Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

PG-13 | 94 mins | Drama | 25 May 2012

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HISTORY

In a Jun 2012 Playboy interview with Wes Anderson, the director said he initially began the project with just thirteen pages of notes and dialogue that he showed to Roman Coppola for suggestions and the two then began collaborating on the script. In another interview in the Jun 2012 WSJ , Anderson also said that he knew wanted to use Benjamin Britten's music in the film before the script was written.
       Before full production on the film commenced, Anderson also said in the Playboy interview that he and a small crew filmed several scenes without the entire cast so he could later decide how to film scenes once everybody was assembled. Production notes at the AMPAS library mention that Anderson filmed these pre-production scenes with the child actors who worked on unscripted, improved scenes. To help the two main child actors, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, get comfortable with each other, Anderson instructed them to write actual letters to each other as their respective characters.
       To inspire the specialized look of the film's time period, art director Gerald Sullivan remarked that Anderson had amassed a large collection of photographs for the art department to use as reference. The costume designs for the Noah's Ark church play came from an actual school production that Wes Anderson performed in school in the late 1970s. The production notes additionally remark upon other specific details of the film, including "Captain Sharp's" home being an actual 1952 Spartanette trailer, the raccoon sculptures on the canoes and some totem poles were created by local artist James Langston, the company Tentsmiths custom-made the Khaki Scouts tents and 350 custom Khaki Scouts ... More Less

In a Jun 2012 Playboy interview with Wes Anderson, the director said he initially began the project with just thirteen pages of notes and dialogue that he showed to Roman Coppola for suggestions and the two then began collaborating on the script. In another interview in the Jun 2012 WSJ , Anderson also said that he knew wanted to use Benjamin Britten's music in the film before the script was written.
       Before full production on the film commenced, Anderson also said in the Playboy interview that he and a small crew filmed several scenes without the entire cast so he could later decide how to film scenes once everybody was assembled. Production notes at the AMPAS library mention that Anderson filmed these pre-production scenes with the child actors who worked on unscripted, improved scenes. To help the two main child actors, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, get comfortable with each other, Anderson instructed them to write actual letters to each other as their respective characters.
       To inspire the specialized look of the film's time period, art director Gerald Sullivan remarked that Anderson had amassed a large collection of photographs for the art department to use as reference. The costume designs for the Noah's Ark church play came from an actual school production that Wes Anderson performed in school in the late 1970s. The production notes additionally remark upon other specific details of the film, including "Captain Sharp's" home being an actual 1952 Spartanette trailer, the raccoon sculptures on the canoes and some totem poles were created by local artist James Langston, the company Tentsmiths custom-made the Khaki Scouts tents and 350 custom Khaki Scouts uniforms had to be created for the large crowd scenes.
       The film was shot in Rhode Island and locations used include Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay, the 1,800-acre Camp Yawgoog and the Trinity Church in Newport. A former lighthouse, the Conanicut Light in Jamestown, RI, served as the exterior of the Bishop family home. The house interiors were built inside an empty mall store in Middletown, RI and were inspired by the interiors of Comfort Island in Alexandria Bay on the St. Lawrence River, Stafford House in Georgia, the Cottage at Ten Chimneys in Wisconsin and Clingstone in Rhode Island. A review from the 25 May 2012 LA Weekly also noted that the film was shot in Super 16mm, a format designed for higher quality "blow-ups" to 1.85 35mm film.
       A 10 Mar 2012 LAT article reported that the film would open the Cannes Film Festival on 16 May and would be the first film Anderson would ever screen at the fest. Then, according to a 29 May 2012 LAT article, the film opened over Memorial Day weekend in just four theaters in New York City and Los Angeles and made $669,486, giving it the highest per-screen average – $130,752 – of any live action movie ever. Eventually, the film would make $46 million at the U.S. box office, making it Anderson's biggest live-action hit, as reported in a 28 Oct 2012 Var article.
