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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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Ann
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Hotel Clerk
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Water Delivery Man
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Bellhop
Michael James O'Boyle ...
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Charlotte Potok ...
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$580,163, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,920,692, 11 March 2001
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Trivia

In the scene after Doug Mackenzie (Clark Gregg) is bribed to drop the statutory rape case, we see Ann, John Turner White, and a State Trooper standing by a door. The Judges Clerk passes through the door and then follows the Judge as he exits the room. The Judges Clerk is played by a young John Krasinski.(in an uncredited role), who went on to fame as Jim in the American version of The Office. See more »

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In the magazine article about Bob Barrenger that Carla is seen reading in the coffee shop, the first paragraph talks about how young Bob was an ugly kid in school who none of the girls liked. The paragraph ends with the ominous sentence "Perhaps that explains his current predicament." The very next paragraph, and indeed the rest of the article, pertains to President Clinton's decision to cut military ties to Indonesia and the ramifications thereof which appears to be from a news story relevant to the era of production. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Turner White: Ever wonder why the Dalmatian's the symbol of the firehouse?
Ann Black: First organized fire department was on the border of Dalmatia and Sardinia in the year 642.
Joseph Turner White: That's why the Dalmatian?
Ann Black: It was either that, or a sardine.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the closing credits, immediately following a brief jazzy instrumental, a voice (David Mamet) says, "Once more, and can you try to play the notes this time." See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

The Song of the Old Mill
Words by David Mamet
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Sung by Patti LuPone
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David Mamet takes a change of pace
23 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

If you know Mamet's film history, you'll realize often, he writes about lowlifes and depressing (though good) subject matter such as the Untouchables, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Winslow Boy. But now, Mamet turns to light comedy and succeeds, even if as times it's a little too light.

The film is mainly supported (besides a clever script) by it's cast including William H. Macy delivering some good laughs as a director who comes off like he did in Fargo, only more like you would see a director. Phillip Seymour Hoffman makes good as a writer, Alec Baldwin brings some sly humor as a big movie star who can't get away from 14 year old girls (though Julia Stiles doesn't look 14), Sarah Jessica Parker is actually sexy here, and David Paymer is stunningly funny as a go for broke producer. At points, one could compare this movie to the brilliant Bowfinger from last year and they might be right, but Mamet also adds in stuff about small towns as well. Enjoyable to say the least. B+


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