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The Shipping News (18-Dec-2001)

Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Writer: Robert Nelson Jacobs

From novel: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

Music by: Christopher Young

Producers: Irwin Winkler; Lindda Goldstein Knowlton; Leslie Holleran

Keywords: Drama

A troubled man starts a new life in his ancestral home of Newfoundland after his wife's death.

Disaffected middle-aged Quoyle returns to his ancestral home in Newfoundland at the urging of his Aunt Agnis after his estranged wife passes away. Quoyle experiences an apparent personal rebirth amidst the harsh coastal Canadian climes, landing a job covering the shipping news for the local paper; interpersonal problems and other conflicts unfold in dramatic fashion as he attempts to adjust to life in Newfoundland.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jeannetta Arnette
29-Jul-1954   Bernadette Meara on Head of the Class
Jason Behr
30-Dec-1973   Max Evans on Roswell
Cate Blanchett
14-May-1969   Galadriel in LOTR
Judi Dench
9-Dec-1934   Mrs. Brown
Scott Glenn
26-Jan-1941   The Silence of the Lambs
Rhys Ifans
22-Jul-1968   Notting Hill
Robert Joy
17-Aug-1951   Dr. Sid Hammerback on CSI: NY
Marc Lawrence
17-Feb-1910 28-Nov-2005 Prolific character actor
Katherine Moennig
29-Dec-1977   The L Word
Julianne Moore
3-Dec-1960   Boogie Nights, Short Cuts
Gordon Pinsent
12-Jul-1930   Fraser, Sr. on Due South
Pete Postlethwaite
16-Feb-1946 2-Jan-2011 In the Name of the Father
Kevin Spacey
26-Jul-1959   The Usual Suspects


Kevin Spacey   ...   Quoyle
Julianne Moore   ...   Wavey Prowse
Judi Dench   ...   Agnis Hamm
Scott Glenn   ...   Jack Buggit
Rhys Ifans   ...   Beaufield Nutbeem
Pete Postlethwaite   ...   Tert Card
Cate Blanchett   ...   Petal
Gordon Pinsent   ...   Billy Pretty
Jason Behr   ...   Dennis Buggit
Larry Pine   ...   Bayonet Melville
Jeannetta Arnette   ...   Silver Melville
Robert Joy   ...   EMS Officer
Alyssa Gainer   ...   Bunny
Kaitlyn Gainer   ...   Bunny
Lauren Gainer   ...   Bunny
John Dunsworth   ...   Guy Quoyle
Anthony Cipriano   ...   Young Quoyle (7)
Kyle Smith   ...   Young Quoyle (12)
Ken James   ...   Newspaper Boss
Roman Podhora   ...   Muscular Man
Luke Fisher   ...   Barfly
Terry Daly   ...   Hunky Guy
Gary Levert   ...   Newspaper Employee
Stephen Morgan   ...   Bartender Dave
Katherine Moennig   ...   Grace Moosup
Daniel Kash   ...   Det. Danzig
Will McAllister   ...   Herry Prowse
Marc Lawrence   ...   Cousin Nolan
Kathryn Fraser   ...   Daycare Mom
Nancy Beatty   ...   Mavis Bangs
R. D. Reid   ...   Alvin Yark
Deborah Grover   ...   Edna Buggit
Jon Whalen   ...   Big Guy
Nicole Underhay   ...   Beety Buggit
Emma Taylor-Isherwood   ...   Young Agnis
Andrew Fowler   ...   Guy Quoyle (15)
John MacEachern   ...   Drunken Guy
Jonathan Creaser   ...   Paramedic
Richard Hamilton   ...   Re-Voicing


Review by banion48 (posted on 4-Apr-2005)

Kevin Spacey again regales audiences with a unique and melancholic story of everyday man's life -- the trials, tribulations and small successes each person enjoys. This time he is playing a dim-witted, lovable oaf named Quoyle who falls in love with the wrong sort of girl. Sleep-walking through life, Quoyle's only joys are his daughter, Bunny, and the manic love his wife gives him. When she burns out and his father dies his Aunt comes from the far North to express her sympathies. She finds a man undone. Taking him back to Newfoundland, she forces him to set up a new life and find a little bit of self-confidence.

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