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April Delongpre (Sherilyn Fenn) is the well-born, 21-year-old, eldest daughter of a powerful Alabama senator and heiress to an old and respectable Southern family. After graduating from college, April returns home to her parent’s house for the summer to await her semiarranged marriage to her fiancé Chad Douglas Fairchild (Martin Hewitt).
When a carnival comes to the town, April and Chad accompany April’s two younger sisters to the fairgrounds, where April sees from a distance a rugged carnival roustabout and drifter named Perry (Richard Tyson). When April accidentally leaves her purse behind in one of the rides, Perry returns it to her and introduces himself (after having looked inside and gotten April’s name and home address). Intrigued by the mysterious drifter, April returns to the carnival that evening to talk with Perry, but she refuses his advances.
A few days later, while Chad is away for the weekend on business and her parents and siblings are also away, April begins a sordid affair with Perry when he shows up one morning at April’s house and uses her shower. Despite telling him to leave, April cannot restrain her urges for Perry and the two of them have sex. April cries afterwords over it and Perry leaves.
The next day, April visits her fraternal grandmother Belle Delongpre (Louise Fletcher), who is aware about April’s secret urges towards rugged men due to April confiding in Belle about her past infatuations. After April leaves, Belle asks the local sheriff Earl Hawkins (Burl Ives) to keep an eye on her.
April returns to the carnival that evening to see Perry, only to become dismayed and jealous when she finds him drunk and in the company of a fellow drifter and cowgirl who introduces herself as Patti Jean (Kristy McNichol) who takes April with her in Perry’s truck for a “bourbon run” to get more hard liquor for himself. During the drive, Patti rambles on about her life and hometown and clearly flirts with April. At the carnival, when a ride malfunctions and endangers the people on it, Perry gets into a brawl with other fairground workers. Patti Jean and April return and join in on the brawl until Perry’s pet dog is killed by one of the workers and the rest of them order Perry and the women to leave.
After burying his dog in a field, April and Patti Jean take the depressed Perry out to a bar and pool hall where Patti Jean again flirts with April and invites her to dance with her. However, instead of taking advantage of April’s curiosity, Patti urges her to go back to Perry and continue their tryst. After Patti Jean leaves town, Perry takes April on a ride on his motorcycle, where they check into a motel and have sex again.
In the morning, April leaves Perry to pick up her car, which she left behind at the fairgrounds after the carnival moves out, unaware that Sheriff Hawkins is following her. April returns to the motel and gets into a big argument with Perry when she catches him flirting with two motel housekeepers.
To defuse their tension, she takes him out to have breakfast at a local restaurant, where she tells him more about her life and about a family property at the edge of a lake called the Two Moon Junction which is her childhood playground. However, April tells Perry that they must part ways, as she must return home and to her privileged life. After she leaves, Sheriff Hawkins appears and arrests Perry for burying his dog on private property of a local farm. Hawkins forces Perry to dig up his dog and burn it, and then drives him to the state line and gives Perry an implied threat never to come around the area again.
Two Moon Junction is a 1988 American erotic thriller romance film written and directed by Zalman King, starring Sherilyn Fenn and Richard Tyson. The original music score is composed by Jonathan Elias. The film is noted for the final film appearances of Burl Ives and Hervé Villechaize, as well as the theatrical film debut of Milla Jovovich.
Two Moon Junction (1988)
Directed by: Zalman King
Starring: Sherilyn Fenn, Richard Tyson, Louise Fletcher, Burl Ives, Kristy McNichol, Martin Hewitt, Juanita Moore, Milla Jovovich, Nicole Rosselle, Kerry Remsen
Screenplay by: MacGregor Douglas, Zalman King
Production Design by: Michelle Minch
Cinematography by: Mark Plummer
Film Editing by: Marc Grossman
Costume Design by: Maria Mancuso
Set Decoration by: Susan Mina Eschelbach
Art Direction by: Sarah Burdick Stone
Music by: Jonathan Elias
Distributed by: Lorimar Film Entertainment
Release Date: April 22, 1988