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New Waterford Girl (1999)

A gifted teenager, dreaming of life beyond her small town, becomes inspired when a 15-year-old girl from New York moves in next door.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cookie Pottie
Frances Pottie
Cecil Sweeney
Darren Keay ...
Lexter Pottie (as Darren Kaey)
Kevin Curran ...
Krista MacDonald ...
Darlene Pottie
Adrien Dixon ...
Felix Pottie
Patrick Joyce ...
Darcy Benzoa
Lorne Pardy ...
Father Madden
Doctor Hogan
Susan Quinn ...
Sandra (as Susan Laney Dalton)


It's sometime in the 1970's. Fifteen year old loner Agnes Marie Pottie - nicknamed Mooney - dreams of escaping life in New Waterford, a coastal Nova Scotia town on Cape Breton Island. She has quiet contempt for most of the people around her - including her large family - who don't share her sensibilities. They, who are ruled by Catholic mores, in turn think she's unconventional and weird. She thinks she's realized her dream when, with the help of her teacher Cecil Sweeney, who himself has escaped to New Waterford to find himself (at which he has been unsuccessful so far), she has been awarded a scholarship to attend an art school in New York. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when her parents don't allow her to go. She devises a plan to get out of New Waterford, one that goes against her loner status. In the meantime, a bit of New York comes to New Waterford in the form of Lou Benzoa, who, with her dance instructor mother, has temporarily moved next door to the Pottie's to escape life... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dziewczyna z New Waterford  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$44,302 (USA) (7 July 2000)


$774,469 (USA) (29 September 2000)

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Did You Know?


When writer Tricia Fish moved to New Waterford at age 13 with her family, her six-year-old brother ran into their kitchen one day all bloody, and happily said, "I made a friend!" She incorporated this into the movie, in an identical scene with the character of Darcy, Lou's little brother. See more »


When Moonie goes to Sweeney's trailer, as she is walking through the field there is for a second the shadow of the camera operator on the ground on the right side of the frame. See more »


[first lines]
Moonie Pottie: I wasn't really born here, you know. When I was a tiny infant, my real mother, a famous opera singer, dropped me from a silver jet as she passed over what she saw as a beautiful tropical coastline. God's country.
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I'm Gettin' Tired Baby
Performed by Betty Wright
Written by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke
Published by Windswept Pacific Songs
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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May be quirky, but welcome to Hicksville, Canada
24 March 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I missed the first 30 minutes of this film when it was shown on Showcase Extra this afternoon. I ended up renting it at Blockbuster five hours later.

Yeah, so the characters might seem "over the top," but guess what? It's Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Canada's Hicksville where there really is nothing to do.

I loved this movie. There was something about it by just throwing the characters in from the side -- and Sweeney? He was just there and the audience is just put right in the middle of Mooney's chaotic life, wondering if she's ever going to get the heck out of there and fulfill her ambitions and dreams.

Okay, so it's no Spielberg. There's no Kiera Knightly or Brad Pitt in it. It's a bunch of no-name actors and a no-name director. But guess what? That's where its charm comes from. It's special and quirky and you sympathize with Mooney and Lou and everyone else. A lot is explained if you listen to what is being said, and the quips are pretty cute -- not great like "Snatch" or "Lock, Stock..." great, but cute. Memorable.

I'd suggest people see this. This is a great piece of Canadian film that I wish more knew about. It's a real hidden gem. And if you don't like it, you'll at least appreciate the life you live.

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