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A touching story of life in rural Maine, and the changes brought about by the closing of a town's small boat-building company -- on which many of the residents depended upon for a living.


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John Alder
Daryl Monahan (as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)
Owen Coughlin
Eddie Johnson
Owen's Father
Mrs. Wrangway
Mary Beth Alder
Charlotte (as Mary Louise Parker)
Michael Lewis ...
Joey Monahan
Mr. Castanho
Gasoline Attendant
Don Saunders ...
Radio Announcer (voice)
Keith Reddin ...
Dr. Pound
Ralph Williams ...
Lázaro Pérez ...
Uncle Reinaldo (as Lazaro Perez)
Paul Cunha ...
Jaime Castanho
Wellington Santos ...
Carlos Castanho
Graciela Lecube ...
Mrs. Castanho (as Graciella Lecube)
Alex Goulart Jr. ...
Male Castanho #1
Manuel Januario ...
Male Castanho #2
Odete Amarelo ...
Female Castanho
Jane Alder (as Danielle Duclos)
Deanna DuClos ...
Amy Alder (as Deanna Duclos)
Anna Bensaud ...
Dee Dee Alder
Carrie Alder
Alder Baby (as Margaret Mcfarland)

Directed by

John David Coles

Written by

Mark Malone ... (written by)

Produced by

Cary Brokaw ... executive producer
Lindsay Law ... executive producer
Andrew Reichsman ... producer
Marcus Viscidi ... producer

Music by

Howard Shore

Cinematography by

Elliot Davis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

William A. Anderson
Angelo Corrao

Editorial Department

Andrew Doerfer ... apprentice editor
Fred Heid ... color timer
Pierre Kahn ... second assistant editor
Marty Levenstein ... assistant editor (as Martin Levenstein)
James Rutenbeck ... assistant editor
Joe Violante ... dailies advisor

Casting By

Douglas Aibel ... (as Doug Aibel)

Production Design by

Howard Cummings

Art Direction by

Beth A. Rubino ... (as Beth Rubino)

Set Decoration by

Jeanette Scott

Costume Design by

Jeff Ullman ... (as Jeffrey Ullman)

Makeup Department

Carla Martiny ... makeup assistant
Hiram Ortiz ... hair designer / makeup designer

Production Management

Daniel Lupi ... unit manager
Jimmy Vestal ... assistant unit manager
W.T. Viscidi ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Matthew Carlisle ... first assistant director
Shiho Ito ... second assistant director

Art Department

Steven K. Barnett ... lead dresser (as Steve Barnett)
Wes Bartlett ... carpenter
Michael Biggie ... scenic artist
Paul Cremo ... art department production assistant
Buck Flagg ... lead carpenter
Dolly Hall ... art department production assistant
Tim Hunter ... art department production assistant
Kalina Ivanov ... storyboard artist
L. Murray Jamison ... art department production assistant
James Kadonoff ... art department production assistant
Paul Kramer ... set dresser
Nia Lewis ... art department production assistant
Elizabeth Linn ... lead scenic
Amy Mouser ... second prop
Phil Shirey ... property master
Steve Small ... carpenter
Gail Sonnenfeld ... assistant set decorator
Will Sweeney ... construction coordinator
Peter Syrett ... carpenter
Pete Thurell ... art department production assistant

Sound Department

Andy Aaron ... sound effects recordist
Saverio Camporeale ... assistant adr editor
John Gilroy ... assistant sound editor
Neil L. Kaufman ... sound editor (as Neil Kaufman)
Michael Kirchberger ... sound editor
Dan Korintus ... assistant sound editor
Marty Levenstein ... adr editor (as Martin Levenstein)
Christopher O'Donnell ... boom operator (as Chris O'Donnell)
Philip Pucci ... apprentice sound editor
Rick Waddell ... sound mixer (as Rick Wadell)
Mel Zelniker ... re-recording mixer

Visual Effects by

Jim Mini ... additional optical effects: R/Greenberg Associates
Moses Weitzman ... optical effects: EFX Unlimited Inc.
Joseph Yanuzzi ... additional optical effects: R/Greenberg Associates (as Joseph Iannuzzi)
Joseph Weitzman ... optical effects: EFX Unlimited (uncredited)


Cliff Cudney ... stunt coordinator
Jeffrey Lee Gibson ... stunt player
Bernie Johnson ... stunt player (as C. Bernie Johnson)
John Patrick McLaughlin ... stunt player (as Jack Mclaughlin)

Camera and Electrical Department

Charles John Bukey ... grip (as Chuck Bukey)
Jerry Cox ... best boy grip
Richard Crompton ... grip
Chuck Esty ... electrician
Dan Gillham ... gaffer
George A. Hock ... best boy electric (as George Hock)
Frederick Iannone ... first assistant camera (as Fred Iannone)
David Larue ... electrician
Nick Papanickolas ... dolly grip (as Nick Pappanickolous)
Rick Perkins ... grip
Butch Pierson ... second assistant camera
K.C. Pierson ... electrician
Sara Todd ... still photographer
Donna Vega ... electrician
Emmanuel Vouniozos ... key grip (as Manny Vouniozos)
Jonathan Burkhart ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos ... on-set technician (uncredited)

