The Moon and the Sledgehammer (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Moon and the Sledgehammer (1971)




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This English documentary shows a family of British eccentrics in full flower. The family has been left behind by society as they lack gas, electricity, and indoor plumbing. Nonetheless, they are models of self-sufficiency, and the little money they need comes from their skills at tinkering with machinery. They tell their own stories with great wit and intelligence and make many comments about contemporary concerns such as pollution. The culmination of the film shows the police escorting them as they drive a mechanical creation of theirs onto a busy highway.


Critic Reviews for The Moon and the Sledgehammer

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

As peculiar as it is hypnotic, Philip Trevelyan's 1971 oddity documents a bold British family living off the grid in the Sussex woods.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Their lifestyle, expounded in fascinatingly wayward conversation which is allowed to make its own pace, embodies a weird cautionary logic about the miracles of modern technocracy.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

True escapism this summer is to be found with the Page family in Philip Trevelyan's 1970 steam-engine idyll-doc.

June 3, 2009 | Full Review…

Bizarrely entertaining.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Still taking into account the very specific parameters of Trevelyan's project, what we get is finally of considerably more significance than what we don't.

June 1, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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