A fisherman with a dysfunctional family discovers some moss with magical properties.

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Adam Massey

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Court Crandall, Andrew James (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Meaney ... Cody Brewer
Alberta Watson ... Martha Brewer
Graham Greene ... Sheriff
Jack Knight ... Jake Brewer
Cliff Saunders ... Dale Ewing
Joe Pingue ... Bubba Jenkins
Bruce McFee Bruce McFee ... Walter Hogshead
Keir Gilchrist ... Mike Stanton
Erik Knudsen ... Timmy Brock (as Eric Knudsen)
Deborah Grover ... Edith Hogshead
Chris Benson Chris Benson ... Rusty Kendrick
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... Norm
Ken James Ken James ... Mayor Fischer
Jonathan Whittaker ... Hal Brock
Kevin Jubinville ... Darryl Stern
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Cody Brewer, a quiet New England fisherman isn't doing too well for himself. His wife feels neglected, and his son keeps getting picked on by the school bully. While out collecting his lobster traps one day, Cody finds a strange green moss that holds magical powers. Once word gets out about the magical moss, the entire town suddenly becomes Cody's best friend, all hoping to get a piece of it. With the townspeople clamoring for some moss and the already delicate state of the Brewer family, Cody has a tough time figuring out exactly what to do. Written by Anonymous

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They never asked for a miracle.

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual material, including brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Feature Films for Families buys copyrights to family films and edits them to remove anything that might cause young children to ask awkward questions of their parents. They made 28 cuts deleting frames from the film and 6 additional cuts to the soundtrack that didn't cut the film length, shortening the film by 0:11:47, from 1:34:56 down to 1:23:09, and released their shortened version on DVD in 2009. Most of the deletions were to delete words or sentences containing the words: bastard (1), crap (5), damn (5), hell (4), Jesus (1), making-out (1), shit (1), shut up (1); some were to delete images: severed finger, burned arm, naked buttock, short red negligée, one boy repeatedly slugging another; some were to delete concepts: drinking beer (2), a man talking to another man's wife (2), erectile dysfunction (3), disrespect of public officials (sheriff shoplifting, sheriff littering, mayor saying of Moss World - "Just think what it'd do for the town"). One cut did eviscerate the mea culpa moment in Jake Brewer's view of what to do with the miracle moss: the deletion of the last exchange in Jake's talk with his best friend Mike after Mike says "Ya know, Jake, one day you'll lose someone you care about, and then you'll feel differently" [a reference to Mike's father who died 5 months before]. Jake: [deleted] I still won't give a crap about Timmy Brock. Mike: [deleted] Ya know, Jake, sometimes you can be a real looser. This prodding swayed Jake's perspective on whether the moss should be sold for $500,000 or used to save the life of the bully Timmy Brock. See more »

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References The Young and the Restless (1973) See more »

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fish tale
4 January 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Cody Brewer (Colm Meaney) is a struggling New England lobster fisherman. His waitress wife Martha (Alberta Watson) feels ignored. His son Jake gets picked on. They have a three-legged dog. Cody finds a fluorescent green moss in one of his traps. When the motor cuts off his finger, the green moss provides magical healing. When friend Rusty suffers a devastating burn, Cody uses the moss. Soon news of the magical moss spreads in the small town.

This is one fish tale that could use some more cinematic surreal magic and a faster pace. There is a bit of good dry humor but it's only mildly amusing. Colm Meaney is as good as ever. There are no natural comedians but everybody is a good actor. The sheriff's investigative skills are rather funny. The laidback nature slows the movie down but it has a nice charm about it. It has a couple of heartfelt stories and some light dusting of humor.


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21 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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