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Box of Moonlight
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTom DiCillo
Written byTom DiCillo
Produced byThomas Bliss
Marcus Viscidi
StarringJohn Turturro
Sam Rockwell
Catherine Keener
Lisa Blount
Annie Corley
Dermot Mulroney
CinematographyPaul Ryan
Edited byCamila Toniolo
Music byJim Farmer
Distributed byTrimark Pictures
Box of Moonlight Pictures Corporation
Release dates
  • August 30, 1996 (1996-08-30) (Italy)
  • July 25, 1997 (1997-07-25) (U.S.)
Running time
112 minutes
CountriesUnited States
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.


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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.



Production was done mostly in autumn of 1995 in and around Knoxville, Tennessee on a thirty-five day shooting schedule and a budget of 3.5 million dollars.

The motel that Turturro's character stays at during his trip is a now closed but still[when?] there is a motel in Maryville, Tennessee, that is named the 411 Motel, on Hwy 411 in Maryville, TN(35°42′53″N 84°01′13″W / 35.714640°N 84.020166°W / 35.714640; -84.020166).

The strip club used was "Bambi's" on the Alcoa Highway which is now[when?] called Ball Gentlemen's Club in Knoxville, TN(35°54′34″N 83°57′22″W / 35.909554°N 83.956060°W / 35.909554; -83.956060).

Many of the scenes were shot in South Knoxville near Seymour, Strawberry Plains, Greenback, and Norris Lake and have been drastically changed since shooting due to mining, suburban development, and culture.[1]

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.

Influence and reputation

Box of Moonlight has a cult following among Tom DiCillo and counterculture fans.

DVD release

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


  1. ^ "PopCult article".