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Wonder Wheel (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama | 15 December 2017 (USA)
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On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator, his beleaguered wife, and the visitor who turns their lives upside-down.

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Ruby's Bartender
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In the hustle and bustle of 1950s Coney Island, where the buzzing crowd comes and goes trudging slowly over the wooden boardwalks, silent stories of the everyday toilers who give life to the attraction unfold. Somewhere in a clam bar, there's the sad waitress Ginny, a one-time actress and now a suffering wife who's been given a second chance by the side of the well-intentioned but uncouth carousel operator, Humpty. On the other hand, there's Humpty's 26-year-old estranged daughter, Carolina, who left the familial nest and a preordained future seeking adventure as a mobster's wife; only to return home with her wings broken, begging for forgiveness. And from the lifeguard's high tower, where all is in plain sight, the young and charming lifesaver and hopeful playwright, Mickey, is the inadvertent but potent catalyst that binds everything together. Shattered dreams, reckless love and betrayal, all under the bright lights of Coney Island. Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some sexuality, language and smoking | See all certifications »
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15 December 2017 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,392,830, 21 January 2018
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Trivia

Set on Coney Island in the 1950s, the Wonder Wheel is still in operation, but the Parachute Drop, seen in the background, ceased operation in 1964 and survives only as a tower. It's nicknamed the Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn. See more »

Goofs

When Justin Timberlake is on his lifeguard stand talking to Kate Winslet, a modern tanker boat cruises by in the distance. See more »

Quotes

Nick: You people would never try to hide her, would you?
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Soundtracks

Coney Island Washboard
by The Mills Brothers
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Excellent Drama
5 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

I've noticed the critics who have panned this film always mention the alleged off screen 'crimes' that Mia Farrow has made it a second career to spread. Don't be fooled by those critics. This is a great, engrossing film. The performances are uniformly wonderful especially Kate Winslett. If she isn't at least nominated for an Oscar for this performance, the malice many feel for the writer/ director can only be blamed. The cinematography is beautiful as well.

What a great achievement for Woody Allen, to put out such a great film at the age of 81. He's a remarkable artist.


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