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The Shipping News (2001)

R | | Drama | 18 January 2002 (USA)
An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Agnis Hamm
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Beaufield Nutbeem
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Dennis Buggit
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Bayonet Melville
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Bunny Quoyle
Kaitlyn Gainer ...
Bunny Quoyle
Lauren Gainer ...
Bunny Quoyle
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An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey... Written by <jonas.reinartz@web.de>

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Rated R for some language, sexuality and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Atando cabos  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$318,502 (USA) (23 December 2001)

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$11,434,216 (USA)
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The Newfoundland band Great Big Sea very much wanted to have music in the soundtrack, so they "seeded" the stereos in director's and stars' B&B with their CDs, hoping that the music would catch their attention. It did, and the band has five songs in the movie, four in the diner scenes and one at the party. The songs are not contained in the movie's official soundtrack however, a film score composed by Christopher Young. See more »

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During the big storm the wind is driving the rain against the Bunny as she is going to the Quoyle house. The rain changes directions multiple times depending which angle is needed for the camera to capture each shot of the house. At one point the rain appears to be coming from all directions. See more »

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[first lines]
Quoyle: [father teaching him literally to sink or swim]
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Quoyle: I used to imagine that I'd been given to the wrong family at birth, and that somewhere in the world my real people longed for me. From where my father stood, my failure to dog-paddle was only the first of many failures. Failure to speak clearly, failure to sit up straight, failure to make friends every time we moved to another dreary upstate town. In me, my father recognized a failed life. His own.
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The Jolly Butcher
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Arranged by Sean McCann, Alan Doyle, Bob Hallett (as Robert Hallett) & Darrell Power
Performed by Great Big Sea
Courtesy of Warner Music Canada
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Actually a pretty good movie
18 October 2003 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I had seen the good rating of Shipping News before I watched it, and I would like to give it a shot.

Lasse Hallström did a good job when he directed The Cider House Rules, and Kevin Spacey is of course a good actor with movies like The Usual Suspects, LA Confidential and K-Pax. Furthermore we got supporting actresses such as the lovely Julianne Moore and talented Cate Blanchett, it was promising.

The movie is mostly a drama, but it succeeds in giving the audience some laughs when needed, which is important to me. Dramas can be too depressing sometimes, but it is of course sometimes needed to make a statement. Anyway, it is not needed in Shipping News and Lasse Hallström understands this very well.

The acting is great, the stars I mentioned earlier deliver good performances, but we also get the pleasure to watch other good actors too, so the cast really gives us a good movie.

Actually there are mainly positive things to say about this movie, the picture quality was good and the environment at Newfoundland created a good atmosphere. The only thing I would critisise is that the movie maybe could have been a bit longer, there were a few issues that I would like to have seen sorted out.

I have rated this movie 7/10, but it maybe deserved a little more. It is definitely worth watching.


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