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The Shipping News (2001)

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

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Annie Proulx (based on the novel by) (as E. Annie Proulx), Robert Nelson Jacobs (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Quoyle
Julianne Moore ... Wavey Prowse
Judi Dench ... Agnis Hamm
Cate Blanchett ... Petal
Pete Postlethwaite ... Tert Card
Scott Glenn ... Jack Buggit
Rhys Ifans ... Beaufield Nutbeem
Gordon Pinsent ... Billy Pretty
Jason Behr ... Dennis Buggit
Larry Pine ... Bayonet Melville
Jeannetta Arnette ... Silver Melville
Robert Joy ... EMS Officer
Alyssa Gainer Alyssa Gainer ... Bunny Quoyle
Kaitlyn Gainer Kaitlyn Gainer ... Bunny Quoyle
Lauren Gainer Lauren Gainer ... Bunny Quoyle
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Storyline

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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You'll never guess what you'll find inside... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atando cabos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$318,502, 23 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,434,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,256,225
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Production Co:

Miramax See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Kevin Spacey put on about twenty-five pounds for the role of Quoyle. See more »

Goofs

The curtains are blowing out the window and the lights are on in Quoyle's house during the big storm. The house is abandoned for the winter, so there would be no lights on either story of the house. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Quoyle: [father teaching him literally to sink or swim]
[voice-over]
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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References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Bad As I Am
Written by Bob Hallett & Sean McCann
Performed by Great Big Sea
Courtesy of London-Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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superbly non-Hollywood
10 February 2002 | by diane-34See all my reviews

I was very impressed with The Shipping News for several reasons: the location should win an Oscar alone, Hallstrom's magical minimalist direction and the acting by the major leads and perhaps even more wonderful, by the many minor parts, were outstanding.

The beauty of the story, involving as it does many all-to-familiar dramas that are easily recognized by people anywhere, was used as a springboard to explore a little known area of the world and to bring much needed illumination on rarely discussed social problems.

To actually see such a beautiful movie shot on location in the magnificent surrounds of Newfoundland should lead film makers away from the sterility of southern California and the too-used streets of New York. I guess I've had my fill of movies about what Hollywood has been dishing out and I've gotten thoroughly jaded with virtually everything made by them.


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