MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 763 this week

The Spitfire Grill (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  23 August 1996 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 4,744 users  
Reviews: 77 user | 24 critic

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 »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 24 May 2012
 
a list of 32 titles
created 07 Jan 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 12 Jun 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 21 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Spitfire Grill (1996)

The Spitfire Grill (1996) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Spitfire Grill.
3 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blind Man (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Kevin and Derek hit the road from Chicago to show their film in the CineVegas film festival. Sort of.

Director: Tim Harrison
Stars: Brian McGuire, Bret Roberts, Nick Mystrom
12 I (2003)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A half-sister and brother, illegitimate offsprings of Zeus, are stranded on a Channel Island ranch and face eviction by the US Government. They must find a play fated by Zeus and perform it... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Bridges
Stars: Alison Elliott, Tony Griffin, Allen Lulu
Baby Monitor: Sound of Fear (TV Movie 1998)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A neglectful mother overhears her husband on the telephone at their workplace talking with their babysitter. She discovers they are having an affair and are going to have a baby. She ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Klenhard
Stars: Josie Bissett, Jason Beghe, Barbara Tyson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An impoverished woman who has been forced to choose between a privileged life with her wealthy aunt and her journalist lover, befriends an American heiress. When she discovers the heiress is attracted to her own lover and is dying, she sees a chance to have both the privileged life she cannot give up and the lover she cannot live without.

Director: Iain Softley
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alex Jennings
Country Justice (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A tough grandfather tries to protect his granddaughter from the man who raped her.

Director: Graeme Campbell
Stars: George C. Scott, Rachael Leigh Cook, Don Diamont
Ominous (2009)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

When the Callahans set off for a peaceful family vacation in the mountains they never expected their personal demons to follow them. The children discover a paranormal presence in the ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Bergonzoni
Stars: Sean Patrick Flaherty, Joseph Anthony Jette, Elizabeth Purdy
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A big city newspaper reporter returns to his small hometown and stumbles onto a horrific murder scene. He pursues the story relentlessly, it's his professional dream come true, but when he ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Libov
Stars: Will Patton, Michael DeLuise, Clare Wren
Terror Inside (2008)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

In the smallest of Florida towns a lone well driller, Joe, works gathering geological samples for a university study. Unknowingly, Joe unearths more than just primordial muck from deep ... See full summary »

Director: Joe G. Lenders
Stars: Corey Feldman, Tanya Memme, Joe Abby
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.

Director: Tina Mabry
Stars: Adam Clark, Malcolm Goodwin, Michael Hyatt
Extreme Close-Up (TV Movie 1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Disturbed by his mother's recent death, a teenage boy seeks to learn the truth.

Director: Peter Horton
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Morgan Weisser, Samantha Mathis
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A recovering gambling addict attempts to reconcile with his family and friends but finds trouble and temptation when caught between feelings for his ex-wife and her dangerous hoodlum boyfriend.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Peter Gallagher, Elisabeth Shue, Alison Elliott
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An abandoned teen jumps a freight train in Philadelphia intent on reaching his uncle in Indiana, whom he believes will help him with financial difficulties including a pregnant girlfriend. ... See full summary »

Director: Ed Radtke
Stars: Maurice Compte, Paddy Connor, Jeanne Heaton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Nahum Goddard
...
Joe Sperling
...
Sheriff Gary Walsh
...
Johnny B. / Eli
Louise De Cormier ...
Effy Katshaw
Ida Griesemer ...
Rebecca Goddard
Lincoln Grow ...
Molly Goddard
Emerson Grow ...
Molly Goddard
Sam Lloyd Sr. ...
Meeshack Boggs
Lisa Louise Langford ...
Jolene
Forrest Murray ...
Stuart
Patty Smith ...
Customer #1
Edit

Storyline

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 <erich@uruk.org>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Care of the Spitfire Grill  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

[first lines]
Percy: [answering call] Maine tourist office, how can I help you today?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Més enllà del riu (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Menace
Written and Produced by Wayne Peet
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Two leads can't prevent slip into melodrama
22 September 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

When this won the audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996, a lot of critics sharpened their knives, because the film was produced with money from a religious group, and they thought it was pushing religion on the masses. The truth is, only a couple of scenes take place at a church, and there's nothing particularly "religious" about the storyline. Having got that out of the way, this is another instance where good performances and a promising story are sunk by melodrama. The two good performances are Alison Elliot as Percy, the ex-convict, and the underrated Marcia Gay Harden as Shelby, the housewife who becomes her best friend. The movie is best in the scenes between the two of them(like when they're cooking breakfast together at the grill for the first time), and I also liked the way first time director Lee David Zlotoff uses the outdoors. But he's got a lot to learn about writing, as the movie gradually becomes melodramatic, with so much plot thrown in you're suffocating in it. Also, Will Patton, who I like, is stuck playing such a one-note character he might as well have "Warning: Plot Device" written on him, and Ellen Burstyn does her crotchety old woman again. All in all, a missed opportunity.


7 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who was Eli? ashputtle
Percy Christ? sjberke
Musical Warhol52
WHAT? philsy27
The ending? Destinygirlk-1
GREAT GREAT GREAT!!! japonozan11
Discuss The Spitfire Grill (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?