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Scotland, Pa. (2001)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  22 January 2001 (USA)
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A modernized retelling of "MacBeth" set in 1970s suburban Pennsylvania. Joe McBeth, an unambitious hamburger stand employee, is driven to success by his scheming wife.

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Malcolm Duncan (as Thomas Guiry)
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Stacy (Hippie #1)
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Joe McBeth is a hard-working but unambitious doofus who toils at a hamburger stand alongside his wife Pat, who has a significant edge in the brains department. Pat is convinced she could do a lot better with the place than their boss Norm Duncan is doing, so she works up a plan to usurp Norm, convincing Mac to rob the restaurant's safe and then murder Norm, using the robbery as a way of throwing the police off their trail. Though two stoners and a would-be fortune teller warn Mac that bad luck awaits him, he gathers his courage and goes through with his wife's scheme. At first, things seem to have gone just as Pat hoped, and after Norm's sons sell the restaurant to the McBeths (they pay for it with the money they stole from Norm), business takes off. But vegetarian police detective McDuff is convinced there's foul play at the new center of the fast food universe, and when the McBeths fear that fry cook Banco knows more than he's letting on, Mac takes charge in the plotting department ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, some nudity, drug content and brief violence
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$43,366 (USA) (8 February 2002)

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$384,098 (USA) (28 June 2002)
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The oven mitt that Pat McBeth uses to cover up the burn mark has the same tartan as the clan McBeth. See more »

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When McDuff is interviewing people in the restaurant, his glasses disappear and reappear between shots. See more »

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Joe 'Mac' McBeth: I hate to break it to you, Lieutenant, but this is not an episode of 'Columbo,' all right? I'm not gonna break down, hand you the gun, then get waltzed out of here between a couple of good-looking cops with my head bowed down.
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Version of Macbeth (1908) See more »

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Can't You See
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
Published by Spirit One Music (BMI)
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Duncan Donuts...
18 February 2002 | by (hiding under my seat) – See all my reviews

I really didn't get the "Duncan Donuts" gag until I sat down to write this brief review. It's that kind of movie, I guess: it is smarter than you think, but in ways that aren't necessarily very illuminating to the core of the drama.

This take on Shakespeare's MacBeth is both lightweight and light on its feet. It doesn't take itself very seriously but it takes what it wants from the material and spins it into an unexpected and hard to categorize movie. Think "Dazed and Confused" meets the Bard and you're getting pretty close to the mark, but it's campier than that, not as heartfelt, more smart-alecky. There's a little Twin Peaks bound up in the recipe, as well.

Though the material is not as well-crafted as, say, "Shakespeare in Love", the sloppy, homemade quality almost becomes its central aesthetic. It feels like something you'd dream up on a Friday night sitting around a hookah with your best friends, and by Saturday morning nobody could remember quite what you were talking about.

Even though the film utterly lacks the air of serious drama that one normally expects in a rendition of a Shakespearian tragedy, one can't help but wonder if the slapdash charms of this production might not actually lie closer to what versions Shakespeare himself might have seen produced at the Globe...rowdy, loose, untamed entertainment that races from one side of the stage to the other without pausing to ask what its all about.


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