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Margaret's Museum (1995)

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.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Canada | UK

Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Ende aller Träume See more »

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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Quotes

Angus: Do you know there are some places in the world where they pay you to think?
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Referenced in Fight Club (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Hills of Glenarchy
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Performed by Kyle MacNeil and Shaumas MacNeil
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Earnest but predictable
25 February 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

I'm not sure anything new can be done with this type of story, but this movie doesn't really try. Director/co-writer Mort Ransen does try to make it somewhat fresh, I guess, by centering the story about a woman, and Helena Bonham Carter, as usual, is quite good in this role. I also liked Clive Russell, the humor he brought to the movie, and the chemistry he had with Carter. But as Carter's mother, Kate Nelligan (who I like) runs the gamut of expressions from A to B, and it just becomes too predictable.


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