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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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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Timberlake ... Mickey
Juno Temple ... Carolina
Robert C. Kirk ... Boardwalk Vendor
Kate Winslet ... Ginny
Jim Belushi ... Humpty
Jack Gore ... Richie
Tommy Nohilly ... Humpty's Friend
Tony Sirico ... Angelo
Steve Schirripa ... Nick (as Steven R. Schirripa)
John Doumanian John Doumanian ... Ruby's Bartender
Tom Guiry ... Flirtatious Man at Ruby's (as Thomas Guiry)
Max Casella ... Fishing Buddy
Gregory Dann ... Fishing Buddy
Bobby Slayton ... Fishing Buddy
Michael Zegarski ... Fishing Buddy
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Set on Coney Island in the 1950s, the Wonder Wheel is still in operation, but the Parachute Drop, seen in the background, ceased operation in 1964 and survives only as a tower. It's nicknamed the Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn. See more »

Goofs

At least two references are made to "body language", a term that was not commonly used (perhaps, not even invented) until the 1971 book of the same name by Julius Fast. Some psychologists of the 1950s used the then-new word, "kinesics", to describe non-verbal communication that later became known as "body language". See more »

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[first lines]
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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Soundtracks

Bell Bottom Trousers
Composed by Moe Jaffe
Performed by Max Casella, Danielle Ferland, Debi Mazar, Bobby Slayton & Juno Temple
Courtesy of Gravier Productions, Inc.
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Brilliant
5 December 2018 | by stephenwaltonSee all my reviews

This is a fresh and brilliant story. I liked all the characters. Kate Winslet gives a brilliant performance as the story's main character. Wonderful film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$125,570, 3 December 2017

Gross USA:

$1,404,061

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,889,124
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Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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