• The Shipping News (2002)

The Shipping News

Release Date: January 11th, 2002

DVD Release Date: June 18th, 2002

R |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

Traces one man's extraordinary journey toward self -discovery when he returns to his ancestral home on the coast of Newfoundland. After the death of his estranged wife, Quoyle's fortunes begin to change when his long-lost aunt convinces him and his daughter to head north. Now, in a place where life is as rough as the weather and secrets are as vast as the ocean, Quoyle lands a job as a reporter for the local paper. In the course of his new career he uncovers some dark family secrets.

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Pete Postlethwaite, Scott Glenn, Rhys Ifans, Gordon Pinsent

Director: Lasse Hallström

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Miramax Films

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: Daughter, House, Transformation, Touching, Emotional, Father, Love, 2000s, Husband, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Kevin Spacey's pinched portrayal of Quoyle as a scared palooka rarely transcends its own artifice.

  • 75
    Bob GrahamSan Francisco Chronicle

    It's hardly possible to overstate what a welcome change of pace The Shipping News is for admirers of Kevin Spacey. show more

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Beside its major virtues, it contains a vice: that one flat lead performance. Who would have thought Kevin Spacey would ever go dull on us? show more

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Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama