Moonrise Kingdom

Synopsis: Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down - which might not be such a bad thing.
Director(s): Wes Anderson
Production: Focus Features
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 38 wins & 118 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

In order to show you how

a big symphony

orchestra is put together,

Benjamin Britten

has written a big piece of music,

which is made up

of smaller pieces

that show you all

the separate parts of the orchestra.

These smaller pieces

are called variations,

which means different ways

of playing the same tune.

First of all,

he lets us hear the tune or the theme,

which is a beautiful melody

by the much older

British composer Henry Purcell.

Here is Purcell's theme

played by the whole orchestra together.

Now, Mr. Britten lets you hear the four

different families of the orchestra

playing the same Purcell theme

in different ways.

First, we hear

the woodwind family.

The flutes, the oboes,

the clarinets and the bassoons.

Here comes the brass family.

The trumpets, the horns,

the trombones and the tubas.

One to four.

Now, Mr. Britten arranges the Purcell theme

for the string family.

I'm sick of this rain.

The violins, the violas, the

cellos and the double basses.

And of course, the harp.

And finally

the percussion family,

all those drums and gongs

and things you hit.

After this, you will

hear the theme by Purcell

played once more in its original

form by all four families together.

That is, the whole orchestra.

This is

the island of New Penzance.

Forested with

old-growth pine and maple.

Criss-crossed by

shallow tidal creeks.

Chickchaw territory.

There are no

paved roads, but...

Here comes Jed with the mail.

But instead many miles of intersecting

footpaths and dirt trails,

and a ferry that

runs twice daily from Stone Cove.

The year is 1965.

We are on the far edge

of Black Beacon Sound,

famous for the ferocious

and well-documented storm,

which will strike from the

east on the 5th of September.

In three days' time.

Morning, Gadge.

Morning, sir.

Deluca, latrine inspection.



how's that lanyard coming?



what's all this lumber for?

We're building a tree house.

- Where?

- Right here.

That's not a safe altitude.

Why is it up so high?

If someone falls from there,

that's a guaranteed death.

Well, where would

you have built it?


Nickleby? What are you doing?

Pest control.

Burning some ants.

Spot check.

Your socks are down,

your shirt tails are untucked,

your trousers are

not properly pressed.

You are reported for

a uniform violation.

How many rockets

you up to, Panagle?

Sixteen and a half, sir.

Is that enough

for the Hullabaloo?

Izod, go fetch another pint of

gunpowder from the armory shed.

Redford! Halt! I saw that!

- How fast were you just going?

- Safety test, sir.

Come again?

The vehicle

appears to be in good working order,

I'm just checking if...

Reckless cycling.

Second warning.

Next time,

I take away the keys.

Morning, Chef.


Who's missing?

- Who's missing?

- Shakusky.

- Shakusky.

- Shakusky.

Shakusky! Breakfast!

Shakusky, you in there?


It's zipped from the inside.

Jiminy Cricket,

he flew the coop.

Hello, this is

Captain Sharp, over.

Captain Sharp, this is Randall

Ward over at Camp Ivanhoe. Over.

Morning, Randy.

What can I do for you? Over.

I'm not sure exactly.

I've got an escaped Khaki Scout. Over.

What does that mean? Over.

One of my boys

seems to have stolen

a miniature canoe and

some fishing tackle,

two bedrolls, plus an air rifle.

And disappeared. Over.

Any idea why? Over.

No. He left me

a letter of resignation. Over.

Dear Scout Master Ward,

I am very sad to inform you

I can no longer be involved

with the Khaki

Scouts of North America.

The rest of the troop

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Wes Anderson

Wesley Wales "Wes" Anderson is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor. His films are known for their distinctive visual and narrative style. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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