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New Waterford Girl (1999)

A gifted teenager, dreaming of life beyond her small town, becomes inspired when a 15-year-old girl from New York moves in next door.

Director:

Allan Moyle

Writer:

Tricia Fish (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liane Balaban ... Mooney Pottie
Tara Spencer-Nairn ... Lou Benzoa
Mary Walsh ... Cookie Pottie
Nicholas Campbell ... Frances Pottie
Cathy Moriarty ... Midge Benzoa
Andrew McCarthy ... Cecil Sweeney
Darren Keay Darren Keay ... Lexter Pottie (as Darren Kaey)
Kevin Curran Kevin Curran ... Joey
Krista MacDonald Krista MacDonald ... Betty-Anne Pottie
Cassie MacDonald ... Darlene Pottie
Adrien Dixon Adrien Dixon ... Felix Pottie
Patrick Joyce Patrick Joyce ... Darcy Benzoa
Lorne Pardy Lorne Pardy ... Father Madden
Mark McKinney ... Doctor Hogan
Susan Quinn Susan Quinn ... Sandra (as Susan Laney Dalton)
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Storyline

It's sometime in the 1970's. Fifteen year old loner Agnes Marie Pottie - nicknamed Mooney - dreams of escaping life in New Waterford, a coastal Nova Scotia town on Cape Breton Island. She has quiet contempt for most of the people around her - including her large family - who don't share her sensibilities. They, who are ruled by Catholic mores, in turn think she's unconventional and weird. She thinks she's realized her dream when, with the help of her teacher Cecil Sweeney, who himself has escaped to New Waterford to find himself (at which he has been unsuccessful so far), she has been awarded a scholarship to attend an art school in New York. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when her parents don't allow her to go. She devises a plan to get out of New Waterford, one that goes against her loner status. In the meantime, a bit of New York comes to New Waterford in the form of Lou Benzoa, who, with her dance instructor mother, has temporarily moved next door to the Pottie's to escape life... Written by Huggo

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Get Pregnant Now. Lose Virginity Later.

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Comedy

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dziewczyna z New Waterford See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,302, 7 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$774,469, 1 October 2000
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Trivia

When writer Tricia Fish moved to New Waterford at age 13 with her family, her six-year-old brother ran into their kitchen one day all bloody, and happily said, "I made a friend!" She incorporated this into the movie, in an identical scene with the character of Darcy, Lou's little brother. See more »

Goofs

When Moonie goes to Sweeney's trailer, as she is walking through the field there is for a second the shadow of the camera operator on the ground on the right side of the frame. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Moonie Pottie: I wasn't really born here, you know. When I was a tiny infant, my real mother, a famous opera singer, dropped me from a silver jet as she passed over what she saw as a beautiful tropical coastline. God's country.
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Soundtracks

Music For Love
Performed and Written by Roger Clown
Published by R. Clown Publishing
Courtesy of Roger Clown
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Wonderful film about small-town life.
22 December 2002 | by seaturtle34See all my reviews

My friend sent this movie home with me and one night, in boredom, I decided to watch it. I was really blown-away! This is small-town life in a nutshell. The lead actresses are superb. Tara Spencer-Nairn is truly a joy to watch. The story is slow, but wonderfully compelling. I enjoyed it so much I had to watch it again! A great film for a lazy Sunday or for anyone who grew-up in a small town.


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