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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.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$318,502 (USA) (21 December 2001)

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$11,405,825 (USA) (8 March 2002)
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The scenes in which Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) is in the water were filmed at a tank in St. John's, Newfoundland (normally used for testing boats and marine technology). The tank, which normally contains cold Atlantic sea water, had to be specially filled with warm water for Spacey's comfort. See more »

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When Quoyle first picks up Petal at the gas station in the early '90s, there is a much later model car in the parking lot behind Quoyle's car. See more »

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Quoyle: [father teaching him literally to sink or swim] 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 »

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Extraordinary adaptation of a brilliant novel
26 December 2002 | by (Boston, Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

Having read the brilliant and seamless novel - and believing that movie adaptations of novels rarely succeed - I did not expect to like this movie. Much to my surprise, I found the film totally successful. Kevin Spacey - who seemed to be an odd choice for the role - is perfect as Coyle, capturing the true spirit of the character and proving himself to be one of the finest movie actors of his generation. Judi Dench is, as always, just right. Julianne Moore (I was not previously familiar with her work) is astonishing. The look of the movie...the tone...the screenplay all work - as an adaptation of the novel and as a film unto itself. I do not understand why this movie did not garner more recognition. I strongly recommend it to those who have read the novel and those who have yet to experience Annie Proulx remarkable prose.


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