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Olive Kitteridge 

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (2014)
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A middle-school math teacher Olive and her marriage with Henry which spans 25 years.
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 29 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Frances McDormand ...  Olive Kitteridge 4 episodes, 2014
Richard Jenkins ...  Henry Kitteridge 4 episodes, 2014
Ken Cheeseman ...  Harmon Newton 4 episodes, 2014
Ann Dowd ...  Bonnie Newton 4 episodes, 2014
Adam J. Freeman Adam J. Freeman ...  Doyle Larkin 4 episodes, 2014
Donna Mitchell ...  Louise Larkin 4 episodes, 2014
Martha Wainwright ...  Angela O'Meara 4 episodes, 2014
John Gallagher Jr. ...  Christopher Kitteridge 3 episodes, 2014
Peter Mullan ...  Jim O'Casey 3 episodes, 2014
SerahRose Roth SerahRose Roth ...  Mrs. Manhattan 2 episodes, 2014
Nancy E. Carroll Nancy E. Carroll ...  Lois Granger 2 episodes, 2014
Sean Vincent Sean Vincent ...  Manhattan Child 2 episodes, 2014
Rosemarie DeWitt ...  Rachel Coulson 2 episodes, 2014
Patrick French Patrick French ...  Mr. Manhattan 2 episodes, 2014
Marianna Bassham Marianna Bassham ...  Penny 2 episodes, 2014
Devin Druid ...  Christopher (Age 13) 2 episodes, 2014
Zoe Kazan ...  Denise Thibodeau 2 episodes, 2014
JoJo Whilden ...  Aid Rite Passerby 2 episodes, 2014
Brady Corbet ...  Henry Thibodeau 2 episodes, 2014
Calder Melvoin Calder Melvoin ...  Stan the Man 2 episodes, 2014
Bill Murray ...  Jack Kennison 2 episodes, 2014
Jesse Plemons ...  Jerry McCarthy 2 episodes, 2014
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ...  Linda Kennison 2 episodes, 2014
Katie Elinoff Katie Elinoff ...  Stock Girl 2 episodes, 2014
John T. Mullen ...  Kevin (Age 13) 2 episodes, 2014
Moira Driscoll ...  Mrs. Howe 2 episodes, 2014
Amanda Good Hennessey ...  Waitress 2 episodes, 2014
Anabel Graetz ...  Mrs. Merriman 2 episodes, 2014
Amanda Collins Amanda Collins ...  Nurse Patricia 2 episodes, 2014
James McMenamin ...  Tony Kuzio 2 episodes, 2014
Patrick Carroll ...  Dr. Ted 2 episodes, 2014
Maureen Keiller ...  Irene O'Casey 2 episodes, 2014
Rhet Kidd ...  Pig Mask 2 episodes, 2014
Paul Richard Yarborough ...  Ski Mask 2 episodes, 2014
Zillah Glory ...  Marlene Kuzio 2 episodes, 2014
John Vincent Mason John Vincent Mason ...  Cop 2 episodes, 2014
Christopher Jon Gombos ...  Cop 2 episodes, 2014
Frank Ridley ...  Mr. Thibodeau 2 episodes, 2014
Dee Nelson ...  Mary Blackwell 2 episodes, 2014
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Adrianne Krstansky Adrianne Krstansky ...  Cynthia Bibber 2 episodes, 2014
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Richard Snee Richard Snee ...  Robert Larkin 2 episodes, 2014
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Joseph Oliveira Joseph Oliveira ...  Fisherman / ... 2 episodes, 2014
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A look at a seemingly placid New England town that is actually wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, all told through the lens of Olive, whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center. The story spans 25 years and focuses on Olive's relationships with her husband, Henry, the good-hearted and kindly town pharmacist; their son, Christopher, who resents his mother's approach to parenting; and other members of their community. Written by HBO

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There's no such thing as a simple life.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Olive Kitteridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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John Gallagher Jr. auditioned for both the roles of adult Christopher Kitteridge and adult Kevin Coulson, before getting cast as Christopher Kitteridge. See more »

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Featured in 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015) See more »

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Psychological drama at times very uncomfortable to watch
5 November 2014 | by bobbobwhiteSee all my reviews

Family dysfunction reigns supreme in this oft-uncomfortable psycho-drama set in bucolic Maine over the course of 25 recent years. Nice, gentle, middle-aged pharmacist and sensitive, caring man married to a hard=edged, stern and very often mean schoolteacher who knows she is sick and "a beast" but cannot change her hurtful and often hateful ways, even to her own son who is obviously more like his dad, a nice boy scarred forever by his mother's mean words and insensitive nature. Depression "runs" in her family, she said, and it is easy to spot throughout in her as she suffers progressively from it as the story develops.

Frances McDormand shines bright in her demanding role as the hard-as-nails wife and mother who finds it so hard to show love or even "like" to her family, and she is always more than ready with a scathing snipe no matter the occasion or person, even at their son's wedding. Richard Jenkins is also very impressive as her good guy husband who is always nice, friendly and comforting to those around him who need it most. His Yin to her Yang, totally.

Coastal Massachusetts scenery subbing for Maine is stunning and beautifully shot. The script, though excellent and always engrossing, is often discomforting to watch, as there is little levity in it and things often get very serious and mean-spirited. No everyman crowd-pleaser this one, but it is very intelligently done and packs a hard and lasting, dysfunctional family/mental health punch for viewers expecting more from premium channel TV than silly laughs and chuckles from junk programming. Not many laughs here, just quality storytelling you will not easily forget.


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