Shoot the Moon

There is a sentimental optimism in both Parker's films and Bo Goldman's scripts. So it's no surprise that together they made this Californian coming-to-terms-with-a-relationship movie. Finney plays a successful writer who first picks up a literary award, and then throws up his marriage (to Keaton), four believable daughters, and a large country house. It's a superior film of its kind, for much as one may kick against Finney and Keaton's much-exploited mannerisms (rage and winsomeness respectively), they, like the script, have impressive moments, balancing hilarity and tragedy. But even Parker's direction, with its unerring sense of pace, cannot disguise an awkwardly episodic narrative which just cannot find a sense of an ending.

Release details

Duration: 123 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alan Parker
Screenwriter: Bo Goldman
Cast: Albert Finney
Diane Keaton
Karen Allen
Peter Weller
Dana Hill
Viveka Davis
Tracey Gold
Tina Yothers
Leora Dana
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