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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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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: You took your grandfather's lungs?
Margaret MacNeil: Yes.
Doctor 1: Then you took your husband's lungs? Why?
Margaret MacNeil: Because I wanted to show what a good set of lungs looked like.
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Hills of Glenarchy
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Performed by Kyle MacNeil and Shaumas MacNeil
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A Dark and Tragic Love Story
10 September 2013 | by klausmingSee all my reviews

Margaret's Museum (1995) UK/Canada 114m, Colour Director: Mort Ransen; Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Clive Russell, Craig Olejnik, Kate Nelligan, Kenneth Welsh, Andrea Morris

Margaret's Museum is a dark and tragic love story about a woman's grief and defiance after losing much of her family to the coal mines in Glace Bay Nova Scotia during the 1940s. Based on Sheldon Currie's 1979 novel entitled The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, Margaret's Museum is a beautifully photographed and wonderfully scored film with haunting and unforgettable images and melodies. A deeply moving and original film, Helena Bonham Carter and Clive Russell give remarkably convincing and heartfelt performances in this powerful film about life and death in small Canadian coal mining community (Klaus Ming September 2013).


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Country:

Canada | UK

Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dominion, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Gross USA:

$524,963
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Dolby

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Color
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