|It's the day before the 1989 hunting season opens. For generations, the men of the soady family have trekked to the same ramshackle deer camp north of escanaba in michigan's upper peninsula to drink, cause a little bit of trouble, and bag bucks.|
"...your basic zany movie [with] ...alot of heart and wisdom at the end of the jokes. Tom Long, The Detroit News
Editor's Note43-year-old Reuben Soady (Jeff Daniels) is making a name for himself in the history of his family by being the only sibling to never successfully bag a buck. The 1989 hunting season in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is about to begin and the Soady clan is about to carry on their tradition of deer hunting. In order for the bumbling Reuben to succeed this time out, he is forced to change a few small family rituals. These changes bring on nothing but mayhem as Reuben causes a chain reaction of wild events.
Cast & Crew
|Wayne David Parker|
|Richard Brauer - Cinematographer|
|Jeff Daniels - Director|
|Robert Tomlinson - Editor|
|Tom Spiroff - Producer|
|Jeff Daniels - Producer|
|Christopher Carothers - Production Designer|
|Jeff Daniels - Writer|
Customer Reviews of Escanaba in Da Moonlight
The hunting movie to end all hunting movies!5/6/2012
As a native of Michigan, this movie was a must for my DVD collection. I hadn't seen it, but felt it was my obligation to buy it - even if it ended up being terrible. Boy I'm glad I did! It is a film that pokes some good-hearted fun at the people who live in the upper peninsula (Yoopers!) as well as deer hunters. As a person whose lifestyle is antipodal to the whole "outdoorsman / sportsman" scene, this was quite a comical story. Not one I could really "relate" to, mind you, but jovial nonetheless. In between the Jimmer and the DNR man you're sure to have a smile on your face by the time the closing credits come up. As others have likely mentioned, this feature gets pretty strange (to say the least). In fact, the subtitle could have been "HUNTING TRIP OF THE ABSURD." But just remember - it's all in good fun. This is not the type of film that would even try to win any awards. If Samuel Beckett were a hunter, he would have loved this movie. In fact, if Beckett had been a Michigander, he might have WRITTEN this movie!