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The Spitfire Grill (1996)

 -  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 <erich@uruk.org>

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

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$12,643,776 (USA) (6 December 1996)
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Very Good Story
22 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young woman, Percy (Elliott), is released from prison and goes to a small town in Maine to start over. She gets a job at the Spitfire Grill run by Hannah (Burstyn). Starting over in a small New England town with its clannish ways and suspicions of strangers is not easy and Percy has a hard row to hoe.

A friend of mine said they don't make movies like this anymore and he is right. The owner of the Prime Time Video store says this movie is always going out the door and did surmise that it might be a cult movie. He has not seen it yet. Well, it's not a cult movie. It's simply a very good story.

It's a wonderful true to life story about three women (Gay Harden being the other one) who carry their baggage with them and try to get by. Percy is haunted by her past; Hannah is guilt-ridden regarding her family; and Shelby (Gay Harden) is tormented by her husband. All three need each other to understand each is not alone.

I went back to 1996 and 1997 to see if this movie or stars had been nominated for anything in the Academy Awards. Nothing was found, but there should have been something or someone nominated. I would have guessed that Marcia Gay Harden would have been nominated for a best supporting actress award. She would have had my vote.

Although made in 1996, I suppose this is the type of movie that goes out the door a lot because of word of mouth. If you see this movie, pass it on. It is a very good story.

BTW: the friend who recommended this to me owes me a box of Kleenix. Yeah, you're gonna need it.


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