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The Bookshop (2017)

PG | | Drama | 24 August 2018 (USA)
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England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.

Director:

Isabel Coixet

Writers:

Isabel Coixet (screenplay), Penelope Fitzgerald (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Mortimer ... Florence Green
Bill Nighy ... Edmund Brundish
Hunter Tremayne ... Mr. Keble
Honor Kneafsey ... Christine
Michael Fitzgerald ... Mr. Raven
Frances Barber ... Jessie
Reg Wilson ... General Gamart
James Lance ... Milo North
Patricia Clarkson ... Violet Gamart
Lucy Beckwith Lucy Beckwith ... Guest One
Nigel O'Neill ... Mr. Deben
Jorge Suquet ... Mr. Thornton
Harvey Bennett Harvey Bennett ... Wally
Lana O'Kell Lana O'Kell ... Ivy Welford
Adie Allen ... Mrs. Traill
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Storyline

England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. While bringing about a surprising cultural awakening through works by Ray Bradbury and Vladimir Nabokov, she earns the polite but ruthless opposition of a local grand dame (Patricia Clarkson) and the support and affection of a reclusive book loving widower (Bill Nighy). As Florence's obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's acclaimed novel and directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive), The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.

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A town without a bookshop is no town at all. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements, language, and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is the third collaboration between Patricia Clarkson and Isabel Coixet, after Elegy and Learning to Drive, and the second 2017 film that features both Mortimer and Clarkson after The Party. See more »

Goofs

Inside the bookshop, modern Penguin Clothbound Classics can be seen on the shelves. These editions were put out in the last 20 years, bound to look like older styles, but are, indeed, recent publications. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: She told me once: "When we read a story, we inhabit it; the covers of the books are like a roof and four walls: a house." She, more than anything else in the world, loved the moment when you've finished a book and the story keeps playing like the most vivid dream in your head.
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Soundtracks

Anyone for Croquet
Written, Arranged and Performed by Fred Hartley
From the album "Proud to be British"
Courtesy of Chappell Recorded Muisc Library
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Sadly Underrated
13 September 2019 | by hatsuharu55See all my reviews

I do not understand how this beautiful film could have such . . . abysmal ratings. I believe it deserves more credit. Anyone with a love of literature or this style of film should definitely give it a watch and appreciate it!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,736, 26 August 2018

Gross USA:

$1,588,150

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,055,868
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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