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 s... more »exual 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!« less
"This is one movie that is misnamed. Ask anybody if they've seen it and they always say, Oh yeah, you mean the one with The Blouse Man. I learned from a friend of the woman who wrote the original that THAT was the original name. They should have kept it. But otherwise, I can't think of a negative thing to say about this movie. It's a coming-of-age (the daughter, played by Anna Paquin) story; it's a tale of a marriage turning boring and of temptation knocking at the door (The Blouse Man himself, SO well played by Viggo Mortensen; it's the exploration of the responsibilities that vie with the passions of the mom who sacrificed her youth and dreams to unplanned pregnancy and early marriage (so perfectly played by the lovely Diane Lane); the rage of the mostly clueless but loving and dutiful husband (Liev Schreiber), and the incomparable Tovah Feldshuh as the wise and sassy mother-in-law who literally and figuratively smacks sense into everyone's heads. The whole drama plays out during the summer of 1969 at a Jewish `camp' in the Catskills. Woodstock's `happening' occurs, and then Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.
Plus, omigod, such a great soundtrack, all the terrific music from that unbelievable and surreal era. This is one of those videos you just might want to purchase."
One of My Favorites!
P. Houser | Tulsa, OK USA | 10/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
An ode to family values
giovanni | Greece | 08/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Such high-quality movies like A Walk On The Moon rarely get released . It's a film about the stormy turns a family's daily life takes when wife Pearl ( Lane ) meets a charming blouse man ( Mortensen ) . Although it's clear that she does love her husband ( Schreiber ) , she fails to remain faithfull to him . At the same time her daughter ( Anna Paquin ) is slowly becoming a woman . Her first flirt with a boy takes place and the girl , full of doubts and questions tries to come in terms with her puberty . The film's biggest strength is it's cast . Lane gives a quiet , carefull perfomance as the young wife while Mortensen displays once more his poisonous charms . The heart of the film though is Liev Schreiber who gives to his character the human sensitivity he needs to seem believable . He's one of these gifted , underrated actors ( see also Don Cheadle , Ben Chaplin ) who we would never like to see leading an expensive , supernatural blockbuster movie . What makes A Walk On The Moon so special is that it talks about things and situations which could easily be true . Frightengly naturall are also the supporting actors who have been casted perfectly as everyday-people of that time . The family's unity is in danger and the viewer almost feels Pearl's frustration and agony about the future . Will her acts torn her home apart ? Director Goldwyn dezerves congratulations for risk losing the teenage audience by making a film about family values . If you ask me though , when a movie is as well written and well acted as this one , age is not a factor . As for the ending is one of the smartest , most impulsive and touching ones you'll ever get the chance to see ."
One to buy, keep, and view annually
Peggy Vincent | Oakland, CA | 06/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Simply the best. Only problem is the title: everyone I know refers to it when questioned with, "You know, the one with The Blouse Man." Turns out that was the original title, and then Hollywood got hold of it and turned it into this forgettable zippo thingie.
Anyway, it's terrific, no matter what you call it. Sexual awakening of an adolescent girl at the same time her mother is striving to recreate the adolescence she never had (due to an unexpected pregnancy with that very adolescent girl who is now her daughter). It's the summer of Woodstock, and the time of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon - hence the title - but it's still The Blouse Man. If you want to see a HOT sex scene, see this movie! But that's far from the only reason. A Walk on the Moon is about family, temptation, youth, responsibility, fidelity, love, duty, staying-power, devotion, mother-daughter issues... It's about Life.
And buy the sound track, too; all the goodies from those hazy, marijuana-fogged days and nights come alive again."
Peggy Vincent | 11/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How refreshing to see a film that is not filled with stereotypes and cliches. There were many moments in the film when I was pleasantly surprised by the actions of the characters. One is when the mother-in-law, in a conversation with her daughter-in-law (Lane), reveals that she knows what Pearl has been up to. She treats Pearl with much understanding rather than attacking her (which is what one might expect). Another such moment is when Pearl's husband comes face to face with her lover during a family crisis. I was waiting for a fight and it (thankfully) didn't happen. I really love movies that surprise me by unexpected actions, that are completely plausable. This is a very rich story, with interesting, sympathetic characters."