       Critical reception of the film was also positive, with the 25 May 2012 LA Weekly review calling it Anderson's "most realized work" while the 25 May 2012 NYT review remarked upon the film's "deliberate, self-conscious once-upon-a-time quality."
       Moonrise Kingdom was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year in 2012. It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category Best Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical, and for an Academy Award for Writing (Original Screenplay).
       The end credits begin with the following Special Thanks to: "Juman Malouf, Texas Anderson, Mel & Stephanie Anderson, Michael Chabon, Wally Wolodarsky & Maya Forbes, Erasmus & Helene Lischio, Don & Heather Minto, Paul Forbes & Tom Sisson of Camp Yawgoog, South Kingstown Land Trust & The Town of South Kingstown, RI, Mike Hurley of Lincoln Woods State Park, The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, Laurie Cubellis, Henry Wood & Clingstone House, Rev. Anne Marie Richards & Trinity Church, Newport, Tad Clark & The Comfort Island Family, Gogo & Dave Ferguson, Michael Cioffi, Agnés Jaoui, Ann Adkins, Rhode Island Children's Chorus, The Ocean House Resort, Warren Schummer & The San Fernando Valley Mercantile Co., Stephen J. Eads, Andrew Groothuis, Dana Ross, Jill Bogdanowicz, Commander Sean Carroll, Chief Warrant Officer Chad Saylor; In appreciation for support provided by The United States Coast Guard Film and Television Office and U.S. Coast Guard Station Point Judith."
       The end credits also include the following dedication: "In Memoriam David S. Anderson, Narragansett Council, B.S.A., For his enthusiastic encouragement and generosity – and his invaluable scouting guidance."
       The end credits also include the following acknowledgements: "Tang© is a registered trademark of Kraft Foods Global Inc. and is used with permission," "U.S. Mail and USPS Corporate Logo are trademarks of the United States Postal Service and are used with permission," 'Orphans' Asylum, Mexico City' photograph by Eugenio Espino Barros Rebouche," "Alejandro Berger/Footage Search," "With grateful acknowledgement to the State of Rhode Island and Steven Feinberg, Rhode Island Film & Television Office," "This production participated in the New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture and Television Development Post-Production Credit Program." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 May 2012
p. 1, 12.
LA Weekly
25 May 2012
p. 45.
Los Angeles Times
10 Mar 2012
Section D, p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
25 May 2012
Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
29 May 2012
Section D, p. 4.
New York Times
25 May 2012
p. 1.
Playboy
Jun 2012
p. 72, 160, 162-163.
Variety
28 Oct 2012
p. 14.
WSJ
Jun 2012.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Introducing
as
With Troop 55:
as
And
as
Additional Cast (in order of appearance):
Fort Lebanon Khaki Scouts:
[and]
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Focus Features & Indian Paintbrush Present
An American Empirical Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Co-prod
Co-prod
Assoc prod
Co-prod for Scott Rudin
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Loader
"B" cam op
"B" cam 1st asst cam
Steadicam op
Steadicam op
Cam intern
Cam intern
2d unit dir of photog
Still photog
Documentarian
Supv key grip
Key grip
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Company grip
Company grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
Addl grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Addl rigging grip
Addl rigging grip
Addl rigging grip
Addl rigging grip
Addl rigging grip
Addl rigging grip
Addl rigging grip
Addl rigging grip
Addl rigging grip
Best boy elec
Generator op
Lamp op
Dimmer board op
Rigging gaffer
Best boy rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Elec intern
