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Pontiac Moon


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Product Details

  • Actors: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Ryan Todd, Eric Schweig, Cathy Moriarty
  • Directors: Peter Medak
  • Writers: Finn Taylor, Jeffrey D. Brown
  • Producers: Finn Taylor, Jeffrey D. Brown, Robert Benedetti, Robert Schaffel, Sharon Roesler
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: April 1 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303416578
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,179 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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Format: VHS Tape
A movie with such talent as Ted Danson (Cheers, Bodyheat) and Mary Steenburgen seems bound for critical and commercial success. But when the actors try to portray a character that is out of their creative range, the movie falls apart. Washington Bellamy (Danson) is a nutty elementary school science teacher, with a shut-in wife (Steenburgen) who hasn't left the house in seven years, and a eleven year old son (Ryan Todd) that has never taken a ride in an automobile. The year was 1969, Bellamy, as was the rest of America, is captivated with the voyage of the Apollo XI to the moon. Bellamy calculates that the mileage on his 1949 Pontiac Chief needs only 1776 miles before the mileage on the odometer is the exact same distance to the moon. Bellamy and his son run away without Mrs. Bellamy knowing. He has timed the car trip to reach the Spires of the Moon in Idaho right at the time the lunar module is landing on the moon. But this turns out not to be such an easy trip. They meet trouble on the highway, argue with one another, getting into a brawl at a restaurant, taking along an Indian recluse, and hide from the law.
Danson's acting is sour, trying to hard to act serious. This is the rough post-Cheers, pre-Becker era in his career, taken along this project just to stay in the spotlight as long as he can. Steenburgen is pathetic as a agoraphobic, over dramatizing every line. Other than those two, as well as Todd, the movie is filled with unknown actors, accumulating one of the worst acting performances of a cast in a movie, ever. The story overall is good, but the acting just plain and simple ruined it for me. From the backside, I wish Danson would have never taken off that toupee.
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A movie with such talent as Ted Danson (Cheers, Bodyheat) and Mary Steenburgen seems bound for critical and commercial success. But when the actors try to portray a character that is out of their creative range, the movie falls apart. Washington Bellamy (Danson) is a nutty elementary school science teacher, with a shut-in wife (Steenburgen) who hasn't left the house in seven years, and a eleven year old son (Ryan Todd) that has never taken a ride in an automobile. The year was 1969, Bellamy, as was the rest of America, captivated with the voyage of the Apollo XI to the moon. Bellamy calculates that the mileage on his 1949 Pontiac Chief needs only 1776 miles before the mileage on the odometer is the exact same distance to the moon. Bellamy and his son run away without Mrs. Bellamy knowing. He has timed the car trip to reach the Spires of the Moon in Idaho right at the time the lunar module is landing on the moon. But this turns out not to be such an easy trip. They meet trouble on the highway, argue with one another, getting into a brawl at a restaurant, taking along an Indian recluse, and hide from the law.
Danson's acting is sour, trying to hard to act serious. This is the rough post-Cheers, pre-Becker era in his career, taken along this project just to stay in the spotlight as long as he can. Steenburgen is pathetic as a agorophobic, over dramatizing every line. Other than those two, as well as Todd, the movie is filled with unknown actors, accumulating one of the worst acting performances of a cast in a movie, ever. The story overall is good, but the acting just plain and simple ruined it for me. From the backside, I wish Danson would have never taken off that toupee.
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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.
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