The personal turning points of a family in crisis are portrayed against the backdrop of one of America's most tumultuous summers in this drama. In 1969, Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane) is spending the summer at a resort in the Catskills. Married to TV repairman Marty (Liev Schreiber) and the mother of two children, respectably middle-class Pearl feels trapped by domestic life and inwardly lusts after a traveling salesman named Walker (Viggo Mortensen). When Marty is called back to the city one weekend, Pearl impulsively arranges to meet Walker at a music festival going on in nearby Bethel, New York -- The Woodstock Music and Art Fair. However, Pearl doesn't realize that her teenage daughter Alison (Anna Paquin) has secret plans of her own, and when mother and daughter meet in the midst of hippiedoms's most celebrated moment, both have a lot of explaining to do, to each other and to Marty. A Walk On The Moon was produced in part by Dustin Hoffman, and premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Diane Lane is great in this movie as always. The story line is wonderful, deals with real life problems and how they work through them. Not your cookie cutter movie, makes you think and feel thankful for what you have. I think there is ALOT to be learned from this movie. A must see.
I'm sure this movie is really good, I KNOW it is. But, to have this on my 'queue' for over 6 months is unacceptable. I merely bought it at Amazon.com for $7.69. I got tired of waiting. Blockbuster is not helpful AT ALL in these instances. They should buy more copies of this movie--it is available!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gorgeously shot, thoughtful, sensual movie. I almost call it a period piece, as it captures the feel of the early 60s so well. The actors are so on the spot with the subtle emotions. Liev Schreiber's very understated, stoic mannerism is a great match to Diane Lane's intense desperation and restlessness. It's the movie that made me a definite fan of hers.
Walk is a delightful period film that should leave most viewers feeling good. It will especially appeal to people who grew up on the east coast in the 50's and 60's.
There are some cornball touches in the film ("The knish man is now here" announced over the camp PA in MASH style, the lovable yet non-meddlesome Bubby, etc.), but overall the acting was strong and the story entertaining. Leiv Schreiber and Anna Paquin were especially good. Unfortunately Diane Lane was not convincing as a New Yorker. While her acting was good, her accent changed throughout the film, which I found annoying.
Will anyone younger than 50 and not from NY/NJ really get this film? Woodstock, NY/Jewish slang, and the excitement of the 1st walk on the moon are significant milestones for some people, but may leave other's scratching their heads asking, what's the big deal? I guess you'll have to see the movie to find out.
After experiencing a divorce and having a few years to regain/reevaluate my life, my appreciation for the film has increased. Pamala Gray's script is a perfect example of a "distant writer" play, ala Shakespeare. She chooses no sides: no shallow good/bad characters, no easy answers, no thinking for us - hence the debates online. How do couples allow other's rules - and even day-to-day responsibilities - override the passion that brought them together?
A good film for sterile marriages, those who feel trapped, and those, as "Lilian" warns, "are drowning."
Judy N. 4/1/10
Disappointing. Pitiful how Pearl and Marty both gave up on education and life ambitions and settled for an existence which could have been ok if they both weren't so unhappy and frustrated.
If you're looking for a romantic comedy date movie, this may be a little too heavy in some ways. If you view wives cheating on their husbands as a bad thing, you probably won't find this all that uplifting. That said, this movie is very well acted and directed and worth a watch.