side, the soundtrack here is just AMAZING and right on. Diane really does a good job with the script she was given, on showing the pulls and tugs in her life, her attempts to have something more and how she is pushed back into place at each turn. To be fair, the husband does say near the end that she COULD have pushed harder if she really wanted to, to make her needs known. But she was pushing hard already and was in return being pushed down into place. Is he really saying that it's her own fault for not pushing *really* hard? Isn't that what she in fact did with Viggo, just pushed hard for something she wanted? In any case, you do see that angst and desire for fun and desire to do the right thing all conflicting within Diane.

    How about Viggo? Again, this script didn't really give him much to work with. How many lines does he really get? A few "this looks nice on you" lines, then he shows up to be a call-on-demand gigilo, then lots of scenes of sex. A few hokey lines about "here's the cool way to cure wasp stings", one or two lines about travelling across the US, and it's over. There was no construction of a relationship, no sharing of ideas, no melding of minds. No staring at the stars discussing infinity. I realize romance doesn't have to be esoteric. But if it was just about wham-bam sex, the story looses a lot of its meaning. It would have been SO much more gripping if he had dreams as well, and shared those dreams with her, and those dreams were incredibly similar. It would have meant something then, that they had considered running off hand in hand.

    A nice watch, but many other movies tackle this same theme with a MUCH more realistic and involving storyline....more info
  • One of My Favorites!
    My husband and I own this movie and think it's fabulous on every level. We've watched it many times since it was first released. Diane Lane and Liev Schrieber are both marvelous actors and are able to convey so much about their emotions with small moments. Tovah Feldshuh, as the wise mother-in-law, is perfect. The changing times are believably portrayed in this story about a couple who married young in a different time and now find their world changing. (I was 18 at the time of the moon landing and Woodstock so witnessed the era firsthand.) One of the things that is so good about this movie is that all the characters are good, well-intentioned people - there is no "bad" guy here, even the gorgeous "blouse man," played by Viggo Mortensen, is a decent guy. I love it that both Pearl and Marty, after they realize some new things about each other, are willing to try and find their way back to each other in this new world. The final scene of them dancing on the porch couldn't be better.
    Despite the fact that three years after this movie, Diane Lane was in "Unfaithful," they are very different movies and "A Walk on the Moon" is superior because it has so much heart. I can very strongly recommend this movie....more info
  • Diane Lane goes with Viggo Mortensen to Woodstock (wouldn't you?)
    The Kantrowitz family is heading to at retreat in the Catskills for the 4th of July in the summer of 1969. Marty (Liev Schreiber), who works in a television repair shop, is going to have to go back to work because Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are going to be walking on the moon later that month and everybody and their uncle wants to make sure they can see the big moment on their television. That means his wife, Pearl (Diane Lane), and mother, Lilian (Tovah Feldshuh, in another fine turn as a Jewish mother almost as good as her exquisite portrayal in "Kissing Jessica Stein"), will stay at the bungalow watching over the kids, Alison (Anna Paquin) and Daniel (Bobby). Alison "becomes a woman," a fact cheerfully announced over the public address system (by Julie Kavner), and goes off in search of her first kiss, her first date, and her first leaving the house to go attend a three day festival of rock music. But Alison is not the only one looking for trouble.

    We learn later in "Walk on the Moon" that the first time Pearl and Marty made love when they were teenagers, Pearl got pregnant with Alison. Marty was going to go to college, but that dream ended and he got married and went to work. Now it is fourteen years later and when Pearl sees her daughter running off to have fun and then notices that the "Blouse Man" (Viggo Mortensen), announced that way when he arrives to sell blouses out of a converted bus, is noticing her, she becomes painfully aware that she has only been with one man in her entire life. Now her husband is away, and while the rest of the world is watching images being beamed back from the moon, Pearl takes her own giant leap.

    The "Blouse Man" is really named Walker Jerome, a name, it is pointed out, that is backwards. But that hardly matters because he is, as you can plainly see, played by Viggo Mortensen, and that means Marty is going to need some help. At least he has the love and support of his mother, who makes it clear that no matter how bad the traffic is between the city and the Catskills because of the concert at Woodstock, Marty needs to get back up to the bungalow (the time it takes Marty to get from the city to the bungalow is mentioned every time he shows up). Eventually Pearl will discover that while she can run off to Woodstock or a secluded waterfall for her fun with her new lover, the world in which she lives not only has a moon on which men have walked, but a husband, a daughter, and a son. She also finds that not only does she have to explain her infidelity to those who have a right to know, but her marriage as well.

