Moonrise (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes


Moonrise (1948)




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A man is taunted by home-town schoolmates after his father's execution for murder, and he finds his only solace in his girlfriend. One youth pushes him over the edge, and he is forced to kill in self-defense. His girlfriend urges him to face the authorities, but he wants to flee.

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Dane Clark
as Danny Hawkins
Gail Russell
as Gilly Johnson
Allyn Joslyn
as Clem Otis
Harry Morgan
as Billy Scripture
David Street
as Ken Williams
Selena Royle
as Aunt Jessie
Harry Carey Jr.
as Jimmy Biff
Irving Bacon
as Judd Jenkins
Lloyd Bridges
as Jerry Sykes
Houseley Stevenson Sr.
as Uncle Joe Jingle
Virginia Mullen
as Miss Simpkins
Oliver Blake
as Ed Conlon
Tom Fadden
as Homer Blackstone
Charles Lane
as Man in Black
Helen Wallace
as Martha Otis
Ed Rees
as Barker
John Harmon
as Baseball Attendant
Steven Peck
as Danny (age 7)
Johnny Calkins
as Danny (age 13)
Tommy Ivo
as Jerry (age 7)
Michael Dill
as Jerry (age 13)
Renee Donatt
as Ticket Seller
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Critic Reviews for Moonrise

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

[Borzage's] doom-laden romanticism pervades the movie's visual style as well as its drama.

April 5, 2021 | Full Review…

This is an overlooked gem from one of Hollywood's under-the-radar mavericks, and a tasty slice of small-town noir.

June 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Moonrise earned a solitary Oscar nomination for Best Sound, but if any individual component should be recognized, it's the exceptional cinematography by John L. Russell.

August 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Neither as lightweight as Borzage's prized melodramas nor as bizarre as some of his other obscure titles (Strange Cargo, for instance), Moonrise is morose, melodramatic gem from the most prolific era of film noir.

August 25, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review… of the greatest works by one of Hollywood's most unfairly treated masters.

December 28, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Moonrise is a film... I should hope spurs this drive toward action, helping the viewer to experience the tremendous indignity of something like the death penalty (or any other abuse under the pretense of justice) by touring them through a tortured life.

August 16, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Moonrise


Would have been more aptly titled Mood Rise this noirish drama is all brooding dark places and melancholy thoughts. A first rate cast convey the proper emotions, Gail Russell's liquid haunted eyes are particularly used to good effect but Dane Clark's main character's tortured actions make him frequently hard to root for. The cinematography is wonderfully evocative perhaps one of the best shot noir films out there. The opening scene is great in setting the tone for the rest of the film.

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