DVD 111 mins IMDB 6.8 (9,503 votes)
The Shipping News
Miramax (2001)
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(2003 )
USA  /  English

Kevin Spacey Quoyle
Julianne Moore Wavey Prowse
Judi Dench Agnis Hamm
Cate Blanchett Petal Bear
Pete Postlethwaite Tert Card
Scott Glenn Jack Buggit
Rhys Ifans Beaufield Nutbeem
Gordon Pinsent Billy Pretty
Jason Behr Dennis Buggit
Larry Pine Bayonet Melville
Jeanetta Arnette Silver Melville
Robert Joy EMS Officer
Alyssa Gainer Bunny Quoyle
Kaitlyn Gainer Bunny Quoyle
Lauren Gainer Bunny Quoyle

Director Lasse Hallström; Andrew Mondshein; Lasse Hallstrom
Producer Rob Cowan; Linda Goldstein Knowlton; Leslie Holleran; Irwin Winkler
Writer E. Annie Proulx; Robert Nelson Jacobs
Cinematography Oliver Stapleton
Musician Christopher Young
User Credit 1 Andrew Mondshein
User Credit 2 Renee Ehrlich Kalfus

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by E. Annie Proulx becomes this drama from director Lasse Hallström. Kevin Spacey stars as Quoyle, a struggling, emotionally drained newspaper reporter suffering through a wretched marriage with the abusive Petal (Cate Blanchett), a promiscuous wild woman who tries to sell their daughter, Bunny, into adoption before she's killed in a car wreck. Retrieving his daughter, Quoyle sets out for Newfoundland, his ancestral home, with his long-lost Aunt Agnis (Judi Dench). Although he initially finds life on the island to be as forbidding and severe as Agnis herself, Quoyle gets work as a shipping columnist for the local newspaper "The Gammy Bird," owned by eccentric fisherman Jack Buggit (Scott Glenn). Quoyle's work soon finds an appreciative audience and he begins to rebuild his life, dating local single mother Wavey (Julianne Moore), learning some sea craft, discovering his family's dark history, and finally earning some self-respect. Agnis, in the meantime, starts her own successful business and faces a traumatic incident from her childhood involving Quoyle's late father. The Shipping News (2001) co-stars Rhys Ifans and Pete Postlethwaite. — Karl Williams

Edition Details
Barcode 786936165470
Region Region 1
Chapters 18
Release Date 6/11/2001
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Some language, sexuality and disturbing images.
User Text 2 Dive Beneath The Surface
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Trivia: Jason Behr put on 15 pounds for his role as Dennis Buggit. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: Dennis Buggit's wedding ring disappears as he sits at the counter in the restaurant. (more)

Quotes: Billy: [delivering a eulogy at Jack's wake] Jack is ... Jack is all right now. You all know ... we are only passing by. We walk over these stones a few times. Our boats ... sail for a little while on the waves and then they have to sink. Jack knew that, better than anyone. Right, Jack? (more)

Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations (more)