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- Mahershala Ali
- Shariff Earp
- Duan Sanderson
- Alex R. Hibbert
- Janelle Monáe
- Naomie Harris
- Jaden Piner
- Herman 'Caheei McGloun
- Kamal Ani-Bellow
- Keomi Givens
Did You Know?
- The film is based on the unproduced play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue" by MacArthur Fellow Tarell Alvin McCraney.
- During a majority of Little's timeline (which is supposed to be set around the 1980s or 1990s), modern day cars are shown driving around - especially when Juan drives Little around in his car.
- [to Little]
- Juan: Let me tell you something, man. There are black people everywhere. You remember that, okay? No place you can go in the world ain't got no black people, we was the first on this planet.
- [Slight pause]
- Juan: I've been here a long time. I'm from Cuba. Lotta black folks in Cuba. You wouldn't know that from being here, though. I was a wild little shorty, man. Just like you. Running around with no shoes on, when the moon was out. This one time, I ran by this old... this old lady. I was runnin' and hollerin', and cuttin' a fool, boy. This old lady, she stopped me. She said...
- [He pauses]
- [Imitating an old lady's voice]
- Juan: "Runnin' around, catching up all that light. In moonlight, black boys look blue. You blue, that's what I'm gon' call you. 'Blue'."
- Little: So your name 'Blue'?
- Juan: Nah.
- [Another pause]
- [to Little]
- Juan: At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you gonna be. Can't let nobody make that decision for you.
Atom User Reviews
Woooo! I only vaguely knew what the movie was about...I wasn't prepared for the wave of emotions! Beautifully done, and very REAL.
There's no real plot line
Moonlight is one of those movies that showers its audience with blessings: raw yet accomplished performances from a uniformly fine cast, casually lyrical camerawork, and a frankly romantic soundtrack that runs the gamut from ’70s Jamaican pop to a Mexican folk song crooned by the Brazilian Caetano Veloso. But the film’s greatest gift may be that flood of cleansing tears—which, by the time this spare but affecting film was over, I was also shedding in copious volume.
Barry Jenkins' Moonlight pulls you into its introspective protagonist's world from the start and transfixes throughout as it observes, with uncommon poignancy and emotional perceptiveness, his roughly two-decade path to find a definitive answer to the question, Who am I?
Ambitious in scope but precise in its execution, this deceptively small-scale character piece reverberates with compassion and insight.