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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | | Drama | 16 December 2016 (USA)
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A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Donelly ...
Virginia Loring Cooke ...
Mrs. Groom (2nd tenant)
Marianne (3rd Tenant)
Mr. Emery (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
Ben Hanson ...
Lenny - the bartender
1st Businessman at Bar
Anthony Estrella ...
2nd Businessman at Bar
Nurse Irene
Robert Sella ...


Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother's heart has given out suddenly, and he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy. Written by Jwelch5742

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Manchester junto al mar  »

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Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$256,498, 20 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,695,120, 21 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,201,310, 19 March 2017
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the first films distributed by Amazon Studios to earn buzz for the 2017 award season. See more »


Flipped shot. When Lee and Patrick leave the funeral home, the sign for the funeral home behind them reads backwards. See more »


Patrick: I got two girlfriends and I'm in a band.
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Edited into Hollywood Express: Episode #15.1 (2017) See more »


Manchester By The Sea Chorale
Written by Lesley Barber
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Beautifully melancholic
7 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

These type of films don't come around that often, and for good reason. It takes focus and effort to come up with stories and themes that touch deeper than the usual Hollywood dirge. The story-line is completely unpredictable , unlike 95% of the films out there.

What is most intriguing about M B T S , is the way in which highly depressing themes are kept in check with humour, intelligent scripting and a subtle feel good factor, which seems to creep in at exactly the right time. The overall feel is also kept balanced by the intricacies of the relationships between various characters. Affleck has taken his game to the next level , his character and mannerisms are completely believable -he is submerged into type.

As a couple of mid 40 somethings, we grew tired of the typical film genres some years ago. We long for films like this, and having seen many of the nominated films for this year (bafta), this one is by far the clear leader. Hacksaw ridge is just another glorification of war, predictable, overly violent and boring, silence is good OK but not special and the list goes on. Manchester by the sea deserves recognition for standing out in a sea of mediocrity

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