Film dailies by
Dailies prod, Technicolor New York
Dailies col, Technicolor New York
Dailies asst, Technicolor New York
Dailies asst, Technicolor New York
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Art dept coord
Graphic artist
Art dept asst
Art dept prod asst
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Storyboard artist
Animatic ed
Addl graphics
Addl graphics
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Sam's artwork
Set dec
Prop master
Set dressing foreman
Key on-set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dec prod asst
Set dec prod asst
Set dec intern
Asst prop
Asst prop
Asst prop
Asst prop
Const coord
Gen foreman
Gang boss
Gang boss
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Propmaker
Charge scenic
Scenic foreman
Gang boss
On-set scenic
Sign painter
Key greens
Greens
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Scenics
Noah's Ark stained glass
Des, Venturella Studios
Fabricator, Venturella Studios
Book cover artwork
Book cover artwork
Book cover artwork
Book cover artwork
Book cover artwork
Book cover artwork
COSTUMES
Asst cost des
Asst cost des
Ward supv
Key cost
Set cost
Key tailor
Cost coord
Cost prod asst
Buyer, NY
Mask maker
Addl cost const
Addl cost const
Uniform pattern maker
Cost intern
Cost intern
Cost intern
Cost intern
Cost intern
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus orch and cond
Mus clearances
Score rec eng
Khaki drum marches rec and mixing
Copyist
Copyist
Auricle op
Mus ed
Mus coord
Orch contractor
Violin
Concertmaster
Violin
Violin
Violin
Violin
Violin
Violin
Violin
Violin
Violin
Violin
Violin
Violin
Viola
Viola
Cello
Cello
Cello
Horn
Tuba
Percussion
Percussion
Percussion
Trombone
Trombone
Trombone
Keyboards
Guitar
Guitar
Harp
Clarinet and soprano sax
Tenor and bari sax
Bassoon
Contrabasson
Trumpet and bugle [Piccolo trumpet solo]
Trumpet and bugle
Trumpet and bugle
Flute and piccolo
Flute and piccolo
Addl bass
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
Moonrise Kingdom bass/baritone chorus
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd utility
Sd supv/Sd re-rec mixer
Sd re-rec mixer
Dial ed
ADR ed
ADR rec
Dial asst
ADR stage
New York, NY
Foley artist
Foley eng
Mixed at
Asst re-rec mixer
Studio coord
Digital supv, Look Effects
Digital supv, Look Effects
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Visual eff
Visual eff supv, Look Effects
Visual eff prod, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Digital artist, Look Effects
Visual eff ed
Addl visual eff
Addl visual eff
Title des
End title anim
Visual eff prod, Fantasy II
Visual eff supv, Fantasy II
Visual eff dir of photog, Fantasy II
Lead model maker, Fantasy II
Office coord, Fantasy II
Const prod asst, Fantasy II
Const prod asst, Fantasy II
Key set prod asst, Fantasy II
1st asst cam, Fantasy II
MAKEUP
Dept head hair
Dept head make-up
Key hair stylist
Addl hair stylist
Addl hair stylist
Addl hair stylist
Key make-up artist
Addl make-up artist
Hair/Make-up intern
Hair/Make-up intern
Hair/Make-up intern
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Safety diver
Set medic
Set medic
Const medic
Loc mgr
Prod supv
Prod assoc
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod secy
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Film runner
Film runner
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
DGA trainee
Staff set asst
Staff set asst
Staff set asst
Asst to Mr. Anderson
Exec asst to Mr. Rudin
Asst to Mr. Rudin
Asst to Mr. Rudin
Asst to Mr. Rudin
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Loc asst
Loc coord
Loc prod asst
Loc prod asst
Loc intern
Loc intern
Prod accountant
1st asst accountant
Payroll accountant
Addl asst accountant
Accounting clerk
Completion bond
Completion bond, Film Finances
Completion bond, Film Finances
Post-prod accounting
Post-prod accounting, Trevanna Post, Inc.
