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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | | Drama | 16 December 2016 (USA)
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A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

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Mrs. Groom (2nd tenant)
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Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother's heart has given out suddenly, and he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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16 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Manchester junto al mar  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$256,498, 20 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,695,120, 21 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,201,310, 19 March 2017
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Not burying the departed until spring is true in some cases and mostly depends on the cemetery. In most cemeteries you can get by this with a steam shovel, however in older cemeteries those aren't permitted and it's required to wait for warmer temperatures. See more »

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The fishing boat has registration numbers on its side beginning with "MS". Pleasure boats have numbers beginning with MS but commercial boats do not. See more »

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Patrick: Who you gonna shoot, you or me?
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2017) See more »

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45 Revolutions Per Minute
Written by Ryan Taylor
Performed by Oil Boom
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Love and Loss in Lobsterland
12 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

'Manchester by the Sea' is set in a similar demographic to Lonergan's earlier film 'You Can Count On Me', which depicted a couple of New England siblings struggling to deal with emotional turmoil caused by some of life's everyday problems. Manchester's plot is similarly simple

  • a reclusive, short-tempered handyman called Lee is entrusted with the
unwanted guardianship of a teenage nephew after his brother's sudden death, and this upheaval delivers some complications to his dismal existence.

Michelle Williams and the support cast do a decent job creating the Massachusetts coastal community surrounding Lee, but Casey Affleck's one-note performance is too stubbornly dour to sustain interest in his lead character over a two-hour film. The camera trudges after Lee throughout the proceedings, revealing a monosyllabic, hard-drinking sourpuss. Eventually, through flashbacks, it shows how various intoxicants combined with a minor oversight cost him his sense of humor and much else besides. By the time this revelation has arrived, it's become hard to care overmuch for the surly protagonist, his sorry tale or how he resolves his current dilemma. Manchester would have probably been a more memorable story if Lonergan's script had chosen to follow the path of Michelle Williams' sharp-tongued Randi.


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