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Wilby Wonderful (2004)

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A day-in-the-life dark comedy concerning a group of islanders, their respective secrets, and one man's plan to kill himself quietly.

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Daniel MacIvor

Writer:

Daniel MacIvor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Allodi ... Dan Jarvis
Callum Keith Rennie ... Duck MacDonald
Ellen Page ... Emily Anderson
Rebecca Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins ... Sandra Anderson
Sandra Oh ... Carol French
Paul Gross ... Buddy French
Marcella Grimaux ... Mackenzie Fisher
Daniel MacIvor ... Stan Lastman
Terri Sanderson Terri Sanderson ... Reporter
Chris Saunderson Chris Saunderson ... Photographer
Caleb Langille Caleb Langille ... Taylor
Patrick Keeler Patrick Keeler ... Stuart
Maury Chaykin ... Mayor Brent Fisher
Chett Buchanan Chett Buchanan ... Golfing Businessman #1
Mike Goodfellow Mike Goodfellow ... Golfing Businessman #2
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Storyline

Wilby is the name of a small island in the Canadian Maritimes and the name of the main town located on the island. According to residents, there are two types of people who live on Wilby: islanders (people who were born on Wilby) and non-islanders. Among the townsfolk of Wilby are: single mom and recently returned islander Sandra Anderson, who was known as the girl in town with the reputation, something that has not changed in her adult years; Sandra's teen-aged daughter, Emily, who doesn't want to end up like her mother but can only think about making out with her new boyfriend; Buddy French, the local police officer who is having unspoken marital problems with his non-islander wife, Carol, the town realtor whose controlling behavior is pushing her and others around her on the verge of a nervous breakdown; the Mayor, Brent Fisher, who is secretly planning for his life post politics; dyslexic Duck McDonald, the town handyman; and recently separated non-islander Dan Jarvis who, because... Written by Huggo

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Everybody gets a second chance.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Вилби Великолепный See more »

Filming Locations:

Picton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Gross' two children Hannah and Jack Gross appear in the background of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Buddy French: I like Mark Twain. You know what else he said? "Faith is believing something you know isn't true."
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A Lighthearted Lovesong
Performed by The Pets
Written by Myron Schulz, Stephen Senkiw, Christopher Peters, Matthew Peters
Courtesy of Endearing Records
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What an unexpected pleasure
28 July 2005 | by hanrahanpmSee all my reviews

What an enjoyable movie. Saw it at the Stony Brook Film Festival and was disappointed to hear it has gone straight to video. With so much crap out there, there is surely a place for a movie like this. Unfortunately, there are no special effects, or in your face sex and violence. The story makes sense, the loose ends are tied up and the characters are real. In fact, one of the few known faces, to me, was Sandra Oh and she was nearly a distraction, because she is so familiar. Everyone else seemed more real. This movie was made by the same guy who made "Marion Bridge" another Canadian movie set in Cape Breton and starring, if that's the right word, the delightful Molly Parker. Bravo John McIvor and everyone involved in this thoroughly entertaining movie. You'd have been pleased at the ovation at the end of the screening.


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