Payroll services provided by
Collection account management
Prod legal services
Prod insurance
Prod insurance, De Witt Stern
Prod insurance, De Witt Stern
Rhode Island legal counsel
Rhode Island legal counsel, Adler Pollock & Sheeha
Rhode Island legal counsel, Adler Pollock & Sheeha
Addl legal services
Addl legal services
Clearances
Scr res provided by
Unit pub
Studio teacher
Studio teacher
Studio teacher
Animal coord
Key craft services
2d craft services
Prod chef
Casting assoc, NY
Casting assoc, LA
Massachusetts/New Hampshire casting
Extras casting
Transportation capt
[Transportation] co-capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Car service, NY
Water taxi
Finance exec, Indian Paintbrush
Bus affairs exec, Indian Paintbrush
Controller, Indian Paintbrush
Exec, Indian Paintbrush
Asst to Mr. Rales
Asst to Ms. Wettstein & Mr. McPartlin
Post-prod supv
Post-prod asst
Post-prod intern
Post-prod intern
Post-prod intern
Post-prod intern
Post-prod services provided by
STAND INS
Sam double
Suzy double
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
ANIMATION
Map anim
COLOR PERSONNEL
Digital intermediate by
New York
Digital intermediate col, Technicolor New York
Digital intermediate prod, Technicolor New York
Digital intermediate ed, Technicolor New York
Digital intermediate eng, Technicolor New York
VFX artist, Technicolor New York
Digital restoration, Technicolor New York
Digital restoration, Technicolor New York
Avid tech, Technicolor New York
Account exec, Technicolor New York
Film scanning and rec by
Los Angeles
Film scanning and rec prod, Technicolor Los Angele
Film scanning, Technicolor Los Angeles
Film scanning, Technicolor Los Angeles
Film scanning, Technicolor Los Angeles
Film rec, Technicolor Los Angeles
Film rec, Technicolor Los Angeles
Film rec, Technicolor Los Angeles
Film rec, Technicolor Los Angeles
Laboratory col timer, Technicolor Los Angeles
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Khaki Scout Marches," by Mark Mothersbaugh, performed by Peter Jarvis and his Drum Corps
"The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34 (Themes A-F)," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic, courtesy of Sony Masterworks, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"Playful Pizzicato from Simple Symphony Op. 4," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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MUSIC
"Khaki Scout Marches," by Mark Mothersbaugh, performed by Peter Jarvis and his Drum Corps
"The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Op. 34 (Themes A-F)," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic, courtesy of Sony Masterworks, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"Playful Pizzicato from Simple Symphony Op. 4," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Soave Sia il Vento (from 'Cosi Fan Tutti')," written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Romeo Fidanza, Make Goufan and Sophie Fejoz, courtesy of Les Films A4
"Le Carnaval des Animaux: 'Voliére,' 'Pianistes,' 'Le Coucou au Fond des Bois,' 'Aquarium'," written by Camille Saint-Sains, performed by Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic, courtesy of Sony Masterworks, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"An die Musik," written by Franz Schubert, performed by l'Ensemble Vocal, courtesy of Les Films A4
"Variation 'An die Musik'," written by Franz Schubert, arranged by Philippe Rombi, performed by l'Orchestre Symphonique Bel'Arte, courtesy of Les Films A4
"The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34: Fugue: Allegro Motto," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic, courtesy of Sony Masterworks, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing.
