The Man in the Moon

Synopsis: Rural Louisiana, summer of 1957, Elvis is King. At 14, Dani is coming of age. Her older sister is beautiful, smart, and off to Duke in the fall; her mom's pregnant with number four (Dad wants a son), and Dad's pretty strict. Life gets sweeter when 17-year-old Court Foster, his widowed mom, and two little brothers move into the vacant farm next door. Court likes Dani's high spirits and direct way, and though he has a man's responsibilities on the farm, they go off swimming sometimes. The waters of adolescence are deeper than Dani realizes as hers and Court's feelings get jumbled. Then Mother Nature throws wrenching surprises at Dani, and she must come to terms with new emotions.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Robert Mulligan
Production: MGM
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

you're just shooting up

like a weed, aren't you?

Just like a weed,

that's me.

One of these days,

that woman's

going to cut herself

on her own tongue

and bleed to death.

Hello, Mrs. Trant.

Let me get that

for you.

Hi, Maureen.

Hey there, little bit,

didn't recognize you

with a dress on.

You look great, Maureen.

Be by to pick you up

about 6:

That's right.

See you later,

Mrs. Trant.

That Billy Sanders

thinks he's

such a hotshot.

I don't see why

you go with him.

I don't go with him,

I go out with him.

Big difference.


Dani, you come

back here!

She's doing it again.

Whenever it's time

to make lunch or do dishes,

she disappears.

The way she does dishes,

I just as soon

she be gone.

Do any good?

Oh, a little.

A little means

you did fine.

Let me see

what you got.

Where's Dani?

Off roaming around


She's supposed

to be here helping out.

She's getting too big

to be running around

wild as a jack rabbit.

Used to be

she was too little.

Now she's too big.

I guess she passed

up "just right"

when nobody

was looking.

Get out of here!

Who the hell do you

think you are?

You get out of here!

This is private property.

Yeah, you're

damn right it is,

and you're


This is the Foster place.

If your name isn't Foster,

you're trespassing.

It just so happens

that it is.

Prove it!

Prove your

name's Foster!

I don't have

to prove nothing.

Nobody's lived

on the Foster place

as long as

I can remember.

They do now!

So get your butt

out of here!

I'm not going.

If you're not out

by the count of 3,

Ill drag your ass out!

You're lying.

ok! Ok, Im going!

Turn around and

close your eyes.

Do it, damn you!

What are you ducking

behind the bushes for?

You ain't got

nothing to hide.


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Jenny Wingfield

Jenny Wingfield is an American screenwriter and novelist. Born in Fountain Hill, Arkansas, Wingfield spent much of her childhood in Louisiana, where her father was a preacher. She attended Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas University) in Magnolia, and after graduating taught languages for several years. Her screenwriting credits have included the films The Man in the Moon and The Outsider, as well as Hallmark Hall of Fame's A Dog Named Christmas, which was the winner of the 2010 Genesis Award. Her debut novel, The Homecoming of Samuel Lake was published in 2011. more…

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