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Moonrise Kingdom

Shot on Super 16-millimeter and set mainly inside a 15-mile radius, this fairy-tale period piece (2012) is Wes Anderson's most intimate film since Bottle Rocket (1996) and maybe his most deeply felt overall. It takes place in 1965 on a fictional island called New Penzance, where a 12-year-old orphan runs away from scout camp with a morose girl he considers his soul mate. A group of adults—the girl's parents (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand), the boy's scout master (Edward Norton), a local sheriff (Bruce Willis)—organize a search and in the process coalesce into a little family of lonely depressives. As usual, Anderson's densely imagined mise-en-scene contains many allusions to movies, music, and literature (Benjamin Britten's orchestral work being a key touchstone); what's different this time is that most of the cultural references grow naturally from the characterization.



  • Wes Anderson


  • Bruce Willis
  • Edward Norton
  • Bill Murray
  • Frances McDormand
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Jared Gilman
  • Kara Hayward
  • Bob Balaban
  • Lucas Hedges
  • Charlie Kilgore
  • Andreas Sheikh
  • Chandler Frantz
  • Rob Campbell
  • L.J. Foley
  • Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
  • Tommy Nelson
  • Larry Pine
  • Marianna Bassham
  • Neal Huff
  • Eric Anderson


  • Wes Anderson
  • Scott Rudin
  • Steven Rales
  • Jeremy Dawson
  • Sam Hoffman
  • Mark Roybal

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