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SONGS
"Take These Chains from My Heart," written by Fred Rose and Hy Heath, performed by Hank Williams, courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Kaw-Liga," written by Hank Williams and Fred Rose, performed by Hank Williams, courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: Noye, Noye, Take Thou Thy Company," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by Trevor Anthony, Owen Brannigan, David Pinto, Darian Argadi, Stephen Alexander, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O'Donovan, Chorus of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar, courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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SONGS
"Take These Chains from My Heart," written by Fred Rose and Hy Heath, performed by Hank Williams, courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Kaw-Liga," written by Hank Williams and Fred Rose, performed by Hank Williams, courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: Noye, Noye, Take Thou Thy Company," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by Trevor Anthony, Owen Brannigan, David Pinto, Darian Argadi, Stephen Alexander, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O'Donovan, Chorus of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar, courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"A Midsummer Night's Dream Act 2: 'On the Ground, Stop Sound'," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by Choir of Downside School, Purley, Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys' Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Long Gone Lonesome Blues," written and performed by Hank Williams, courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Honky Tonkin'," written and performed by Hank Williams, courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Le Temps de l'Amour," written by Lucien Morisse-André Salvet and Jacques Dutronc, performed by Françoise Hardy, courtesy of Disques Vogue S.A., Paris, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"Songs from 'Friday Afternoons,' Op. 7: Cuckoo!," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten, courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Ramblin' Man," written and performed by Hank Williams, courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Cold Cold Heart," written and performed by Hank Williams, courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Songs from 'Friday Afternoons,' Op. 7: Old Abram Brown," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten, courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: The Spacious Firmament on High," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, Owen Brannigan, Sheila Rex, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O'Donovan, Patricia Garrod, Margaret Hawes, Kathleen Petch, Gillian Saunders, Trevor Anthony, Chorus of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar, courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Noye's Fludde, Op. 59: Noye, Take Thy Wife Anone," written by Benjamin Britten, performed by Trevor Anthony, Chorus of Animals, Sheila Rex, David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar, courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited, under license from Universal Music Enterprises.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
25 May 2012
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 25 May 2012
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby®; Datasat Digital Sound in selected theatres
Color
gauge
16mm
Duration(in mins):
94
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
47331
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Twelve-year-old Suzy Bishop starts her day by staring out the window with a pair of binoculars at her home on the island of New Penzance. Walking outside, she finds a letter in her mailbox, reads it and places it in a box before returning inside. Her family's home is on the island of New Penzance. Nearby, a troop of Khaki Scouts work on projects such as building a tree house and a latrine, as well as preparing for the upcoming Fort Lebanon Hullabaloo. When the scouts sit down for breakfast, Scout Master Randall Ward discovers that one of them, Sam Shakusky, has run away with a canoe and fishing equipment. Ward immediately calls island police officer Captain Sharp over a shortwave radio to let him know about the missing boy. At the local U.S. mail office, Ward and Sharp speak over the phone with Sam's foster parents, the Billingsleys, who refuse to take the boy back since he is emotionally disturbed. Herbert Billingsley tells Sharp that Social Services will be in contact with them soon about what to do with Sam once they find him. Back at camp, Ward instructs the other scouts to find Sam on the island. The scouts worry that Sam might resist rescue and, despite Ward telling them that their mission is to be a non-violent one, each one carries a weapon when heading out into the woods. Sharp questions various residents of the island, including Suzy's parents, Laura and Walt, if they've seen Sam, but no one has. Sometime later, Suzy uses her binoculars to spy on Sharp sharing a cigarette with her mother. After canoeing around the perimeter of the island, the runaway ... +


