Shoot the Moon (1982)

Shoot the Moon (1982)

A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated. He’s preoccupied with a career and a mistress, she with a career and caring for four young children. While they attempt to go their separate ways, jealousy and bitterness reconnect them.

Shoot the Moon is a 1982 drama film directed by Alan Parker, written by Bo Goldman and starring Albert Finney and Diane Keaton, in their Golden Globe-nominated performances. The film also features Peter Weller, Karen Allen and Dana Hill. The film was entered into the 1982 Cannes Film Festival.

About the Story

The marriage of Faith and George Dunlap is in trouble. From a distance, the marriage seemed to be the picture of domestic bliss, a successful author with a beautiful wife and four daughters living in a converted farmhouse that he refurbished. But a crisis is growing at home.

George has a mistress, Sandy, and wants to be with her. The trouble is that he doesn’t want Faith to be with anyone else in return. George is searching for the courage to leave home, but hates the thought of his family and possessions in another man’s hands.

Handsome Frank Henderson is hired by Faith to build a tennis court. It is not clear whether she develops true feelings for Frank or simply wishes to even the score with her unfaithful husband, but for whatever reason, Faith begins an affair.

Their daughters resent George for breaking up the family, especially the youngest daughter Sherry. Faith presents a false facade, planning to attend an evening in George’s honor as he accepts a book award, but George grows increasingly irrational as the women in his life prepare for life without him.

Shoot the Moon Movie Poster (1982)

Shoot the Moon (1982)

Directed by: Alan Parker
Starring: Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Karen Allen, Peter Weller, Dana Hill, Viveka Davis, Tracey Gold, Tina Yothers, Leora Dana
Screenplay by: Bo Goldman
Production Design by: Geoffrey Kirkland
Cinematography by: Michael Seresin
Film Editing by: Gerry Hambling
Costume Design by: Kristi Zea
Set Decoration by: Robert Nelson, Doug von Koss
Art Direction by: W. Stewart Campbell
Distributed by: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, United Artists
Release Date: February 19, 1982