Box of Moon Light

Synopsis: Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides to take his time coming home from a business trip, rents a car, and heads out looking ...
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Tom DiCillo
Production: Trimark
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Look out. Here he comes.

Probably gonna to show us

how to stack the paint.

Hold it, guys.

Let me give you a hand there.

There we go.

Nice and tight up against the wall

with a one-inch interval

between the cans.

All right?

Let's see a double.


You got it.

You got it.

Hey, Al.

What's going on here, Soapy?

Nothing much.

Just a little game to pass the time.

I suggest that you postpone

this little game of yours

and get back to work...


It's a quarter to f***ing 5:00.

That's correct.

Which means we have

exactly 15 more minutes

to get that turbine squared away

for a systems check.

We're on a tight schedule here, guys.

Come on! Work with me.

You got it, Al.

We're with you, now.

Let's break this up.

That turbine's going in 15 minutes.

Let's hit it!

All right, Fuhrman,

you take the left silicon switches.

Get them all primed.

You monkeys start calibrating

the density magnetometers.

Hey, Dex...

Poker game tonight. My room.

I'm there.

You come too, Taco...

and bring Elwood with you.

Now, who gonna bring the beer?

I'll bring the beer.

No, no. you brought moose piss last time.

Taco, you bring the beer.

Nothing wrong with my taste in beer.

Damn. I wish this place had a pool.

What the f***?

Oh, sorry, man... I mean, Mr. Fountain.

It's all right. It's all right, Dex.

There's no harm done.

You can call me Al, you know?


Hey, Elwood, wait up, man!

Come on.

Sure. I'd love to play

poker with you guys.

I'll bring the beer.

I... I insist. I'm the boss.

I'll pay for the beer.


No, I really have no desire

to play poker with you guys.


Because it's a stupid game.

You heard me.

It's a stupid, stupid game!

Thank you.

Hey, Al.

What are you thinking

about over here?

Oh, nothing, really.

I'm just thinking.

What can I do for you, Soapy?

I wanted to tell you

I was sorry about the incident today.

The guys were letting off steam.

- It won't happen again.

- It's all right. I understand.

Sometimes I feel like

letting a little steam off myself.


Why don't you come by the room,

play some poker tonight?



Hmm. Maybe so.

I got a couple things

to get squared away,

but we'll see.


I'll see you there, then.

Room 714.

Take that! Hyah!

Bobby, can you get that?

- Hello.

- Hello, Bob. It's your father.

What are you doing?


Good for you. See that?

Summer school's not so bad, is it?

No, sir.

What's 12 times 7?

I'm sorry, Bob. What did you say?

No, it isn't, Bob.

Put your mother on.

- Hi, Al.

- Is he studying, Deb?

I don't get the sense that he's studying.

He's studying, Al.

Well, I want you to get

him some flashcards,

and I want him to know

his multiplication...

Did you have a bad day?

You seem a little tense.

No, Deb, I had a good day.

I had to get firm

with some of the men,

But they took it well, which is good.

Just trying to instill in them

a healthy respect for authority.

I'm sure they all like you

and respect you, Al.

Well, that's not my concern, Deb...

although they did invite me

to a poker game tonight.

That's great!

Are you gonna go?

No, I don't think so.

Oh, come on, Al. You should go.

Listen, deb, I'll go if I feel like going.

If I don't feel like it,

then I'm not gonna go.

No, that's good, Al.

Well, we're right on schedule here,

and it looks like I'll be home

a week from today.

So you're gonna miss the 4th?

Yep. we'll work that weekend,

and I'll fly out on the 5th.

I should get into O'Hare around 4:38.

I can't wait to see you, Al.

I miss you.

Well, Deb, it's my job.

Sorry. I forgot.

Thank god I didn't say

something really stupid

like "I love you."

And I love you, too, Deb.

Oh, mom, should I ask him...

Hold on. Bobby wants

to say something.

Dad, can I get some fireworks?

No, Bob. Fireworks are illegal.

Good night.

Good night.

How's it going?

Ha ha ha ha!

How's it going, guys?

Ha ha!

How's it going?

Hi, guys.

What the hell

did you invite Fountain for?

Don't worry. He won't show.

He's probably in bed right now

with his nose stuck

in the Abcom manual.

He's probably jerking off to it.

Hell, I'll bet he don't even jerk off.

The guy better not show up, man.

He bugs the sh*t out of me.


Why? He's an a**hole!

Oh, I don't know, Dex.

The way I see,

he's one of those guys

who goes through life like a robot.

He can't help it.

He like a damn machine

on automatic pilot.

I feel kind of sorry for him.


I still think he's an a**hole.

So do I.

You may be right.

Are we gonna play poker

here or what?

Bring those pieces

of pipe over there.

We need that front

end loader around here.

Running like clockwork today, Al.

Turbine's in.

We're ready to run the system check

whenever you want

to give her the juice.

Ok. All right. Systems check.

We'll square that away right now.

Jesus, Al.

You look like sh*t.

What did you do, party all night?

I had a little trouble

sleeping, that's all.

Well, you should

have come by the game.

Yeah, I probably should have.

What's going on, chief?

The job is canceled.

Canceled? what do you mean, canceled?

Canceled over a management decision.

They're giving us all our bonus, and...

They're sending us home.

Dexter moon. There you go, Dex.


Good job, buddy.


All right. Curtis Wiley. Pass this back.

All right. Listen up.

The shuttle van leaves

for the airport at 3:45.

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Tom DiCillo

Thomas A. "Tom" DiCillo (born August 14, 1953) is an American film director, screenwriter and cinematographer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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