The Shipping News

The Shipping News

DVD - 2011
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An inksetter in New York, Quoyle returns to his family's longtime home, a small fishing town in Newfoundland, with his young daughter, after a traumatizing experience with her mother, who sold her to an illegal adoption agency. Though Quoyle has had little success thus far in life, his shipping news column in the local newspaper finds an audience, and his experiences in the town begin to change his life.

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libertycat
Aug 07, 2017

I'm sorry I wasted an evening being polluted by this ugly story.

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JLMason
Mar 25, 2017

Kevin Spacey is a good actor, but he's miscast in this superficial movie about finding yourself by returning to your roots, this time in rural Newfoundland. Spacey the actor radiates intelligence and self-confidence. Here he plays a downtrodden loser reminiscent of his deceptive role in The Usual Suspects, and I kept expecting him to reveal himself as the smartest guy on the Rock. Populated by stereotype oddballs in a cliche screenplay, the story is a weird mix of whimsey and serious, sometimes ugly, issues. The rugged scenery is nice, though.

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macierules
Mar 15, 2017

Now that's a cast! Really enjoyed this film!

BookReviewer2015 Sep 16, 2016

One of my most favourite films!

A man finds a fresh start and redemption in his ancestral homeland: Newfoundland!

Favourite quote: "Tea's a strong drink. It will keep you going."

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 12, 2016

A truly Canadian film based on a truly Canadian book, I was moved by THE SHIPPING NEWS. I can't explain it. It feels deeply rooted in my soul, despite not being a Newfoundlander. THE SHIPPING NEWS is a father-daughter tale of sadness and rebirth. Julianne Moore's performance is incredible as the single mother of a challenged young son; Kevin Spacey is equally good as the father of an emotionally raw little girl. Judi Dench knocks it out of the park, which is just what Judi Dench does. THE SHIPPING NEWS is a thing to behold. That being said, I do understand why some people won't take to a film like this. It might feel too personal, too unique geographically, and thus not relateable. Regardless, it's a film about people and their growth, an emotionally driven tale. I don't think I would watch it again, but I truly enjoyed THE SHIPPING NEWS.

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COURIER3
Jul 29, 2015

An interesting story, especially for genealogists. Be sure and watch bonus features. Filmed in multiple towns Lots of wind, rain & cold to film this movie. Interesting what can happen to ashes of someone who wrongs a sister.
Kept my interest in this 2002 movie. The library dashboard software is a great place to find these hidden treasures.

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JackPurcell
Apr 28, 2015

Good movie with a nice plot, nice scenery and enough out of the ordinary to pique the interest.

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rslade
Jul 10, 2014

An interesting story and film, and a wonderful acting job by Spacey.

dgfe7ytrhgfo9t90 Jul 03, 2014

I love this movie Judi Dench is awesome and Kevin Spacey made the difference, because I felt the passion he had for the newspaper and the woman of his dreams.

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gosselil
Sep 03, 2013

Brooding, and a bit quirky, but great acting by Kevin Spacey, Judi Dench, Julianne Moore and Gordon Pinsent. Made me want to visit Newfoundland.

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Monolith
Mar 18, 2012

(To complement Sunnchilde's version) Billy: "It's finding the center of your story, the beating heart of it, that's what makes a reporter. You have to start by making up some headlines. You know, short, punchy, dramatic headlines. Now, have a look, what do you see? (Points at dark clouds on the horizon)... Tell me the headline." Quoyle: "Horizon Fills With Dark Clouds?" Billy: "Imminent Storm Threatens Village." Quoyle: "But what if no storm comes?" Billy: "Village Spared From Deadly Storm."

Sunnchilde Aug 25, 2011

"Village spared from deadly storm."

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