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Shoot the Moon

By Richard Farr

Albert Finney (George) and Diane Keaton (Faith) play well against each other in this rather bleak and (for director Alan Parker) subdued story about a middle-class California couple trying and failing to be "grown-up" about divorce. George is a successful writer who has found another woman. After he walks out, Faith takes up with the handsome working-class stud who is building their tennis court (played by Peter Weller). Her new relationship is just something to ease the pain; George's might be more, except that he is drawn back again and again to his own house, his own wife, and his three daughters--especially the eldest (Dana Hill), who angrily refuses to forgive his dereliction. Increasingly unbalanced, and finally violent, he tries to bully his way back into their lives while maintaining his new life. The movie is too slow, and the surprisingly clichéd emotional atmospherics (a lingering shot of Finney in a boat on a lake, clutching his head in grief) sometimes make you feel you have stumbled into a bad made-for-TV event. But the story's the thing--that and the two fine leading performances.

 

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Director: Alan Parker

Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Karen Allen, Peter Weller, Dana Hill, Viveka Davis, Tracey Gold, Tina Yothers, Leora Dana

Released: February 19, 1982

Availability: VHS


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