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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 »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Miramax See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Composer Jerry Goldsmith was attached to the project in the early stages of its development. See more »

Goofs

Dennis Buggit's wedding ring is no longer on his hand as he sits with his mates at the going away party for Nutbeem. 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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Connections

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Bad As I Am
Written by Bob Hallett & Sean McCann
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The scenery is the real star of this movie.....
15 March 2002 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

I am a tremendous fan of the book and read it twice. I sense the movie missed the point here. Kevin Spacey does an admirable job with the difficult role of Quoyle, he is shot from strange angles to emphasize a height and width that is not there in real life. I had envisioned Gerard Depardieu in the role, big, hulking and awkward. I note also that one of the daughters was dropped from the movie, there are two in the book. Judi Dench's performance is incredible and her tough almost fatalistic Newfoundland character feels real. Moore is a disappointment, far too beautiful for the role and not as mysterious as depicted in the book. The scenery is incredible, wild and isolated. I enjoyed the soundtrack and the minor characters, all very well acted. I gave it an 8 out of 10 for the fabulous cinematography and Judi Dench.


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