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The Shipping News (2001)

R | | Drama | 18 January 2002 (USA)
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An emotionally beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Annie Proulx (based on the novel by) (as E. Annie Proulx), Robert Nelson Jacobs (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Quoyle
Julianne Moore ... Wavey Prowse
Judi Dench ... Agnis Hamm
Cate Blanchett ... Petal
Pete Postlethwaite ... Tert Card
Scott Glenn ... Jack Buggit
Rhys Ifans ... Beaufield Nutbeem
Gordon Pinsent ... Billy Pretty
Jason Behr ... Dennis Buggit
Larry Pine ... Bayonet Melville
Jeannetta Arnette ... Silver Melville
Robert Joy ... EMS Officer
Alyssa Gainer Alyssa Gainer ... Bunny Quoyle
Kaitlyn Gainer Kaitlyn Gainer ... Bunny Quoyle
Lauren Gainer Lauren Gainer ... Bunny Quoyle
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Storyline

An inksetter in New York, Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, Bunny (Alyssa, Kaitlyn, and Lauren Gainer), after a traumatizing experience with her mother, Petal (Cate Blanchett), who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the newspaper "The Gammy Bird" finds an audience, and his experiences in the town change his life. Then he meets the widow Wavey Prowse (Julianne Moore). Written by <jonas.reinartz@web.de>

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You'll never guess what you'll find inside... See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, sexuality and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shipping News See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,205,174, 30 December 2001

Gross USA:

$11,434,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,690,441
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Miramax See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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John Travolta was attached to star, along with his wife, Kelly Preston. Later, Billy Bob Thornton was also linked with the project. See more »

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Quoyle orders a squid-burger when he meets Nutbeem in the diner and the two carry on a conversation. When Quoyle spots Buggit, the camera pulls back, and shows his place setting with the burger, although the waitress hadn't returned in the meantime. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Quoyle: [father teaching him literally to sink or swim]
[voice-over]
Quoyle: I used to imagine that I'd been given to the wrong family at birth, and that somewhere in the world my real people longed for me. From where my father stood, my failure to dog-paddle was only the first of many failures. Failure to speak clearly, failure to sit up straight, failure to make friends every time we moved to another dreary upstate town. In me, my father recognized a failed life. His own.
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The Jolly Butcher
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Arranged by Sean McCann, Alan Doyle, Bob Hallett (as Robert Hallett) & Darrell Power
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A beautiful portrait of human emotions and reactions
13 July 2002 | by jhambrock444See all my reviews

Often when watching a film with a cast which has more Oscar nominations in their careers than the film has minutes, a level of expectations will be engraved which exceeds far above a film than which one should. Such is an example with the poignant, touching and often funny film, The Shipping News.

The Shipping News is film about loss, recovery, pain, but most of all, recovery. When a person loses a loved one, or in this case, a person who loses someone they think they love, it comes with a package of emotional stress and remorse. The person they lose is immortalized within their thoughts, usually in a positive, memorable perspective.

The story begins with a narration by Quoyle (Spacey), and through this depressing and self defeating narration, we learn that Quoyle is man who has never succeeded in anything, is a failure in his family's eyes, and has never accomplished one thing in his entire life. He struggles through every miserable task he is given, he aches at the thought of one more day.

As a defeated man who has never loved, never laughed, and never succeeded, he is desperate for something, desperate for someone. When he meets a woman named Petal (Blanchett) he thinks he's in love. We see a woman who is looking for a costumer, looking for someone to spend the night with. Quoyle sees a wife, someone to spend the rest of his life with. So without hesitation, he takes a swing at this wild tiger. He thinks he has achieved that echelon of happiness. He has a darling little girl, he has a wife, and he has a steady job. But he soon learns that one person, a person he has known for little over a few years, can turn his life upside down. After a realistic and inevitable chain of events, he is back to his pitiful little life. Only this time, he's lost more than he can handle. His own emotional attachments have become his own emotional destruction.

In the midst of these happenings, Quoyle is met at the door by his Aunt Agnis (Dench), whom he has never met. She suggests they begin a new future, for she too has lost something. She decides that they should travel to their native roots, in Newfoundland. The future looks bleak to Quoyle, but only the happiest of times look ahead to Agnis. At least from our perspective.

Throughout the film we are met by several supporting characters played by familiar and not so familiar actors. These characters, while they may seem supporting, play the largest part in the film. For these characters are the building blocks which help Quoyle begin his `transformation'. These are the people which help Quoyle recognize his roots and why he must belong there. Throughout these characters, we are met with many intertwining storylines which could make a whole entire film by themselves. But these characters are all here to help one man find a reason. A reason for being.

Throughout this masterful tale of loss, recovery, and pain, we discover that problems exist within problems. We learn that the future may result in failure, but will always have an answer. The answer lies within Quoyle himself. While these supporting players may have an impact on Quoyle's job and home, Quoyle is the only one who can help find happiness for himself.

With a star-studded cast which shines with the inspiring score by Christopher Young, Lasse Hallstrom has created a film which should not be overlooked, but should be look upon as a film which displays how courage, love, and faith, can overcome loss, struggle, and pain.


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