Box of Moonlight

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Box of Moonlight
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom DiCillo
Produced by Thomas Bliss
Marcus Viscidi
Written by Tom DiCillo
Starring John Turturro
Sam Rockwell
Catherine Keener
Lisa Blount
Annie Corley
Dermot Mulroney
Music by Jim Farmer
Stan Ridgway
Cinematography Paul Ryan
Edited by Camila Toniolo
Distributed by Box of Moonlight Pictures Corporation
Release date
August 30, 1996 (Italy)
July 25, 1997 (USA)
Running time
112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $782,641

Box of Moonlight is a 1996 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tom DiCillo and starring John Turturro, Sam Rockwell, Lisa Blount and Catherine Keener.


Al Fountain is a methodic and somewhat neurotic engineer. On the way home from work after leaving his construction site, he takes a side trip for nostalgia's sake in the woodland area. There he meets Buck "The Kid", an eccentric character who gives him a new perspective on his life.



The hotel that Turturro's character stays at during his trip is still[when?] an actual operating hotel in Maryville, Tennessee, that is still named the 411 Motel, on Hwy 411. Many of the scenes were shot in South Knoxville near Seymour.

The wrestling scenes that Al and The Kid watch were filmed during an actual Smoky Mountain Wrestling event with Buddy Landell as the good guy and Headbanger Thrasher as "Saddam Insane" in 1995.

Most of the in-town driving scenes were filmed in East and North Knoxville, Maryville, and Alcoa. Many of the routes are not consistent.

DVD release[edit]

The 1998 Lions Gate release includes a "secret" commentary by Tom DiCillo that is not listed on the packaging.

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