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Moonlight Mile [DVD] [2003]

Jake Gyllenhaal , Dustin Hoffman , Brad Silberling    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Alexia Landeau, Richard Messing
  • Directors: Brad Silberling
  • Writers: Brad Silberling
  • Producers: Brad Silberling, Ashok Amritraj, Brian W. Cook, David Hoberman, Mark Johnson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Dec 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Z5BG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,685 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



For anyone who has lost a loved one, Moonlight Mile will ring true with heartfelt emotion. Like the characters in this well-acted film, writer-director Brad Silberling confronted death when his girlfriend, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, was murdered in 1989. That tragedy gives Moonlight Mile its mournful authenticity, beginning in 1973 after the killing of a young woman whose fiancé, Joe (Jake Gyllenhaal), is living with her grieving parents (Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon) while contemplating his uncertain future. The film is occasionally sidetracked by Hollywood slickness, but Silberling (who scored box-office hits with Casper and City of Angels) gets the emotional details exactly right, and a potentially formulaic romance between Joe and a local girl (superbly played by newcomer Ellen Pompeo) feels like a natural step toward recovery. Holly Hunter plays a small but pivotal role, and while Moonlight Mile lacks the gravity of the dramatically similar In the Bedroom, it springs from the same source of compassionate understanding. --Jeff Shannon

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Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon star in this story based on real events in director/screenwriter Brad Silberling's life. Whilst grieving for their murdered daughter, JoJo (Sarandon) and Ben (Hoffman) take in her fiance Joe Nast (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is distraught trying to cancel all the wedding arrangements. As he begins to establish a strong relationship with his late finacee's parents he also begins a relationship with Birdie (Ellen Pompeo), who has recently lost her fiance. Joe then has to decide how he can reconcile his role as the perfect grieving fiance with someone beginning a new life.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Like many people my interest in seeing "Moonlight Mile" had as much to do with the fact writer-director Brad Silberling's story stems in part from the tragic murder of his girlfriend Rebecca Schaeffer as it does with the cast featuring a trio of Oscar winners in Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, and Holly Hunter. However, it is not fair to characterize this film as a cathartic exercise on Silberling's part; the genesis for the film's story is more the relationship he shared with the parents of his girlfriend than her murder. Those looking for strong parallels between fact and fiction will be disappointed, because the resonance of this film has to do with the relationship between young Joe Nast (Jake Gyllenhall) and the couple who were almost his in-laws, Ben (Hoffman) and JoJo Floss (Sarandon). It is in trying to keep talking and to find ways of just functioning while they are overwhelmed by grief that we can convince ourselves Silberling is sharing with us "truth" about what it would be like to be in the shoes of such people.
When "Moonlight Mile" begins it is three days after Diana Floss (Careena Melia) was shot in an ice cream shoppe across the street from her father's commercial reality office. A guy walked in intending to gun down his wife; she received two bullets in the head but survived, while Diana was killed. Now Joe finds himself living with Ben and JoJo trying to figure out what to do next. Part of this is becoming Ben's partner in what will now be called "Floss & Son," although commercial realty in a small New England economically depressed town in the early 1970s does not make much sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 13 Aug 2004
I'll admit it now, my reason for buying this film was because of my little obsession with Jake Gyllenhaal, however I found this film to be brilliant!
At first I thought the story sounded a little depressing-girl shot dead leaving her greiving parents and fiance to pick up the pieces. It is so much more than that. It deals with death in a really good way-the characters show grief but subtley.
Susan Sarandon and Dustin Hoffman as the parents are amazing as always and Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Pompeo as the fiance and his new love intrest truly hold their own opposite them.
The film has an excellent soundtrack and I highly recommend it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marching with the Walking Wounded 14 Mar 2006
MOONLIGHT MILE opens on the morning of the day during which Diana Floss is to be buried by her father Ben (Dustin Hoffman), mother JoJo (Susan Sarandon), and fiancé Joe (Jake Gyllenhaal). Diana was caught in the gunfire a man directed at his wife, a waitress in a local cafe. The remainder of the film follows Joe for 2-3 weeks as he continues to live in Diana's old room, serving to keep the girl's memory alive for Ben and JoJo. Moreover, Joe sticks with the original plan to have been followed after he and Diana were married, i.e. to join Ben as a partner in his commercial real estate business. And there are occasional sidebars to the legal proceedings against Diana's killer being handled by lawyer Mona (Holly Hunter).
The film is a perceptive and not overly sentimental depiction of the mourning of the Walking Wounded after the grave of a loved one is covered over and the friends and food of Shiva week are gone. (The Floss family is Jewish.) Sarandon has perhaps the meatiest role as JoJo. Her monolog to Joe about what keeps her and Ben together (and bickering) after 31 years is the Great Truth of many marriages, I suspect, and possibly the movie's best single scene.
Notwithstanding my high regard for the film, I'm bothered by the niggling feeling that Gyllenhall's portrayal of Joe was too one dimensional. It's as if his life begins with the opening scene. At no time does the audience learn about his past. Where was he born and raised? Does he have siblings or living parents? Did he have dreams of being anything before meeting Diana? It's like he's this orphan, a blank slate upon which his connection with the Floss family writes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent 20 July 2006
Moonlight Mile is a beautifully produced movie that explores grief with such realistic honesty that will both reduce you to tears, make you laugh and then warm your heart. Ranking along side 'Terms of Endearment' for it's heart-breaking wonderfulness, this is a must-see film! (Make sure you have your hankies though..)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic film! 20 Feb 2004
By Covell
This is one of the best films i have EVER seen.
I rented it from a video shop and watched it at least 3 times before returning it- and have just ordered the dvd. With a fantastic soundtrack, great script and superb acting all round, this is one film not to be missed.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays the part of Joe Nast superbly. He hardly has to move a muscle to bring across a new emotion and just fits right into the part- it really is like watching life on a video. Then Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon are as great as they always have been and somehow manage to convey the awkwardness felt at such times with a great deal of emotion and humour. However I feel the best part of this film comes in the form of the stunning Ellen Pompeo. I have never seen her in anything before but she steals the show in this one. She really shows emotion and you feel everything s though you are right there.
I believe this is a great film, even if you are not into this gene it it well worth seeing.( and buying!)
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