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The Spitfire Grill (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  23 August 1996 (USA)
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Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire ... See full summary »


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Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring resentment and fear in some, and growth in others. Written by Erich Boleyn <>

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To a town with no future, comes a girl with a past.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Care of the Spitfire Grill  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$150,049 (USA) (23 August 1996)


$12,643,776 (USA) (6 December 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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[first lines]
Percy: [answering call] Maine tourist office, how can I help you today?
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Little Kicks (1996) See more »


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Small town USA
26 February 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Spitfire Grill does a wonderful job capturing the small town New England landscape. The setting for the movie is important as its characters. Both begin to blend from the start of the story. Alison Elliott is by far terrific. At times, Alison Elliott resembles a young Jodie Foster as she plays this innocent, yet troubled youngster as she tries to start fresh with a new life in a new town. At times, the story takes on a biblical tale of forgiveness and loving thy neighbor. A perfect movie about respect and acceptance, The Spitfire Grill takes on a life of its own as the story builds and builds with more secrets. A nice ending that brings everything together and answers all the questions. Alison Elliott is great.

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