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Wilby Wonderful (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 September 2005 (Spain)
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A day-in-the-life dark comedy concerning a group of islanders, their respective secrets, and one man's plan to kill himself quietly.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Jarvis
Duck MacDonald
Rebecca Jenkins ...
Sandra Anderson
Carol French
Buddy French
Mackenzie Fisher
Stan Lastman
Terri Sanderson ...
Chris Saunderson ...
Caleb Langille ...
Patrick Keeler ...
Mayor Brent Fisher
Chett Buchanan ...
Golfing Businessman #1
Mike Goodfellow ...
Golfing Businessman #2


Wilby is the name of a small island in the Canadian Maritimes and the name of the main town located on the island. According to residents, there are two types of people who live on Wilby: islanders (people who were born on Wilby) and non-islanders. Among the townsfolk of Wilby are: single mom and recently returned islander Sandra Anderson, who was known as the girl in town with the reputation, something that has not changed in her adult years; Sandra's teen-aged daughter, Emily, who doesn't want to end up like her mother but can only think about making out with her new boyfriend; Buddy French, the local police officer who is having unspoken marital problems with his non-islander wife, Carol, the town realtor whose controlling behavior is pushing her and others around her on the verge of a nervous breakdown; the Mayor, Brent Fisher, who is secretly planning for his life post politics; dyslexic Duck McDonald, the town handyman; and recently separated non-islander Dan Jarvis who, because... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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CAD 2,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Gross played a different kind of Canadian police officer in a television series called Due South (1994), where instead of being a local police officer, he was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable. See more »


Buddy French: I like Mark Twain. You know what else he said? "Faith is believing something you know isn't true."
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Assistant to Mr. Hawco - Jack Gross See more »


Give Me The Chance To Fall
Performed by Reg Vermue (as Gentleman Reg)
Written by Reg Vermue
Courtesy of Three Gut Records
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Funny, kind and quirky
18 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wilby Wonderful is a generous-hearted dark comedy drama with down-to-earth characters in realistic, hum-drum, inescapable life situations. The pace of the film lets us see into the emotional lives and conflicts the characters must deal with; there's a lot of quirky humor, and lovely shots of people's faces slowly changing as their feelings catch up with their minds.

All the actors do a great job. Ellen Page is solid and appealing; Sandra Oh is heart-breaking, contained and gorgeous.

If you like off-beat stories and solid, ensemble acting you will enjoy WW - it's a lovely way to spend a while.

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