Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Ryan Todd, Eric Schweig, Cathy Moriarty
Director: Peter Medak
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
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Very Underrated movie
Steve Schienberg | Boston, Mass USA | 01/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This must be one of the most underrated movies of the nineties. Fabulous story!! I was out of town on business, and I stumbled into the ole Blockbuster, and I thought I would give this un-known movie a try, as Im a big Mary Steenburgen fan. I was so delighted by this funny, serious, and heart touching movie, that I couldn't understand, why I never heard of it? Did it come and go in the movies? Great acting all around, with a lot of unknown actors. My favorite was the car mechanic living out in the desert played by Arthur Senzy, who I saw again in (I also rented) "A Few Good Men".Ted Danson, the Kid, and Eric Schweig were great as was Mary Steenburgen. All in all, a great cast, and a very delightful movie for this weary traveler."
A movie treat watching a good story unfold
John R. Bridell | Minneapolis, MN USA | 09/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"PONTIAC MOON is a movie treat watching a simply good story unfold. I haven't had a movie catch my interest as much as this one for quite some time. It a film which relies on strong acting and strong script, with a few Greek-Navaho special effects tossed into the scenes now and then. It is a humorous quest with a story of Apollo moonwalk that is counterpoint genius on film; father and son in a 1949 Pontiac whose ignition starts a journey the moment America's Apollo first moon landing blasts off. From that point the counterpoint of Appollo and Pontiac continues until the quest is . . . well, I'll let you see the movie and find out if father and son reach their quest. To be a real quest, of course, the father and son must be detoured--in this case literally, then stranded under a desert starry sky, next stalled at a supper club which features an Americana singing contest--how I enjoyed hearing the vocal of "Kansas City"--then the Pontiac is off the trail for the father to borrow money from a family sheep-rancher relative, they are once more stalled by a cracked engine block, followed by more tense scenes of delay; all this action in a quest to reach the Spires of the Moon, Idaho before the moment of moonwalk touchdown. Together with the emphasis on the quest Danson's wife, Mary Steenburgen, has developed a phobia--she doesn't dare leave her home having holed up there for seven years. She is hyper-careful with an attitude that has put her family into mental recession. Mary has to decide whether she has the courage to follow Danson and son. Her decision leads to some interesting and amusing scenes. Will she seek her husband and arrive as an ex machina to save the day? This movie will teach you the two rules of getting along in life. To repeat, I haven't seen a movie managed as well as PONTIAC MOON for a long time. Ryan Todd, the son, together with Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson gave excellent off-beat performances."
An Enchanting Story of One Bizarre Family!
Warwick Davis | MA | 12/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a funny movie! It is about a father who is crazy, and tells his son to look at everything from another perspective. (The father admits to being in the nuthouse at one point in the movie. His wife does too.) His son is very moody, and his wife is deranged and is afraid to leave her house. The father takes his son on a trip to the grand canyon, to coincide with the astronaut's landing on the moon. Along the way, the father does some amazing things. He gets drunk, and hits on women in a bar, and he is almost shot when his son's pet snake escapes. (The bar customers paniced.) The father also beats the living s**t out of some ruffian in a diner. He also gets in trouble with the police. The father is a very cool character. (And I'm serious he REALLY is!) His wife also spends the movie driving around trying to find them. And the son also drives a car! (Well, kind of.) They also travel with an Indian. (Who does not believe in fighting, but the father sure does!) A lot of zany stuff happens in this classic fairy tale! It involves a pontiac. It is a fantastic movie, it deserved an academy award, and it MUST, under ANY circumstances be rereleased on DVD! A true classic, this is one not to miss!"
Love this movie
G. Morton | USA | 09/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a movie collector for decades who considers himself very critical & picky about films, I can't help myself, I love this movie. Yeah, it's maybe a little far-fetched or sentimental sometimes but there isn't a second of it that's not enjoyable - it's just too charming and well directed with exactly that effect in mind, and with a beautiful musical score, superb cinematography and a tight script. I think Ted Danson possibly gives his best performance ever as Washington Bellamy, an enraptured-with-knowledge elementary school teacher who also collects beautifully oddball classic cars. The story line described above about trying to match the distance the Apollo crew travels by simultaneously driving over a large part of the country to the Spires of the Moon National Park is already a remarkably charming idea. This will be his "one perfect act" as he brings his very cute young boy with him, leaving behind an quirky paranoid wife who is always afraid to leave the house. Mary Steenburgen plays this part with superb humor as she sets off after her husband and son. Of course, interesting adventures and troubles occur during the journeys but it's Washington's never failing enthusiasm for life and its wonders that really make the film's ideas all work. I've watched this film a number of times and will watch it again into old age and when I'm no longer able to enjoy it I'll be ready to die."