A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.


Kenneth Lonergan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Casey Affleck ... Lee Chandler
Ben O'Brien ... Young Patrick
Kyle Chandler ... Joe Chandler
Richard Donelly Richard Donelly ... Mr. Martinez (1st Tenant)
Virginia Loring Cooke Virginia Loring Cooke ... Mrs. Groom (2nd tenant)
Quincy Tyler Bernstine ... Marianne (3rd Tenant)
Missy Yager ... Mrs. Olsen (4th Tenant)
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Mr. Emery
Ben Hanson Ben Hanson ... Lenny - the bartender
Mary Mallen ... Sharon
Lewis D. Wheeler ... 1st Businessman at Bar
Anthony Estrella Anthony Estrella ... 2nd Businessman at Bar
C.J. Wilson ... George
Susan Pourfar Susan Pourfar ... Nurse Irene
Robert Sella Robert Sella ... Dr. Muller


Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother's heart has given out suddenly, and he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy. Written by Jwelch5742

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Kenneth Lonergan stated that he got bored with the original draft quite quickly. After six to eight months he threw out everything and restarted the movie with Casey Affleck shoveling snow. However, after seeing and loving the footage of Casey going out to sea on the boat it was edited to the beginning of the film. See more »


At the end of the boat scene where Lee, Patrick and Sandy are on the stern as it pulls away from the camera, there is a coil of rope at Lee's feet, which alternates from being coiled to uncoiled between shots. See more »


Patrick: What happened to your hand?
Lee Chandler: I cut it.
Patrick: Oh, thanks. For a minute there, I didn't know what happened.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits rolls on with background of nature, boats and the town, in particular the scenic beaches. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Australia, the film was originally passed MA-15+ uncut, however the distributors opted to re-edit the audio and cut the length of the film, in order to remove every use of the term 'c-t' and 'motherf--er'. Following these changes the film was later re-classified and the rating was lowered to 'M'. See more »


Adagio In G Minor
Written by Tomaso Albinoni and Remo Giazotto
Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of X5 Music
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An admirable film for the whole drama-genre
1 April 2020 | by maxvanstraelenSee all my reviews

Rarely there is a film these days to come out of Hollywood that is so humane, realistic and straight to the point. Though it feels a little bit overdone at times, the performances and subtle writing made 'Manchester by the Sea' a drama of craftsmanship.

While many don't like it because it doesn't 'hit home', I like it just for that reason, cause it does 'hit home' in a way. The story is told in a way that happens exclusively in the real world, without escaping to some universe all the time. It's a tale of mourning, loss and pain. It could just happen to you. See, that's what gives 'Manchester by the Sea' it's relatability and humanity.

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Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manchester by the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Lynn, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$256,498, 20 November 2016

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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