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Margaret's Museum (1995)

R | | Drama | 26 January 1996 (USA)
Margaret MacNiel, a girl living in a Cape Breton coal mining town, finds her life changing when she meets Neil Currie, a cheerful bagpipe-playing dishwasher. Unfortunately, neither of them are able to escape the industry around them.

Director:

Mort Ransen

Writers:

Sheldon Currie (story "The Glace Bay Miner's Museum"), Gerald Wexler | 1 more credit »
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10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Margaret MacNeil
Clive Russell ... Neil Currie
Craig Olejnik ... Jimmy MacNeil
Kate Nelligan ... Catherine MacNeil
Kenneth Welsh ... Angus MacNeil
Andrea Morris ... Marilyn
Peter Boretski ... Grandfather Dunald MacNeil
Barrie Dunn Barrie Dunn ... Mr. Campbell
Norma Dell'Agnese ... Mrs. Campbell
Glenn Wadman Glenn Wadman ... Willy
Elizabeth Richardson Elizabeth Richardson ... Sister
Ida Donovan Ida Donovan ... Sarah
Gordon Joe Gordon Joe ... Hum Sing
Wayne Reynolds Wayne Reynolds ... Fraser
Murdoch MacDonald Murdoch MacDonald ... Clerk
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Storyline

In a town where half the men die down the coalpit, Margaret MacNeil is quite happy being single. Until she meets Neil Currie, a charming and sincere bagpipe-playing, Gaelic-speaking dishwasher. But no matter what you do, you can't avoid the spectre of the pit forever. Written by <rosie@ihug.co.nz>

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She found a way to preserve her memories forever.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Quotes

Doctor 1: Your brother, you took his...
Margaret MacNeil: Dick.
Doctor 1: Penis. Yes, why?
Margaret MacNeil: Because at this age, it was the most important thing he had.
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Connections

Referenced in Fight Club (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Charlie Dave
based on the traditional song "Peggy Gordon"
Performed by Clive Russell
New lyrics by Sheldon Currie
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30 August 2014 | by manitobaman81See all my reviews

The setup: In a town where half the men die down the coalpit, Margaret MacNeil is quite happy being single. Until she meets Neil Currie, a charming and sincere bagpipe-playing, Gaelic-speaking dishwasher. But no matter what you do, you can't avoid the spectre of the pit forever.

The verdict: The characters in this film have a lot of depth, and that makes all the difference. In the end, the audience gets a casserole of film elements and little of the satisfaction that comes from watching these types of movies. This is a story about a place most people might not be able to conceive. It is a powerful film, but I doubt I will ever want to watch it again.


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Country:

Canada | UK

Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Dominion, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$524,963
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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