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The Light Between Oceans (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 2 September 2016 (USA)
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A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Sherbourne
... Isabel Graysmark
... Hannah Roennfeldt
Florence Clery ... Lucy-Grace
... Ralph Addicott
... Bluey Smart
Jane Menelaus ... Violet Graysmark
Garry McDonald ... Bill Graysmark
... Sergeant Vernon Knuckey
... Constable Harry Garstone
... Gwen Potts
... Septimus Potts
... Neville Whittnish
Peter McCauley ... Sergeant Spragg
... Frank Roennfeldt
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Storyline

A war weary man takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on an island for the solitude. He meets a beautiful young woman and they eventually marry. One day they see a small dingy with an infant and man inside floating in the ocean. They rush to rescue them only to find the man is dead. They struggle over the decision to report it and whether to keep the baby. It's only years later that they discover that the child still has a mother looking for her. Written by indialm

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Let Love Lie. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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2 September 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La luz entre los océanos  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,765,838, 2 September 2016

Gross USA:

$12,545,979, 3 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,905,264, 3 November 2016
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Five people portrayed the character Lucy/Grace: twins Elliot Newbery and Evangeline Newbery as a baby; Georgie Gascoigne as a one-year-old; Florence Clery as a four-year-old and Caren Pistorius as an adult. See more »

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Multiple date discrepancies: (1) the calendar in the kitchen in May 1921 showed May 1st as a Monday, but 5/1/21 was a Sunday; (2) the calendar in the kitchen in April 1923 showed April 1st as a Thursday, but 4/1/23 was a Sunday; (3) the calendar in lighthouse in 1923 says Monday, April 27, but 4/27/23 was a Friday; and (4) a notice on a bulletin board in 1927 says a Nativity play will be performed on Saturday, December 14th, but 12/14/27 was a Wednesday. See more »

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[first lines]
Tom Sherbourne: I'm just looking to get away from things for a little while.
Mr. Coughlan: [sitting behind his desk] Well, it's no paradise out on that island. Just want to make sure you know what you're in for.
Tom Sherbourne: All due respect, Mr. Coughlan, it's not likely to be tougher than the Western Front.
Mr. Coughlan: Oh, you're probably right about that. You pay your own passage to every posting. You're a relief worker so you don't get holidays. I understand you're a single man. No family. So, that's a slight concern. Wouldn't ...
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Waltzing Matilda
Written by Christina Macpherson and A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
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Great adaptation of the book
11 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

For those who were fans of the book, it was a great adaptation. It was slow, but that was certainly true to the book.

The acting was excellent, and I loved the cast. Fassbender and Weisz are always winners, of course - Vikander I have enjoyed in the three movies I've seen her in. She was great when she needed to be great in this movie - there were some very dramatic and poignant scenes, and she pulled them off.

I loved the cinematography – especially the scenes filmed on the island – the constant wind! That was something which was conveyed in the book, but it's hard to keep "constant ferocious screaming wind" in your head while reading, because it would be awful if it were mentioned every paragraph, yet it's easy to forget that crucial detail while reading – the movie definitely conveyed that. Very atmospheric.

Yes, it was on the slow side - so don't watch it while drowsy, and you should be fine!


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