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Moonlight (2016)

R | | Drama | 18 November 2016 (USA)
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A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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Terrence
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Azu (as Duan 'Sandy' Sanderson)
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Little (as Alex Hibbert)
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Herman 'Caheei McGloun ...
Longshoreman (as Herman 'Caheej' McCloun)
Kamal Ani-Bellow ...
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Keomi Givens ...
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Eddie Blanchard ...
Portable Boy 3
Rudi Goblen ...
Gee
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Terrel
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Three time periods - young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult - in the life of African-American, gay Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother, Paula, in a crime-ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn't understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same-aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan's caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula's abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$402,075 (USA) (21 October 2016)

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$27,842,739 (USA) (21 April 2017)
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Naomie Harris had to shoot her entire role in three days, in between her promotional tour of Spectre (2015), due to a visa problem (Harris is British). The scenes spanned 15 years in the character's life and were filmed out of sequence. See more »

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When Juan drives Little around modern cars can be seen driving in front of them. See more »

Quotes

Kevin (16): What you cry about?
Chiron: I should have cried too much sometimes I feel like I'm just gonna turn into drops.
Kevin (16): Just roll out into the water, right? Roll out into the water just like all these other muthafuckers around here trying to drown their sorrow.
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Referenced in Lorraine: Episode dated 27 February 2017 (2017) See more »

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Our Love
Written by Cornelius Cade
Performed by The Edge of Daybreak
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By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Two wasted hours
26 February 2017 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Yes, it had good acting. Yes, it was technically well made. But there's no there there. For us it never achieved liftoff. It kept plodding on and on, nothing really wrong with it, but nothing to justify spending two hours on. In the end (and at the end) we were left wondering, why is the end now? Why not 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after? Possibly a good movie for film buffs/critics who are tired of the same old thing, but for the occasional movie goer, we can do better.


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