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The Spitfire Grill (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 September 1996 (USA)
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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Nahum Goddard
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Joe Sperling
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Sheriff Gary Walsh
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Effy Katshaw
Ida Griesemer ...
Rebecca Goddard
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Molly Goddard
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Meeshack Boggs
Lisa Louise Langford ...
Jolene
Forrest Murray ...
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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 <erich@uruk.org>

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

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

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6 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Care of the Spitfire Grill  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,643,776 (USA) (6 December 1996)
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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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There Is a Balm in Gilead
(uncredited)
traditional spiritual
Performed by Alison Elliott
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Brilliant! Wonderful script, acting, music and message.
18 March 2000 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

One of the reviews below states "I notice most of the negative reviews have been posted by men who obviously have no sensitivity." Well, as a 51 yr old man, I can tell you that I really loved this film and it did touch my heart and spirit. One of the best films that I have seen!

The three lead actresses were superb, especially Alison Elliott as Percy. It was all so 'real', and portrays small town life in an authentic, respectful manner. Everything was refreshing, including the deeper messages about life's struggles regarding relationships and inner psychological problems.

"Why aren't more films this good?" Indeed !!

For me, this film is better than "Fried Green Tomatoes" since it is not so blatantly anti-male (think about this!).


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