Escanaba in da Moonlight

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Escanaba in da Moonlight (2001)

Escanaba in da Moonlight is a 2001 independent comedy written, directed, and starring Jeff Daniels, based on his play of the same name. Other than co-star Harve Presnell, who also narrates the film, most of the other actors are regulars of Daniels' "Purple Rose Theatre" company in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan. The film is set and was shot on location near the town of Escanaba in Michigan's Upper Penisula (the "Yoo-Pee"), and features the culture, the hunting traditions, and quite noticeably, the regional accent of the local "Yoopers." Daniels plays Reuben Soady, the Yooper who has never bagged a buck, in a region where opening day of deer season was "Christmas wit' guns."

The following firearms were used in the film Escanaba in da Moonlight:

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Marlin Model 336C

The Marlin 336c in .30-30 Winchester is used by Reuben Soady (Jeff Daniels). His father Albert (Harve Presnell) also uses Reuben's rifle in a few scenes.

Marlin 336C Carbine - .30-30 Carbine. Also chambered in .35 Remington
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Albert thinks firing a rifle next to Reuben's head might wake him from his trance. Fortunately, Remnar is able to talk him out of it.
Reuben chases the light into the woods in his long johns.
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Remington 870 Field Gun

A Remington 870 Field Gun is used by Jimmer Negamanee from Menominee (Wayne David Parker).

Remington 870 Field Gun with raised barrel ribbing and 28" barrel - 12 Gauge.
Jimmer with his Remington 870 Field Gun.
The tube nut gives it away as a Remington instead of a Mossberg.

Winchester Model 70

A customized Winchester Model 70 is used by Reuben's brother Remnar (Joey Albright).

Post 1964 Winchester NEW Model 70 Super grade - various calibers
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Remington 700

Albert Soady uses a Remington 700 as his hunting rifle.

Remington Model 700 BDL - .300 Win. Mag.
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Smith & Wesson Model 686

Ranger Tom T. Treado (Randall Godwin) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 686 as his service weapon. He draws it while searching the forest for what he believes is God.

Smith & Wesson Model 686 4" Barrel - .357 Magnum.
What if it WAS God? Was he going to try to shoot God?

Savage Model 29A

A young Rueben Soady (Alex Mulvaney) uses a Savage Model 29A pump action rifle while rabbit hunting.

Savage Model 29A, post-war model with plain stock and ribbed pump - .22 LR
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12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

"Family idiot" Uncle Alvin (a cameo by writer Guy Sanville) bags his first buck with a hammerless double barreled shotgun at the age of 43 "during the taking of the traditional opening day morning crap" in a flashback. It is not explained why he had a shotgun in the "two-hole" (outhouse).

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
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