- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 14, 2009
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
In 1969, just as the Apollo 11 astronauts are about to journey to the moon, science teacher Washington Bellamy (Ted Danson) decides to take his 11-year-old son Andy (Ryan Todd) on a road trip until their 1949 Pontiac Chief has the same mileage as the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Meanwhile Washington's reclusive wife Katherine (Mary Steenburgen) stays at home struggling with her fear of the outside world--until the miraculous moon landing reignites the entire family's capacity for joy and wonder.
A dysfunctional family reunites during the Apollo XI moon landing in this drama starring real-life couple Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. In 1969, eccentric teacher Washington Bellamy (Danson) turns the arrival of men on the moon into a science project for his son Andy (Ryan Todd). They drive across the country to Idaho's Spires of the Moon National Park, where the odometer of Washington's classic Pontiac Chief will read 238,857, the exact mileage traveled by Apollo XI. Left behind is wife and mother Katherine (Steenburgen), an agoraphobic who never recovered emotionally from a miscarriage seven years earlier. On the road, Washington and Andy encounter a Native American soldier (Eric Schweig), a flirty barfly (Cathy Moriarty) and Washington's long-lost brother (Max Gail). Back home, Katherine nervously ventures outside to follow her family. When Washington's car breaks down, he steals a new engine, bringing the authorities after him and leading to a rendezvous at the park between father, son, mother, and cops, as the astronauts simultaneously land on the moon. Pontiac Moon (1994) was a critical lemon for director Peter Medak, who enjoyed more success with his British crime dramas such as The Krays (1990) and Let Him Have It (1991).
Inspired by the Apollo moon landing, Washington Bellamy, an oddball teacher and frustrated husband, comes up with a wacky idea: he'll take his son on a roadtrip to Spires of the Moon National Park, a voyage with the same mileage between the earth to the moon. His neurotic wife must confront her own anxieties, especially an extreme case of agoraphobia, to follow them cross-country. While on the road, the family learns new things about each other, and before long, gains a newfound sense of love and respect.