The Shipping News Movie Review 2001

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Spacey is Quoyle, a middle-aged lifetime loser who returns to his childhood home of Newfoundland with his daughter and aunt (Dench) after his adulterous wife (Blanchett) dies. There, among the absurdly quirky citizenry, he meets Wavey (Moore) a widow who runs the day-care center and may hold the key to changing Quoyle's life around. Those who read the book (and there are many), will be deeply disappointed, and those who haven't may merely be deeply depressed. The desolate landscape is beautifully shot, but Spacey is badly miscast as the sad-sack loser, and subplots that could lead to some drama are dropped inexplicably. Blanchett and Moore distinguish themselves nicely.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 120 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Canada, Family Drama, Front Page, Single Parents, Widows & Widowers
Robert Nelson Jacobs
Kevin Spacey, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Gordon Pinsent, Jason Behr, Larry Pine, Jeanetta Arnette, Robert Joy, Alyssa Gainer, Kaitlyn Gainer, Lauren Gainer
Oliver Stapleton
Lasse Hallstrom
Christopher Young
Glen Gauthier, Randy Spendlove, Andrew Mondshein, Karen Schulz Gropman, Peter Rogness, Renee Ehrlich Kalfus, David Gropman
Irwin Winkler, Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Leslie Holleran, Miramax Films


Natl. Bd. of Review 2001: Support. Actress (Blanchett).

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