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State and Main (2000)

A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Higgins ...
Doc Wilson
Michael Bradshaw ...
Priest
Morris Lamore ...
Bunky
Allen Soule ...
Spud
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Doug Mackenzie
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Ann
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Jack
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Carla
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Hotel Clerk
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Mayor George Bailey
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Water Delivery Man
Tony Mamet ...
Electrician
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Bellhop
Michael James O'Boyle ...
Chuckie
Charlotte Potok ...
Maude
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Storyline

Having left New Hampshire over excessive demands by the locals, the cast and crew of "The Old Mill" moves their movie shoot to a small town in Vermont. However, they soon discover that The Old Mill burned down in 1960, the star can't keep his pants zipped, the starlet won't take her top off, and the locals aren't quite as easily conned as they appear. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked Questions Later. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexual images | See all certifications »
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12 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Attention, on tourne!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$580,163 (USA) (29 December 2000)

Gross:

$6,920,692 (USA) (9 March 2001)
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Trivia

In the movie, the fictional internet company that wants to advertise in the movie-within-a-movie is Bazoomer.com. To this day, if you go to www.bazoomer.com, you will see a white page with the phrase "Go You Huskies". This is a reference to a line said by several townspeople throughout the movie. There is also a link you can click on to find out why the 1975 Waterford Huskies didn't win the state championship. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, a Boston Commuter Rail train appears in what is supposed to be Vermont. See more »

Quotes

Bunky: Well, it takes all kinds.
Spud: That's what it takes? I always wondered what it took.
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A complete list of this film's associate producers is available upon written request. See more »

Connections

References UHF (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of the Old Mill
Words by David Mamet
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Sung by Patti LuPone
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I guess that Hollywood and small-town America just don't mix!
22 July 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

When Hollywood (with all its ruthlessness, immorality, and other R-rated-or-are-they characteristics) comes to an idealistic small town (with its farms, mom-and-pop stores, and other G-rated-or-are-they characteristics), what could possibly go wrong? The answer is, of course, everything. Director Walt Price (William H. Macy) is uptight, while star Bob Barrenger (Alec Baldwin) can't keep his zipper shut in the presence of local teenager Carla (Julia Stiles). Meanwhile, everyone in town wants a piece of the movie's action, and they won't easily be discouraged from getting it.

"State and Main" just might be David Mamet's funniest movie ever. Poking fun at both Tinseltown and the "ideal small town", he creates a story that's as biting as it is zany.

I have a question, though. Charles Durning plays Mayor George Bailey. Was that name a reference to Jimmy Stewart's character in "It's a Wonderful Life"?


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