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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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Michael Bradshaw ...
Priest
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Hotel Clerk
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Water Delivery Man
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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Atentie, se filmeaza!  »

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

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$6,920,692 (USA) (11 March 2001)
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A quote from this film inspired the name of the production company Gift for Fiction entertainment, which produced the films "Less Like Me" and "Smile." See more »

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Reflected in car window near end of the picture. See more »

Quotes

[Marty eats a piece of bread]
Marty Rossen: Mm, this is good. Have you tried it?
Walt Price: Oh, like I'm really going to eat carbohydrates.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, after the end of the song, "The Song of the Old Mill," a fictional interviewer speaks to Howie Gold (played by Jonathan Katz) about the song. Gold says the song can no longer be called "The Song of the Old Mill," since the movie's title has been changed from "The Old Mill" to "The Fires of Home." See more »

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The Song of the Old Mill
Words by David Mamet
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Sung by Patti LuPone
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Light but intelligent
3 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) has never been so winsome, nor Philip Seymour Hoffman so innocent. It is light fare, but the dialogue, thanks to Mamet's talent, nonetheless has an edge and intelligence missing from most romantic comedies.

The Hollywood crew, post-Entourage, seems almost dated, though David Paymer does a good job of seeming tough while remaining surprisingly vulnerable. Clark Gregg, on the town side, does an under-appreciated job of playing the jilted fiancé and future corrupt politician.

Contrasting this 10-year-old film with nonsense like (500) Days of Summer, you can see the difference between good light comedy and bad light comedy. Pidgeon and Hoffman at least hint at complexities of character that make their relationship an interesting prospect.


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