    The moment of crisis in "A Walk on the Moon" has to do with Pearl's decision as to what she will now do with the rest of her life. Does she attempt to reconcile with her angry husband or does she live the life she never had with the new guy? My problem is not with Pearl's choice, but rather the idea that changing the music that you listen to can make everything better. I might be willing to buy that deus ex musica if it did not work so quickly, although this 1999 film has a pretty good soundtrack that features Judy Collins singing "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" (for rather obvious reasons given the plot). But I end up rounding down on this one because while the script by Pamela Gray ("Music of the Heart") finely defines the female characters and their motivations, I find Marty's actions to be motivated more by the requirements of the resolution than anything else. Given the story, this one needed to have more than Lane and Mortensen frollicing in the water, as visually compelling as that might be....more info
  • Nice Movie
    I enjoyed this movie - attractive people, funny setting and very good acting. I saw Diane Lane in Unfaithful before seeing this and can't believe the story lines are very similar. A happily married mother stumbles into marital infidelity and seems to love both her husband and the new guy. No violence, car chases or other nasty stuff - just a good romance gone awry movie very well done. Don't know why this one was passed over in the theaters....more info
  • Watch 'Unfaithful' instead.
    This movie is somewhat similar to Unfaithful but it lacks the erotic intensity. If you haven't seen either of them I recommend Unfaithful instead. If you have seen Unfaithful, you can do without it. I found it a bit slow, and if it weren't for the gorgeous Diane Lane I wouldn't be able to finish it....more info
  • A walk on the moon
    This is a very down to earth movie, that make you revise your values and long term goals in life. Excelent cast, beatiful story....more info
  • Not bad at all...
    Goldwyn, with platinum Hollywood credentials courtesy of being the grandson of Samuel Goldwyn (as in Metro-*Goldwyn*-Mayer), is relatively new to the directing business - this is his debut, and he's directed two others since. He is better known as an actor for his roles in *Ghost*, *The Pelican Brief* and *Nixon." In the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon, " Goldwyn played astronaut Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon, and perhaps was inspired to base this film, called *A Walk on the Moon*, on unrelated events that occur on that famous night. Goldwyn also seemed to take a good long look at *Dirty Dancing* before he made this film - unarguably a dangerous proposition - but he seemed to be able to determine what parts of it were charming and which parts were schlock. He, thankfully, left most of the schlock on the cutting room floor. Like *Dirty Dancing*, it is the story of a Jewish family spending the summer at a resort in upstate New York. Where *Dirty Dancing* took place in 1963 as the world was just beginning to notice the changes, *Moon* is set in the summer of 1969 and the world's already on fire, but these people don't know it. Diane Lane and Liev Schreiber play Pearl and Marty Kantrowitz, a young blue-collar couple who began having children at a very young age, missing out on their own youth. As their daughter, Alison (Paquin), comes of age, she faces the inevitable gulf that separates her from her parents - it was a requirement that children felt estranged from their parents in 1969 - but her parents simply aren't that much older than she is. Life is pretty dull at the resort, with the highlights being visits from the "Knish Man," the "Ice Cream Man" and the "Blouse Man." Pearl, who finds herself alone during the week while Marty goes back into the city to work, falls hard for the "Blouse Man," a hippie who lives life on his own terms (the movie had the regrettable working title of *Blouse Man*). The entire resort is excited about the impending moonwalk, but Marty won't be able to make it back in time to see it with Pearl. Pearl spends the night in her own world of celestial bodies and shooting stars as she gives herself to the hippie blouse man. Meanwhile, not far away, is this event happening - no one really knows what it's about - it's called "Woodstock." Daughter Alison wants to go, but is forbidden to. She runs away and goes anyway, running into - who else? - her mother who has been taken there by the Blouse Man. Mom inadvertently gets dosed with acid and trips out, and daughter comes unglued over it, screaming, "I'm the teenager! Not you! You're my mom!" The story gets a little messy here and there, as daughter comes to terms with the fact that she may not be quite so different from her parents, and the parents come to terms with the fact that modern life has just about left them in the dust. It is a touching ending as the parents are trying to work it out between them, which seemed somehow unusual - it the Sixties most parents would have split up to "find themselves." It is a refreshing film, nonetheless, with a very good performance from Lane and a number a good performances from lesser-known cast members. ...more info
  • A Tasty 'Period Piece' from the 1960s!
    A WALK ON THE MOON as written by Pamela Gray ("Music of the Heart") and directed by actor Tony Goldman conjures up more atmosphere for the year 1969 than any film to date. Remember Woodstock, the Jewish summer retreats in the Catskills, hippies, face and body painting, threats from the Vietnam era and promises of space habitation by the famous first walk on the moon? It is all faithfully created here as the background for a lovely little sentimental tale about family and fidelity.

    The Kantrowitz family - Pearl (Diane Lane), Marty (Liev Schreiber), Alison (Anna Paquin), Daniel (Bobby Boriello) and Marty's mother Lilian (Tovah Feldshuh) - are spending their usual summer away form New York in a Catskill settlement bungalow along with other Jewish families of the same ilk. All seems swell, except that Marty must spend the weekdays returning to his job as a TV repairman, leaving the family under Pearl's and Lilian's care until his weekend visits. A hippie blouse salesman Walker Jerome (Viggo Mortensen) peddles his wares to the settlement and casually but inevitably Pearl feels an attraction to Walker, the man of adventure who represents all the lost dreams of becoming a mother and wife at the too early age of 17. Life has slipped her by but feels salvageable in Walker's advances.

    Woodstock is close by and Pearl and Walker spend a day of hippie love-in in the crowd, not knowing that teenage Alison is also there observing their free love antics. This crisis event affects the family's unity and the way Pearl faces her moment of indiscretion with Marty and her children builds to a terrific climax.

    Diane Lane, Viggo Mortenson, Liev Schreiber and Tovah Feldshuh completely inhabit these simple characters and pull us into accepting all aspects of the predicament of this family crisis. The confrontation among Lane, Schreiber and Mortenson is a trio of acting not to be forgotten. Tony Goldwyn has paced his film beautifully and proves that he has as great skill as a director as well as an actor. The cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond is as recreative of a special time on our history as has been captured. This little film will stay with you long after the credits are over. Grady Harp, May 05

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  • Phew! Hot, Hot, Hot!
    I can't believe I'd never seen this movie until this week! I found it on the shelf in my local library's movie section and was intrigued by the title.

    Diane Lane (who's never made a bad movie, IMO) and the gorgeous Viggo Mortensen are smokin' hot in this amazing movie set in 1969 at the cusp of a new period in all our lives. It's all about love, freedom, family, and mostly, the power of forgiveness. I totally had flashbacks during the Woodstock scenes which were artfully and soulfully filmed.

    Do yourself a favor and buy this movie for yourself as a Christmas gift!!

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  • A beautiful, aching-for-lost-youth film
    I'll start off by saying I have a tremendous crush on Viggo Mortensen and I'm happy anytime he's in a movie. That said, I think this was well-done. Others have found it "slow" or "unconvincing." I didn't. Though I do wish we could have seen more of the relationship between Walker and Pearl (not just the sex), you sensed that they did connect in ways other than the physical.

    The most poignant moment of movie for me is when Pearl visits Walker at his house. She sees the maps on the walls of his bedroom and asks if he's been to all of these places. He seems sad, and a bit embarrassed, as he says "no." They seemed like kindred spirits in that moment; both longing for a life bigger and more exciting that what they had known. Perhaps that's what she saw in him (besides the fact that he's stunning and sexy).

    I think many of us in our 30s can relate to "what might have been" thinking. I highly recommend this movie. Diane Lane is fabulous, as always. The whole cast is great. See this movie!
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  • Great late 60's - Woodstock era movie
    I have watched this movie many times and always enjoy it. The main characters are attractive and talented - Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen. The soundtrack is great - late sixties folk rock music. ...more info