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Islander (2006)

R | | Drama | 25 June 2006 (USA)
After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of ... See full summary »

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Eben Cole (as Thomas Hildreth)
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Cheryl
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Popper
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Pokey
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Jimmy
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Old Man Cole
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Emily Bess
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T. Hardy
Mary Lou Bagley ...
Doreen
Ed Conway ...
Karl
Emma Ford ...
Sara
Zack Batchelder ...
Wyatt Bess
Patricia Randell ...
Wilma
Walter Day ...
John John
Dick Barron ...
Maynard
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After a tragic accident at sea, Eben Cole loses his family, friends and stature in his island fishing community. He returns to the island an outcast but determined to win back the way of life he fought so hard to protect. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Maine coast, Islander captures the grit and integrity of this hard working community and celebrates man's unerring need for redemption. Written by Renee Tsao

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No man is an island

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality
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While fishing with Popper, Eben says "you might be on to something only hauling every third day," referring to the quantity of lobsters caught in relation to the other fishermen. The typical fishermen hauls 800 traps (the legal limit in Vinalhaven's management zone) and the break down is 3 days, 250/250/300. Then the cycle repeats. So even though they are fishing every day, each set of gear is hauled every third day, thus negating the point Eben was trying to make. See more »

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Written and Performed by Ian McCrudden
Produced by P. Daniel Newman (as Dan P. Newman)
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"Islander" is a neglected gem.
31 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see this film at a private screening in Los Angeles and liked it so much that I rushed to a repeat showing at the LA Film Festival. How a work of art of this caliber, evoking a corner of our country heretofore neglected by filmmakers, could have passed so far under the public and critical and distribution radar is a vexing mystery. "Islander" was, quite simply, one of the finest films I saw in 2006, a year that included "Pan's Labyrinth", "The Queen", and "Children of Men." I will even go so far as to assert that, to my personal taste, "Islander" is superior to that year's Oscar winner, the overrated "The Departed"! This is not because I prefer smaller, independent films to larger, slicker, more mainstream products: I don't, at least not habitually. It's just that "Islander" is so much more substantial emotionally, its characters more accessible and real, its concerns more familiar to most of us. Small in scope, yes. Lacking in box-office "name" clout, yes. A simple, intimate tale about ordinary people, yes. Nonetheless, this tale of transgression and redemption moved me deeply, convinced me, compelled me, impressed me. From every point of view -- story structure, acting, score, direction, you name it -- this film is well worth your time.


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