Casting Department

Laura Butterworth ... location casting assistant
Donna Morong ... casting associate (as Donna Jacobson)
Polly Wilkinson ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Diane Lee ... wardrobe assistant
Susan Picinich ... wardrobe assistant
Patricia Sanftner ... wardrobe supervisor (as Pat Sanftner)

Location Management

Jill S. Cohen ... location manager (as Jill Cohen)
Tony Jonaitis ... location projectionist
Betsy Parish ... location projectionist

Music Department

Charlie Clifton ... music engineer (as Chas Clifton)
Thomas S. Drescher ... music editor (as Thomas Drescher)
Joan Franklin ... assistant music editor

Script and Continuity Department

Jeanne Talbot ... script supervisor (as Jeannie Talbot)

Transportation Department

Dale Johnson ... driver: honeywagon

Additional Crew

Andy Arey ... marine supervisor
Stacy Auerhan ... travel agent: Travel Horizons Unlimited
Stewart Blackburn ... caterer: Stache Foods
Sidney Brammer ... assistant production coordinator
Alan Breton ... unit department production assistant
Craig Cannold ... production auditor
Dan Collins ... unit department production assistant
Billy Crawford ... unit department production assistant (as William Crawford)
Greg Day ... unit department production assistant
Onésimo de Almeida ... translator: Portuguese (as Onesimo Almeida)
Tom Duym ... boat pilot
David J. Greenberg ... production intern (as David Greenberg)
George A. Hock ... underwater supervisor (as George Hock)
Robert C. Jackson ... unit department production assistant (as Robert Jackson)
Nick Kudahy ... production intern
Cal Lawson ... boat pilot
Aldina Marques ... consultant: Portuguese
Raymond A. Mendez ... bee wrangler (as Raymond Mendez)
George Monteiro ... translator: Portuguese
Betsy Parish ... office production assistant
Dean Pike ... Maria Isabella restoration: Moose Island Marine
Denise Pinckley ... production coordinator
Steven M. Rood ... production intern (as Steven Rood)
Albert G. Ruben ... insurance (as Albert G. Rubin)
Mary Serradas ... production intern
David Smallage ... caterer: Pineland Diner
Kenneth Stytzer ... title designer: main title
Moses Weitzman ... title designer: EFX Unlimited Inc.
Steven Zeller ... unit publicist


Odete Amarelo ... special thanks
Jeff Armstrong ... special thanks: The Blue Hill Memorial Hospital
Aleta Ashley ... special thanks
John Barlow ... special thanks
Herbert Carter ... special thanks
Mame Duym ... special thanks
Rusty Duym ... special thanks
Tom Duym ... special thanks
Michael Eliasberg ... special acknowledgment
Bob Quinn ... special thanks
Helene Quinn ... special thanks
Kim Schatz ... special thanks: The Blue Hill Farm Inn
Marsha Schatz ... special thanks: The Blue Hill Farm Inn
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Plot Summary

After generations of operation, family owned and operated Coughlin, a boat building business in a Maine fishing village, is closing for good. Much to the chagrin of the office manager Mrs. Wrangway, sixty-six year old Owen Coughlin, the current owner/operator, has not even started to pack up yet on the last day, it demonstrating that Owen really wants to remain in business, the issue being that customers are looking for fiberglass products rather than the old fashioned boats Coughlin solely builds. Owen, of late, has been dreaming in his sleep arguably a result of the end of the business, those dreams which may be creeping into his waking hours as he begins to wonder if certain things he sees are real or figments of his imagination. The three who work in the garage are contemplating life post-Coughlin. Eddie Johnson and Daryl Monahan have made a deal with each other to work together as salvage divers in Florida, each needing to accomplish some tasks in preparation: Eddie has to fix up his car to get it in shape for the long drive, and he has to break up with his serious girlfriend, diner waitress Charlotte; Daryl has to tell his younger, mentally slow brother, Joey Monahan, a fixture at the garage in Daryl and Joey having no one else, that he cannot go to Florida with them. While Daryl has more difficulty in his task, what Eddie does with regard to Charlotte leads to Charlotte teetering on that fine line between love and hate for Eddie. And John Alder, who sees his professional life as boat building despite the less than lucrative pay, is currently awaiting news from the hospital of his wife Mary Beth Alder giving birth to who will be their fifth child. While John wants to leave town to work at a boat yard in Maryland, Mary Beth, who does not want to leave town, is pressuring him to ask her brother, chain hardware store manager Ernie, who John does not get along with, for a job. What sticks in John's head as Mary Beth is rushed into the delivery room as their last discussion on the issue is her plea of "we need money". Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Señales de vida (Spain)
  • Uma Cidade Sem Rumo (Brazil)
  • Признаци на живот (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • One for Sorrow, Two for Joy
  • Életjelek (Hungary)
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  • 90 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Arthur Kennedy had been retired and living in Savannah, Georgia. During a dinner with his daughter and her agent, he asked if there was anything out there for him and the result was his role in this film. See more »
Soundtracks The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)(Mbube) See more »
Quotes Joey Monahan: Why does everyone keep punching me in the face?
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