Shoot the Moon Movie Review Summary

Actors: Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Karen Allen, Peter Weller, Dana Hill, Viveka Davis, Tracey Gold, Tina Yothers

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Successful book author George Dunlap (Albert Finney) has been married to his gorgeous, offbeat wife Faith (Diane Keaton) for fifteen years. They have four lovely daughters and reside in a cluttered but cozy converted farmhouse, with most of the remodeling done by George. On the night of an awards dinner, Faith and her daughters are in one room getting ready while George is in another room, talking with his mistress on the telephone. Oldest daughter Sherry (Dana Hill) picks up the receiver and shockingly hears her tearful father professing his love to another woman. Later that evening, George compliments and thanks Faith during his award speech, but the ticking time bomb that is their marriage finally detonates in the morning. Accused of being unfaithful, George leaves the house with luggage that a livid Faith has pre-packed.
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George soon moves in with Sandy (Karen Allen), his young girlfriend with a son from a previous marriage. Sherry wants nothing to do with George, so he keeps in touch with his other daughters by driving them to school while they earnestly serenade him with the Irene Cara hit “Fame”. Faith starts an affair of her own with Frank Davis (Peter Weller), a rugged contractor hired to build a tennis court in the backyard. Faith seems to be reconstructing her dignity and sense of worth but George, growing progressively more neurotic and belligerent, finds himself in a paradoxical situation. He no longer wishes to be with Faith, yet he does not want her with other men. George still wants the family and personal belongings he left behind, especially Sherry who refuses to acknowledge him. In act of desperation, George breaks into the house and physically assaults Sherry, hoping the unexpected attack will cause some kind of reaction from his resentful daughter.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   marriage going to pieces

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   editor/publisher Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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