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The Man In The Moon [DVD] [1960]

Kenneth More , Shirley Anne Field , Basil Dearden    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kenneth More, Shirley Anne Field
  • Directors: Basil Dearden
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BD9DKM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,598 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Basil Dearden directs this sci-fi spoof starring Kenneth More as William Blood, a human guinea pig at a research centre set up to find a cure for the common cold. His incredible levels of immunity bring him to the attention of a team of space scientists, who decide he is the perfect candidate to become the first British astronaut to land on the moon. Cheerfully unaware of his destiny, William becomes the unwitting target of envious rival astronauts including the snooty Leo (Charles Gray).

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HOLD ON KENNETH MOORE IS IN THIS FILM !. 14 Jun 2009
By NEO
Format:DVD
I have to agree with the 1st reviewer here , what is Amazon doing giving a brief review about a different movie ?. Ignore the Amazon comments as they bear no relation to this movie whatsoever !.
This is a 1959 film starring Kenneth Moore as William Blood who sees a women at a train station. Then falls in love with her but he has odd abilitys such as not feeling pain , worry or even to become ill. He thought he was also immune to women but he finds that he's anything but. He is being used as a human Lab rat as the scientists want to send him to the moon. But this is still no cure for Love and the girl Polly also can't bear to be apart from William. This is a madcap sci-fi comedy that is fun and heartwarming at the same time.
The special features include a press pack PDF and three image galleries,
It runs for 95 minutes in total.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun 7 Mar 2011
By Filmbuff TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Kenneth More plays a man who makes a living from undergoing various tests, treatments and other such "niceities"; in effect, he is a human "guinea-pig". However, the trouble with him is he never catches any of the ailments he is supposed to, doesn't suffer seasickness and, in point of fact, is totally useless to those who are trying to find cures for these problems. Even sleeping outdoors in a field doesn't give him so much as a sneeze!

He is pursuaded to sign up for the very latest endurance tests: to become an astronaut! At first, he isn't actually told precisely what it is he is going to be doing and, being the carefree young man that he is, nothing bothers him. He can stand any amount of temperature extremes, even what would usually be a fatal "G-force". His Russian colleagues aren't too pleased and do what they can to sabotage him. He still remains completely untouchable until, that is, he meets a beautiful young woman and falls in love! ACHOOOOO!

A rather tongue-in-cheek look at the influence of women on men which shouldn't upset the ardent feminists too much; it is, after all, just good fun!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than moonshine 18 Jun 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This touching, gentle film marks Reese Witherspoon's impressive film debut. "The Man in the Moon" did not make the impact it should have done on the public, probably because it came out at the same time as "My Girl", which starred big names (Macaulay Culkin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Ayckroyd). The films are slightly similar but the child actors in "Moon" far outshine the simpering affectedness of Chlumsky and Culkin in "My Girl" and it's a shame that Witherspoon's talent took longer to be discovered.
Set in 1950s Louisiana, this is a film about first crushes and true love; about the difficulties of parenthood and sibling rivalry; about when friendship teeters on the line of something deeper; about love and heartbreak. Danni, a tomboy headstrong 14 year old, feels overshadowed by her beautiful sister Maureen, but the relationship they have is close. When a new neighbour, Court Foster (sensitively played by Jason London) moves in, sisterly ties are tested. Danni moves from fantasy crushes on Elvis to her first real love; Maureen finds in Court the passion which has been missing from her previous relationships; and the Trant parents watch helplessly as their daughters grow up and apart, before being forced to come together in the face of tragedy.
Beautifully directed, the film can occasionally jolt the viewer when they least expect it (Danni's whipping, Marie's discovery in the field). I have only given it 4 stars rather than 5 because I feel the score by James Newton Howard (coincidentally he also wrote the music for 'My Girl'!) is rather cliched and sickly-sweet.
The cast is superb, even the smallest characters are well-played and beautifully drawn (Court's troublesome younger brothers, the old lady in church) and several generations of stories told in approximately one and a half hours. "The Man in the Moon" works on many different levels and is a film to be treasured.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Film 15 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This poignant story is one of the most beautiful coming of age portraits ever filmed. It is set in rural Louisiana during the 1950's and is beautifully photographed and filled with love and tenderness. The focal point of director Robert Mulligan's (To Kill a Mockingbird, Summer of '42) story is a very young Reese Witherspoon in a role that should have made her a household name. This story of first love and the tragedy that follows will touch you in a way you'll remember for a long time.
Sam Waterson is perfect as the gentle and kind husband and father Matthew who knows his two daughters are growing up faster than he can blink and has another one on the way. Tess Harper has another fine turn as his loving wife Abigail. There is a sweet and peaceful feel to this film that gets into your heart slowly in much the same manner as "The Spitfire Grill". It is that good.
Dani (Reese Witherspoon) is the spunky but tender hearted younger sister who is beginning to cross the waters from kid to young woman at 14. Her adolescent crush on Elvis changes to something real when 17 year old Court Foster (Jason London) enters the picture. They both like to swim in the lake and become something more than friends but something less than a couple. Their relationship is handled in such a sweet and thoughtful manner you find youself embracing this film with your heart early on.
But as much as Court cares about her she is to young for him and when chance brings he and her older sister Maureen (Emily Wakefield) together nature takes it's course and someone's heart is bound to break. This is a good and loving family and Dani and her older sister Maureen are close. They bicker as sisters do but Dani secretly worships Maureen and wants to be like her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
What a pity the directors weren't more familiar with the moon ~!`
What a waste for Kenneth More !
In a nutshell, What a load of crap!!!!!
Published 20 days ago by eric coombes
5.0 out of 5 stars EASY-WATCHING LIGHT DRAMA
A truly lovely film to watch if you are in a low mood. Very peaceful & uplifting with a pleasant storyline.
Published 1 month ago by Caroline B
5.0 out of 5 stars Most heartwarming story
A film that never ages. Heart wrenching storyline that will get those tears flowing. Definitely recommend for a Sunday afternoon
Published 3 months ago by Amanda Travers
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Film to watch
I really enjoyed watching this film. I cried at the end and the bond between family is what makes this a good little family film to watch together with older siblings.
Published 3 months ago by Erin Weatherley
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film
A wonderfully evocative coming of age film that makes you feel as if you’re living in the gentle countryside of 1950s Louisiana and experiencing the sunshine and the storms (both... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars TOUCHING DRAMA THAT DISCOVERED THE AMAZING REESE WITHERSPOON
I bought this film as i am a huge Reese Witherspoon fan and i was very impressed and moved by this film. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Ali M
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic movie
This was a movie i had watched when i was a young girl and to have found it on here was great. Thanks amazon
Published on 24 May 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Reese Witherspoon!
I believe that this was Reese Witherspoon's first major movie, and it just demonstrates why she went on and became the terrific actress that she now is. Read more
Published on 5 May 2011 by Wessex Man
4.0 out of 5 stars A simple heartwarming family movie!
I first discovered this movie few years back, with no expectations whatsoever. Then, wow, I was overwhelmed with the beautiful story and outstanding characters (especially the... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2011 by A.D
5.0 out of 5 stars the critic-mal
amazing film, just love the 1950's sifi and with being a british film it even better, kenneth moore at his best, british hummer no american rubbish
Published on 3 Jan 2011 by M. Jones
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