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Margaret's Museum (1995)

R | | Drama | 26 January 1996 (USA)
Margaret MacNiel, a girl living in a Cape Breton coal mining town, finds her life changing when she meets Neil Currie, a cheerful bagpipe-playing dishwasher. Unfortunately, neither of them are able to escape the industry around them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Currie
Jimmy MacNeil (as Craig Olejnik)
Catherine MacNeil
Angus MacNeil
Peter Boretski ...
Grandfather Dunald MacNeil
Barrie Dunn ...
Mrs. Campbell
Glenn Wadman ...
Elizabeth Richardson ...
Ida Donovan ...
Gordon Joe ...
Hum Sing
Wayne Reynolds ...
Murdoch MacDonald ...


In a town where half the men die down the coalpit, Margaret MacNeil is quite happy being single. Until she meets Neil Currie, a charming and sincere bagpipe-playing, Gaelic-speaking dishwasher. But no matter what you do, you can't avoid the spectre of the pit forever. Written by <rosie@ihug.co.nz>

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She found a way to preserve her memories forever.



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Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Ende aller Träume  »

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$524,963 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Doctor 1: Your brother, you took his...
Margaret MacNeil: Dick.
Doctor 1: Penis. Yes, why?
Margaret MacNeil: Because at this age, it was the most important thing he had.
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A slowly endearing, plaintive, quirky slice-of-life tale.
30 June 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Margaret's Museum" tells of a young Nova Scotia woman who's bound by her family ties to a coal mining town where frequent accidents in the "pit" take their toll on the mine workers and their families. Not just another coal mining flick, "MM" focuses with musings, humor, and poignant moments on Margaret, who's nose is always running, and her assorted quirky family and friends. An engrossing, somewhat compelling, and almost charming little film, "MM" should appeal to those with a taste for slice-of-life flicks involving eccentric folk.

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