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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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Azu (as Duan 'Sandy' Sanderson)
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Little (as Alex Hibbert)
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Longshoreman (as Herman 'Caheej' McGloun)
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Gee (as Rudi Goblin)
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Three time periods - young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult - in the life of black-American 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 Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than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 in terms... Written by Huggo

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This is the story of a lifetime.

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

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18 November 2016 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,488,740 (USA) (18 November 2016)

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$27,850,912 (USA) (28 April 2017)
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Trivia

The film is based on the unproduced play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue" by MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney. See more »

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When Juan drops off Little at his home, modern CDs are shown in the car. See more »

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[last lines]
Black: [to Kevin] You the only man that's ever touched me.
[long pause]
Black: You're the only one.
[long pause]
Black: I haven't really touched anyone since.
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Disappointingly dull
27 February 2017 | by (Southsea) – See all my reviews

The 10 star reviews are shocking and Best Picture Oscar are shocking. I found the film tedious and dull. Nothing engaging or interesting to draw my attention away from the awful dialogue and predictable story arcs. Whilst I haven't seen any films about gay black men growing up in poverty, this film told me nothing about that struggle that I couldn't have written myself on the back of an envelope. If the academy felt compelled to give Best Picture to a film featuring actors of colour, both Hidden Figures and Lion were far more deserving.


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