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State and Main (2000)

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

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

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ESP 45,156,288 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

The character of the Fake Judge is credited to "Jerry Graff," which is the name of an unseen character in David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross." A credit for Jerry Graff also appears in three other Mamet-directed movies: "The Spanish Prisoner," "Homicide," and "Things Change," which may make him the George Spelvin of Mamet films. See more »

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At 37 minutes, when Carla enters the Waterford Tavern to deliver Bob Barrenger's lunch, she is wearing a brown pullover beneath her overcoat, but when she enters Bob's hotel room, the pullover has been switched for a blue cardigan. See more »

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Joseph Turner White: Ever wonder why the Dalmatian's the symbol of the firehouse?
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The Song of the Old Mill
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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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