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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?


Despite being featured on the poster, Michelle Williams is in the film for less than twelve minutes (less than 10% of the film's runtime). See more »


When Lee and Patrick are searching for Lee's misplaced car, they twice reverse the direction of their walking. In sequential camera angles the snow on the side appears dramatically different, sometimes showing large snowbanks cut by a snow blower, sometimes showing small piles. See more »


Janine: [comforting Lee] It's all right. I'm going to get you some ice, baby. It's okay
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Sonata For Oboe & Piano, 1st Movement
Written by George Frideric Handel
Performed by Gerhard Kanzian & Ed Lewis
Courtesy of APM Music
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Too slowly paced and overly familiar
6 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is a janitor in Quincy living in a one-room place with no friends and a serious attitude problem. His brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) who lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea dies leaving behind a rebellious 16 year old (Lucas Hedges). In his will he appoints Lee as his guardian--but Lee can barely take care of himself. What to do?

There are some good things about this film. It looks beautiful (it was shot on location), has great acting by the entire cast and has a pretty good script. Where this drops the ball is the ridiculously slow pace (there's no need for this film to run over two hours) and an overly familiar story. There are many scenes that go on for far too long and introduce characters and situations that add nothing to the story. This movie seems to think it's saying something deep and meaningful but it's not. This story has been done before and this movie adds nothing to it. The ultimate resolution was so utterly predictable I actually got insulted. There are a few affecting moments but they're lost in this dull mess. Also Michelle Williams is here but (despite being second billed) she's hardly in it. She does have an incredible scene with Affleck towards the end that has Oscar written all over it. It's frustrating because there's a really good movie here but the overlength works against it.

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