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Wonder Wheel (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama | 15 December 2017 (USA)
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On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator, his beleaguered wife, and the visitor who turns their lives upside-down.

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... Mickey
... Carolina
... Boardwalk Vendor
... Ginny
... Humpty
... Richie
... Humpty's Friend
... Angelo
... Nick (as Steven R. Schirripa)
John Doumanian ... Ruby's Bartender
... Flirtatious Man at Ruby's (as Thomas Guiry)
... Fishing Buddy
... Fishing Buddy
... Fishing Buddy
... Fishing Buddy
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In the hustle and bustle of 1950s Coney Island, where the buzzing crowd comes and goes trudging slowly over the wooden boardwalks, silent stories of the everyday toilers who give life to the attraction unfold. Somewhere in a clam bar, there's the sad waitress Ginny, a one-time actress and now a suffering wife who's been given a second chance by the side of the well-intentioned but uncouth carousel operator, Humpty. On the other hand, there's Humpty's 26-year-old estranged daughter, Carolina, who left the familial nest and a preordained future seeking adventure as a mobster's wife; only to return home with her wings broken, begging for forgiveness. And from the lifeguard's high tower, where all is in plain sight, the young and charming lifesaver and hopeful playwright, Mickey, is the inadvertent but potent catalyst that binds everything together. Shattered dreams, reckless love and betrayal, all under the bright lights of Coney Island. Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content including some sexuality, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,403,237, 28 January 2018
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Mickey, Justin Timberlake's character, is an aspiring writer living in Greenwich Village. Justin Timberlake also plays an aspiring artist who lives in Greenwich Village in the movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013). See more »

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The benches on the boardwalk were the new type which were installed a few years ago after they repaired the boardwalk. See more »

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Mickey: [narrating] Coney Island, 1950's. The beach, the boardwalk. Once a luminous jewel, but growing relentlessly seedier as the tides roll in and out. Summers I work here on Bay 7. Comes the fall, I'm a student at New York University going for my Master's in European drama. I'm Mickey Rubin. Poetic by nature. I harbor dreams of being a writer. A writer of truly great plays, so I can one day surprise everyone and turn out a profound masterpiece.
Mickey: [to the camera] Anyhow. Let me get to the ...
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References Winchester '73 (1950) See more »

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Harbor Lights
Composed by Jimmy Kennedy & Hugh Williams
Performed by Swing & Sway with Sammy Kaye
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Critics Get It Wrong
12 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

It's very stagey yes, but there's nothing wrong with that, in fact I think that adds to the drama. Excellent movie with a brilliant performance from Kate Winslet, ignore the critics and enjoy.


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