Twelve-year-old Suzy Bishop starts her day by staring out the window with a pair of binoculars at her home on the island of New Penzance. Walking outside, she finds a letter in her mailbox, reads it and places it in a box before returning inside. Her family's home is on the island of New Penzance. Nearby, a troop of Khaki Scouts work on projects such as building a tree house and a latrine, as well as preparing for the upcoming Fort Lebanon Hullabaloo. When the scouts sit down for breakfast, Scout Master Randall Ward discovers that one of them, Sam Shakusky, has run away with a canoe and fishing equipment. Ward immediately calls island police officer Captain Sharp over a shortwave radio to let him know about the missing boy. At the local U.S. mail office, Ward and Sharp speak over the phone with Sam's foster parents, the Billingsleys, who refuse to take the boy back since he is emotionally disturbed. Herbert Billingsley tells Sharp that Social Services will be in contact with them soon about what to do with Sam once they find him. Back at camp, Ward instructs the other scouts to find Sam on the island. The scouts worry that Sam might resist rescue and, despite Ward telling them that their mission is to be a non-violent one, each one carries a weapon when heading out into the woods. Sharp questions various residents of the island, including Suzy's parents, Laura and Walt, if they've seen Sam, but no one has. Sometime later, Suzy uses her binoculars to spy on Sharp sharing a cigarette with her mother. After canoeing around the perimeter of the island, the runaway Sam walks inland and meets Suzy. One year earlier, the two children had met when Suzy was performing as a raven in a church musical about Noah's Ark. Sharing an immediate attraction, the two became pen pals. Meeting up again in person, Sam outlines his plan for them to run away together. They walk across the island along the Old Chickchaw Harvest Migration Trail, stopping halfway to pitch camp for the night. When Suzy shows Sam a book she pilfered from her parents called Coping with the Very Troubled Child, he laughs and hurts her feelings. But, he quickly apologizes and she reads to him from a fantasy novel she stole from the library as they fall asleep. Meanwhile, Mrs. Bishop discovers that her daughter is missing when the girl doesn't respond to her call for dinner. Mr. Bishop drives off with Sharp in his police cruiser to find Suzy. Sharp offends Mr. Bishop when he asks, in an intimate manner, how his wife is doing. When Sharp and Mr. Bishop return home from their unsuccessful search, they learn that Mrs. Sharp has found the box of letters from Sam that Suzy had been keeping. The letters outline the children's developing romance and their plans to run away together. The next morning, the Khaki Scouts find Sam and Suzy in the woods, but when the scouts attempt to capture them, Suzy stabs a boy named Redford with a pair of scissors, scaring them all off. Back at Sharp's home, an old man who once taught Sam about the history of the island tells the search team that he knows that the runaways are headed for the end of the migration trail. At their camp at the trail's end in an inlet, Sam and Suzy dance and kiss at the water's edge. Waking up the next morning, Sam and Suzy unzip their tent to discover that they've been found by Sharp, Ward, the Bishops and the scouts. On the boat ride back home, Mr. Bishop informs his daughter that she'll never see Sam again. Back at the post office, Ward and Sharp receive a phone call from Social Services who says she'll be on the island in a few days to take Sam to an orphanage. After returning home, Suzy tells her mother that she knows her mom is having an affair with Sharp. Meanwhile, Sharp takes Sam into his own home. He makes dinner for the boy and pours him some beer. At camp, the Khaki Scouts come to the realization that they've been mean to Sam and plot to rescue him and Suzy. They go to the Bishops' house and sneak Suzy out while Mrs. Bishop also steals away to break off her affair with Sharp. The scouts also successfully retrieve Sam out of Sharp's home and all of them and Suzy paddle canoes to Camp Lebanon on nearby St. Jack Wood Island. Once there, scout Skotak's Cousin Ben agrees to marry Suzy and Sam in a symbolic ceremony in the camp's chapel. Cousin Ben then attempts to sail the now-married children off the island, but they quickly return for Suzy's binoculars, which she accidentally left behind in the chapel. Redford, who has been recuperating in a first aid tent, sees Sam at the chapel and alerts the Camp Lebanon scouts to his location. Fleeing, Sam is struck by a bolt of lightning and is rescued by his fellow Khaki Scouts. With a large storm brewing, Sam, Suzy and the scouts take refuge in the same church where the two lovers first met. However, the Bishops, Sharp and Ward also run into the church for cover, as does Social Services, who demands to see the boy at once. When the children are discovered hiding in plain sight wearing Noah's Ark costumes, Suzy and Sam run up a ladder and outside onto the church roof and into the torrential rain storm. Sharp pursues them with a rope tied around his waist for support. The young lovers climb to the top of the steeple, but before they can jump to their romantic death together, Sharp catches up to them. He announces his plan to become Sam's foster father so that the boy can remain on the island with Suzy. Sam and Suzy agree to Sharp's proposal just as a lightning bolt strikes the steeple, blowing it up. With the rope tethering him, Sharp dangles from the roof, holding onto Sam and Suzy. Back at the Bishop home safe and sound, Sam paints a landscape of their inlet camp while Suzy sits nearby reading a book. When Suzy is called for dinner, Sam leaves by going out the window. Suzy blows Sam a kiss as he gets into Sharp's police cruiser. +

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