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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.



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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Beaufield Nutbeem
Dennis Buggit
EMS Officer
Alyssa Gainer ...
Bunny Quoyle
Kaitlyn Gainer ...
Bunny Quoyle
Lauren Gainer ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atando cabos  »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$318,502, 23 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kevin Spacey put on about 25 pounds for the role of Quoyle. See more »


The Quoyle house had been vacant for 44 years, thus the outhouse wasn't maintained either. The outhouse was in a condition that wasn't believable if it would have existed at all after all that time. See more »


[first lines]
Quoyle: [father teaching him literally to sink or swim]
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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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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The scenery is the real star of this movie.....

I am a tremendous fan of the book and read it twice. I sense the movie missed the point here. Kevin Spacey does an admirable job with the difficult role of Quoyle, he is shot from strange angles to emphasize a height and width that is not there in real life. I had envisioned Gerard Depardieu in the role, big, hulking and awkward. I note also that one of the daughters was dropped from the movie, there are two in the book. Judi Dench's performance is incredible and her tough almost fatalistic Newfoundland character feels real. Moore is a disappointment, far too beautiful for the role and not as mysterious as depicted in the book. The scenery is incredible, wild and isolated. I enjoyed the soundtrack and the minor characters, all very well acted. I gave it an 8 out of 10 for the fabulous cinematography and Judi Dench.

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