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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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Kenneth Lonergan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Casey Affleck ... Lee Chandler
Ben O'Brien ... Young Patrick
Kyle Chandler ... Joe Chandler
Richard Donelly Richard Donelly ... Mr. Martinez (1st Tenant)
Virginia Loring Cooke Virginia Loring Cooke ... Mrs. Groom (2nd tenant)
Quincy Tyler Bernstine ... Marianne (3rd Tenant)
Missy Yager ... Mrs. Olsen (4th Tenant)
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Mr. Emery
Ben Hanson Ben Hanson ... Lenny - the bartender
Mary Mallen ... Sharon
Lewis D. Wheeler ... 1st Businessman at Bar
Anthony Estrella Anthony Estrella ... 2nd Businessman at Bar
C.J. Wilson ... George
Susan Pourfar ... Nurse Irene
Robert Sella Robert Sella ... Dr. Muller
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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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Heartbreaking and Heart-warming. Packs an emotional wallop! See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

According to an interview with Kenneth Lonergan on DP/30, the idea for the film didn't originate with him - the main core of a character going back home to take care of a family member after a death was pitched to Lonergan by Matt Damon and John Krasinski as a script that Lonergan would write and for Damon to direct; but, due to scheduling conflicts with The Martian (2015), Damon couldn't direct the film or star in it. (He was considered for the role of Lee that Casey Affleck was cast in.) Lonergan was then given free rein as a writer-director for the project, with Damon as producer. See more »

Goofs

When Patrick is at Jeffrey and Elise's home for lunch he unfurls and places the same napkin in his lap twice yet the napkin is again folded beneath his fork when he leaves the table to wash his hands. See more »

Quotes

Lee Chandler: You know, I've seen a school of sharks tear a boat to pieces like it was made of cardboard because some kid threw a band-aid in the water.
Patrick: Oh, yeah...
Lee Chandler: Yeah, he did! Sometimes the only way to keep them off is to throw the kid directly in the ocean to distract them!
Patrick: Shut up. Sharks don't even swim in schools!
Lee Chandler: Huh? He says sharks don't swim in schools. Smart kid.
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Alternate Versions

In Australia, the film was originally passed MA-15+ uncut, however the distributors opted to re-edit the audio and cut the length of the film, in order to remove every use of the term 'c-t' and 'motherf--er'. Following these changes the film was later re-classified and the rating was lowered to 'M'. See more »


Soundtracks

He Shall Feed His Flock Like A Shepherd; Come Unto Him - The Messiah
Written by George Frideric Handel
Katherine Ciesinski and Judith Blegen, Solists
Performed by Musica Sacra Chorus & Musica Sacra Orchestra (as Orchestra)
Conducted by Richard Westenburg
Courtesy of Sony Classical
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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See It for Affleck!
6 January 2017 | by Bob-562See all my reviews

In spite of a most annoying & pretentious score, this was a very moving film--actually a mouth-gaping appreciation of Casey Affleck. He carries the film, along with the actor playing his brother, Michelle Williams, & his nephew. Some scenes early on seem to plod on, and the pivotal scene of Affleck's past (that will forever haunt him) is reconstructed by voice-over rather than __seeing__ the evidence, which becomes a little disconcerting, considering how important it is. I was really impressed by Affleck's character, who seemed incapable of enjoying anything in his life. His alcoholism is palpable, as well as his violence, but he plays a wholly realized character--infinitely better than he did in "Gone Baby Gone." I hope he wins an Oscar for this role: I've never seen him better. And Michelle Williams is wonderful, especially in a near-conclusion confrontation with Affleck: that alone is Oscar-worthy. It's beautifully shot in the actual Manchester-by-the-Sea, and it's definitely worth seeing.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Lynn, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$256,498, 20 November 2016

Gross USA:

$47,695,371

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,988,148
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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